Category Archives: Colour Inspiration
If you have been watching your Pinterest and Instagram feeds I’m sure you would have noticed a strong influx of soft and gentle pinks. And, just to be clear, when we say “pink” we are not speaking of a candy-coloured baby pink or a bold fuchsia. Oh no, we mean gorgeous shades of blush – delicate and warm with an almost “skin” like or “nude” undertone. So subtle a colour it is almost bordering on a neutral.
I have to admit this trend alert comes to you a little belatedly. However, Rose and I are so taken with this colour that we could not let the opportunity pass to share it with you. I suppose one thing that works in our favour is that trends take so long to reach retail level – it seems once the general public notices a trend and sees it on the shop shelves, it is almost old news online.
This gorgeous colour trend is another gifted to us by the fashion industry – think pretty barely-there pink lips, flowing and soft dusty rose fabrics, and stunning nude pink leathers and shoes.
Furthermore, it is not surprising that blush coloured interiors are all the rage as such a pink was Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2016. The lovely pink, called “Rose Quartz”, actually formed part of a colour duo, a first for Pantone. It was paired with “Serenity” – a soft blue.
Blush, while understated, can be quite chic and sophisticated. Even though the colour is soft and strikingly feminine, it is not necessarily fluffy or overly “girly”. Because of its dusty muted undertones Blush can easily be incorporated into a more masculine or gender-neutral interior.
In colour psychology Blush pink signifies tenderness, tranquillity and a nurturing strength. When introduce into one’s interior it can have a very enveloping womb-like and calming effect. It is therefore an excellent choice for spaces such as bedrooms and bathrooms or any other areas where you seek comfort and relaxation.
Because of its warm almost-neutral quality, Blush pink falls more into the Winter colour sphere than that of Spring. It works well with greys, whites, and other muted pastel shades like pale sage greens. This rosy colour also looks beautiful when combined with lighter Scandinavian woods and warm metals like copper or rose gold.
If you are afraid of creating an excessively feminine space, use a more neutral colour as a base and only incorporate Blush as an accent by way of your decorative accessories.
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Plascon has once again unveiled their annual Colour Forecast as well as the official Plascon Colour of the Year 2017. As always, the Forecast has taken its inspiration from global colour trends and interpreted it into four themes or “colour stories” as Plascon has aptly named them. Each story takes the form of a colour palette and décor direction, encompassing not just what the theme looks like, but also the mood and energy evoked by each one. Below we share a quick overview of each scheme as taken from the forecast booklet…
Colour Forecast 2017:
colour story one: ANONYMOUS
Seek simplicity with ANONYMOUS…
light • simple • calm
“This theme is a response to our busy live s. It’s about stripping back to basics and embracing the softer things in life.
This gender-neutral palette can work across all rooms and styles. Unsure of purple shades? Don’t be. Purple promotes creativity and innovation, making it an ideal colour for your social or work space.”
colour story two: TERRAIN
Be grounded by TERRAIN…
rich • earthy • warm
“Inspired by desert landscapes, this warm theme balances earthy, mineral and neutral colours in an easy-to-use palette.
The trick to using this colour story is to concentrate on greys and neutrals first to provide a subtle backdrop. Then use the other colours (such the punchy ‘Sunrise Glow’) sparingly to create an energetic accent.”
colour story three: PRISM
Explore possibilities with PRISM…
youthful • bright • fun
“Taking digital art as inspiration, this theme explores depth and layers in colour. It’s about having fun with colour and embracing bold design.
The secret to pulling off this bright palette is to only use a touch of the more vibrant tones. Contrast the deeper colours with the lighter ones for a fresh, contemporary feeling.”
colour story four: PAUSE
Embrace neutrals with PAUSE…
Minimalist • warm • lived-in
“It may be minimal at heart but ‘PAUSE’ has maximum appeal. It’s perfect for everyone who loves a sophisticated neutral look.
