Pantone Colour of 2015: MARSALA

I’m sure by now you have all spotted a certain colour trend featured heavily on all image-sharing websites. You know the colour I’m referring to – it is sort of a dusty red-ish brown-ish colour… Or is it more like a dull cranberry? Maybe it’s pink-ish paprika? Anyhoo, however you choose to describe it, it is called Marsala and it is Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2015.

Named after the Italian wine, the colour Marsala is said to be both elegant and earthy. While it took me some time to warm to it, I have seen some beautiful applications. Sleek Hollywood leading ladies walking the red carpet draped in gorgeous Marsala-coloured silks and a plush Marsala-hued velvet sofa – very dramatic.

Here is what Pantone had to say about their choice:

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

“Whether in a flat or textured material, or with a matte or gloss finish, this highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.”

And of course we can’t sign off without showing you some Marsala-inspired interiors and décor! Please click on the images below to enlarge and view sources…

So what do you think of the Colour of the Year? Yay or Nay?

Trend Alert: Gold

Did you know that Plascon announced on Monday that Gold is their selected Colour of the Month? With Christmas and New Year’s just around the corner, I think Gold is the perfect choice for the month of December – very season appropriate.

Over the past year we’ve gradually seen the metals trend morph from bright strong Coppers to the more mellow Golds. In fact, Anne Roselt Plascon’s Colour Manager, stated that Gold was “a stand-out colour” at Decorex International this year.

In the past Gold has often been associated with classical and overly opulent interiors. Until recently even I thought of Gold as dated (“oude doos” as the Afrikaner would say). However, I love the current trend of introducing soft golds into contemporary interiors – especially where it plays contrast against a bold black and white colour scheme. There is just something so glamorous about glittery Gold – if it is tastefully used that is.

Here is a little golden inspiration for you…

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Pretty Pink for Cancer Awareness

By Marica

We recently spotted a post on the Decorex blog reminding us that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the post they list a few local initiatives that contribute towards the cancer cause and not only gives back to those affected but also funds research. Read their blog post: here. Please also consider supporting the cause directly by pledging a donating on the CANSA website: here.

I also feel that as ladies we have a personal duty to create awareness within our inner circles – the word of a friend carries far greater weight than that of impersonal third party.

Here is a quick and worthy example: The first Monday of every month I have “Cook Club” – a joyful gathering where eight like-minded ladies socialize over great food and excellent company. We generally have a rip-roaring good time with a good measure of side-splitting laughter. At this month’s gathering one of the lovely ladies plucked out a plastic bag filled with intriguing yet hidden goodies and ominously said: “Pick one, but beware – each has a consequence.

One by one we cautiously stuck our hand in the mysterious bag and blindly picked an item – which all turned out to be some kind of body-care product. She then went on to explain the consequence (or rather commitment) of each item picked. The ladies who picked the lotion had to commit to administering a breast self-examination, those who picked the lip balm had to do the same AND additionally tell a friend. Two ladies (of which I am one) chose the room spray which we leant meant scheduling an appointment with a gynae within the next year, and so it went on…

Don’t you agree that this is an unthreatening and fun way to create cancer awareness? Why not try it on your girlfriends this October…

You can read more about breast cancer awareness and prevention on the CANSA website: here.

Now of course, since we here at The Tabloid are all about the pretty, we couldn’t forgo the opportunity to show you something pretty, pink and local in celebration of Breast Awareness Month. Find some pink inspiration below…

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1 Pink Lego Bookends by Big Kid Designs available through Hello Pretty.
2 Pale Pink Ceramic Jug by Nest available through Spree.
3 Candy Heart Oven Glove available at Mr. Price Home.
4 Pink Neon-Striped Scarf by Style Republic available through Spree.
5 Candyfloss Ombré Pink Cushion Cover by Touchee Feelee.
6 Blossom Bird Scatter Cushion available at Mr. Price Home.

Skinny laMinx DIY Fabric Squares

By Marica

A couple of weeks ago Heather of Skinny laMinx introduced a brand new, quirky item to her gorgeous product range –  DIY Fabric Squares! Upon seeing this, Rose and I immediately starting making groot planne (that’s “big plans” for those who are Afrikaans-challenged). I absolutely adore the pink & red colour mix and Rose lost her heart on the green & blue number – in fact she has two easy chairs in her living room earmarked for a “patchy” re-upholstery.

The DIY squares consist of various Skinny fabric offcuts sorted into colour groups like Reds & Pinks, Yellows, Black & White, etc. Each pack contains fifty 15 x 15cm (6″ x 6″) squares and if stitched together, you’ll get a panel approximately 1m  (3’3”) square.

Just think of the beautiful patchwork quilt you can make of this!!

You can find the Skinny laMinx DIY Fabric Square pack in her shop on Bree street, or purchase it online through her website or Etsy.

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{Images via Skinny laMinx}

Plascon Colour Forecast 2014

Last weekend Decorex Joburg saw the launch of Plascon‘s much anticipated annual colour forecast. The Plascon Colour Forecast 2014, developed in conjunction with leading design and trend thinkers, presents a snapshot of what is happening in the worlds of design and interior decoration both locally and internationally. It interprets the most relevant and contemporary colours into easy-to-use, inspiring palettes.

The theme for this year’s colour forecast is “Colour Nation” – hinting at the relationship between colour, our identities, our world, and our experience of it. As always, the theme is divided into key colour schemes or palettes: “Urban Tribe,” “Second Nature,” “Calm Contrast,” and “Inner Space“…

The 2014 Colour Forecast Themes:

Urban Tribe is a response to the growing trend towards national pride – Urban Tribe expresses this with a warm and grounded palette of contemporary brights, plus gold and black accents. We love the warm combination of the purple and red berry tones and the brighter coral peach… and that hint of gold that adds dimension and luxury!

Key Influences – African and South American vivid brights, high contrast combinations, retro-modern design, raw and refined.

Second Nature takes a new look at our relationship with the natural world. As more and more people live in cities, the urban space becomes our key reference point, and combining this with the natural world becomes vital to keep our lives balanced. This sentiment is captured in a bright, vibrant palette of greens and blues, activated by a bright yellow accent. Favourite colour combo: deep blue and bright yellow – what an amazing contrast!

Key Influences: South American rain forest, jungle and acid green tones, tropical inspired motives, urban pattern, eclectic combinations.

Calm Contrast tracks the evolution of pastels in modern design, showing how they’ve moved on from being purely “feminine” colours. This palette shows the combination of classic pastels with grounding neutrals, plus dark blue and copper, creating a balanced, contemporary feeling.

Key Influences: Faceted geometry, contemporary romanticism, modern meets classic, subtle contrasts, natural finishes.

Inner Space is inspired by the ways in which we use sanctuary environments to rest and reflect in a busy world. Drawing colour inspiration from the stars and universe above us to enhance the contemplative mood, the theme is expressed through a collection of neutrals and blues for a deep, tonal palette. Rose and I just LOVE the idea of a dramatic inky blue wall! We have specified a similar blue for a clients bedroom walls and it looked absolutely smashing! Definitely not for the faint-hearted  – but man, what a STATEMENT!

Key Influences: Space and the galaxy, deep and moody colour, lunar greys and neutrals, night sky blue.

{What do you think of Plascon’s 2014 Colour Forecast?}