Plascon Colour Forecast 2017

Plascon Colour Forecast 2017

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:

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colour story one: ANONYMOUS

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Trend: Factory Windows

Trend Alert: Factory Windows

By Marica

A few months ago in our post, Trend Alert: Black Metal, you might recall that I mentioned “Factory Windows” in passing. The particular post was about the widespread popularity and diverse use of “Black Metal” in interiors, homeware and fixtures.

At the time I felt that the revival and reappropriation of Factory Windows is currently such an amazing phenomenon and beautiful interior trend that it deserved a Trend Alert post of its own…

What is a Factory Window?

Let’s first establish what I mean by “Factory Window”. A Factory Window is a big steel-framed, multi-pane window that was often used in factories, industrial buildings and warehouses in the early to mid 19th century (and before).

These windows were popular for two rather practical reasons:

Firstly, the steel grid or “muntins” provided a solid structure to create a much larger window than was the norm of the time. Its size provided an abundance of natural light for the factory workers labouring inside.

Furthermore, small pane windows are not only more affordable to produce but also cheaper to replace. If one pane of glass breaks you only have to replace that one pane and not the entire window.

A Factory Window Revival:

While the resurgence of factory windows is definitely not a new trend – it has been circulating for a few years now – it seems that its popularity has reached a peak.

I cannot read an interior blog or browse through my Pinterest feed without seeing a dozen images of factory windows being used in (un)usual ways. I mean, what is an Industrial styled loft without a stunning (and appropriate) factory window?!

I believe it is precisely due to the eclipsing popularity and longevity of the Industrial interior style that factory windows are currently such a runaway success.

 Vintage vs Faux Factory Windows:

The “real deal” vintage steel factory windows would of course be first prize. Many salvage yards and second-hand dealers sell reclaimed building materials from refurbished or demolished buildings. Here in Cape Town for instance, one only has to drive down the Woodstock or Salt River main road to spot vintage windows and doors stacked up on various thrift shop sidewalks.

However, if you can’t manage to get your hands on reclaimed factory windows, there is no shame in “faking it”. Many homeowners and designers choose to have factory-like steel windows custom-made to fit their specific space and purpose. This can however be a costly exercise.

It is for that exact reason that many opt to recreate the factory window effect using wood. Once the window grid has been constructed from square pieces of timber and has been painted in the desired colour, no one will know the difference.

Factory Windows Used as Shower Doors & Screens:

We have spotted one more curious use for factory windows – this time in the bathroom. Instead of using the standard, manufacturer’s glass doors and screens one can use factory windows to enclose a shower. A similar effect can be created by using steel French windows and doors.

Bathrooms are excellent, yet often underutilised, spaces to create decorative features and focal points. Factory windows will add an interesting vintage industrial flavour to your bathroom.

Bright & Colourful Factory Windows:

While black is the colour one immediately associates with the Factory Window trend, it is not necessarily mutually exclusive. Yes, the contrast of inky black against stark white walls – particularly in a monochromatic Scandinavian type interior – is beautiful.

However, a white painted window frame can work just as well, especially if your space has a softer colour scheme or if you are trying to avoid a standout feature. Another popular choice is grey – be it a soft dove grey or a darker gunmetal grey or charcoal. Grey as a colour choice is very much in keeping with that of an Industrial Style colour palette without being as harsh as black.

If however you want to add a playful facet to your home, you can consider painting your factory windows in a bright colour. Sunny yellow and shades of blue are excellent options that will add a happy element to your space.

Quick Tip #46: Clothes Hanger Coat Rack

Here is the second to last tip in our Décor Quick Tip mini series about interesting things to do with the humble clothes hanger…

#46  Need some more organisational hanging space? Well, if you have some extra wooden clothes hangers lying around you might want to consider repurposing them into a one-of-a-kind coat rack. The hanger hooks act as a perfect catch for keys and handbags, while the wooden arm of the hanger serves as an excellent peg for coats, scarves and hats. Cut your hangers and attached them to some kind of backing board – be creative with your configuration. Now simply fix your coat rack unto a wall – the entrance foyer or dressing room would be ideal.