To add a modern touch to your home, pair this colour story with a combination of metal fittings and bleached woods.”
the 2017 colour of the year: IN THE MOOD
Plascon also announced their chosen Colour of the Year for 2017. “IN THE MOOD” 06-E2-3 is a soft earthy neutral with a slight pink undertone. This is not surprising selection as pinky nude colours have been one of the most popular choices of fashion designers during the last year. Interesting to see how the interior trends evolves from the fashion industry.
Here is what Plascon had to say about their Colour of the Year 2017:
“Taken from the TERRAIN colour story, this easy-to-use, earthy colour is anything but basic. It’s perfect background for any space and pairs beautifully with other colours.
The colour of the year is a neutral like no other. It’s beautifully complex in appearance and effortless calming in its nature.”
What do you guys and gals think of Plascon’s 2017 Colour Forecast and the Colour of the Year?
The colour story that really appeals to me is “Pause” – it is so beautifully soft and feminine. Furthermore, I suspect that we here at Design Monarchy might be using colours from the “Prism” theme more than once as it contains punchy colours perfect for accent furniture pieces.
Check out the Plascon Trends website (here) for more Colour Forecast awesomeness and to take a peek through the online Forecast booklet…
Are you in the mood to do something a little unusual with your space… a bit daring even? Here is an atypical home trend you might want to try: painted ceilings. And no, I definitely DO NOT mean white – or off-white for that matter! I’m talking bold, bright, unapologetic colour!
Think about it. We decorate and colour-in our floors, walls and everything else, yet our ceilings remain a large unused stretch of open real-estate. Consider it as a fifth wall – another blank canvas to be painted.
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Painting the Fifth Wall:
While a white-painted ceiling is the traditional and safe choice, it is also predictable and boring. It has been the norm for far too long! Giving your ceiling a fresh lick of paint is an unexpected and playful approach to add colour and interest to your interior without overwhelming the space.
It is said that a white ceiling appears higher and brighter, while a coloured ceiling appears lower. However, if the colour and application thereof is chosen with care it can actually make your ceiling look higher. It is therefore important to select the right colour and shade that will best suit en compliment your space.
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Things to Keep in Mind When Painting Your Ceiling:
⊗ Height: If you are brave enough to opt for a very bright or dark painted ceiling, you have to ensure that you have the appropriate ceiling height. The last thing you want is to feel claustrophobic. The ceiling should preferably be 2.7m or higher if you want to prevent the room from feeling like it is closing in on you.
⊗ Colour Balance: If you choose to paint your ceiling in a coloured tone or darker shade, consider keeping your walls light or neutral to avoid colour overload. Light will cause the colour on your ceiling to reflect and bounce unto your walls. So, ideally one should pair a painted ceiling with white to create a beautiful contrast and a pleasing balance.
⊗ Light: Make sure your space has an abundance of natural light. Painting the ceiling of a dark room with little natural light will make it look like a cave.
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Different Painted Ceiling Configurations to Try:
⊗ The “Broad Brush”: Walls and ceilings are painted the exact same colour. This seamless effect, where walls flow directly into ceiling without interruption, creates a sense of completion and a feeling that you are enveloped by colour. This works best with lighter shades and gentle hues.
⊗ The “One-Shade Darker”: The ceiling is painted the same colour as the walls but one or two tones darker. This effect gives your room an almost ombré, paint chip / deck effect. Use light to light-medium tones.
⊗ The “Kickstand”: The ceiling and a single wall is painted the same colour. This effect elevates the walls and ceiling by drawing the eye up the painted wall towards the ceiling. Here you can attempt a brighter colour for a playful and unusual room feature.
⊗ The “Ceiling with a Skirt”: The ceiling and cornice is painted in the same colour. You can also extend the paint effect further downwards to create a broad skirt or band of colour all around the walls of your room. This effect adds a sense of snug intimacy and cosiness.
⊗ The “Contrast”: The ceiling is painted in a bright or vivid pop of colour paired with white walls and mouldings to create a bold contrast. Be warned – this option is not for the faint of heart.
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