See more examples of clothes hanger displays on our “Storage” pinboard on Pinterest: here.


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#46  Soek jy meer hangspasie? Wel, as jy ‘n ektra paar hout klerehangers het wat rondlê kan jy dit in ‘n unieke en ongewone kapstok omskep. Die hanger haak tree op as ‘n perfekte vangs vir sleutels en handsakke, terwyl die hout arm van die hanger dien as ‘n uitstekende pen vir jasse, serpe en hoede. Sny jou hangers en skroef dit vas aan ‘n plank of substraat wat maklik aan die muur geheg kan word. Wees kreatief met jou hanger uitleg. Monteer dan jou kapstok teen ‘n muur – die ingangsportaal of aantrekkamer sal ideaal wees .

Vir meer voorbeelde van klerehanger idees besoek op ons “Storage” pinboard op Pinterest: hier.

Emerald Green Velvet Sofa

Home Must Have: Stunning Velvet Sofas

Want to know what is on this interior designer’s personal home upgrade wish list?

A gorgeous, dramatic velvet sofa.

Preferably in a bold jewel tone colour – like a striking teal, emerald or amethyst pink.

I swoon every time a scroll through my Pinterest feed and spot another beautiful brightly-hued velvet sofa. There is just something so beautifully decadent about a velvet sofa – it’s almost theatrical. It is probably because velvet is synonymous with luxury and opulence. Rose recently sourced a stunning sapphire blue velvet sofa for a client of ours. I cannot even begin to describe to you how amazing it looked.

Maybe it is the colder months or the fact that velvet is so amazingly tactile that is driving my velvet sofa desire. I just want to curl up on one with a good book and a throw. Or maybe stroke it ever so gently… I promise I’m not weird.

Until a few years ago velvet was used quite sparingly as it had a reputation of being somewhat “gauche”. I mean, I’m sure we all had a grandma or great aunt with a ratty velvet sofa in her lounge.  Now velvet is experiencing a trendy revival… and I would give my right arm for my Gran’s ratty vintage velvet sofa.

Although velvet looks smashing on any style of sofa, I think there is something extra dramatic and seductive about a velvet sofa in a slightly more classical / traditional style. Take a Chesterfield or English Roll-Arm sofa for instance – it is as if it was made to be decked out in plush velvet. Maybe it is all the curves and deep-buttoning.

I did a quick online search to see what is available locally and was quite disappointed with the selection. I guess if I ever want to get a velvet sofa for my living room I would have to have it custom made trough on of Design Monarchy’s trusty suppliers.

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Swedish Elle blogger Elsa Billgren shared a couple of snaps of her Stockholm apartment. The crowning jewel of the living room would have to be this gorgeous green velvet sofa. The sofa from Ikea is appropriately called the “Stockholm” sofa and its slight Mid-Century Modern lines works perfectly in Elsa’s Scandi styled flat.  |  Photo: Beata Holmgren

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Interior designer Harriet Anstruther made sure to add some punch to her bright 1840’s London town house with this bold pink velvet sofa. The use of black and white makes for a dramatic colour combination.  |  Photo: Paul Raeside via housetohome

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Oh my, how I love stylist Emily Henderson‘s use of colour! Here, in the studio of Joy Cho of Oh Joy!, she had a quirky little retro sofa upholstered in a beautiful emerald velvet and paired it with hot pink velvet easy chairs. Do yourself a favour and pop over to Emily’s blog to see the rest of Joy’s studio – it is SERIOUSLY envy-worthy!  |  Photo: Zeke Ruelas

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I cannot tell you how much I love this bold red deep-buttoned velvet sofa in the pink-walled living room of New York interior designer, Miles Redd. Miles, who is known for his quirky brand of cosy glamour used to be the creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home.

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Love the touches of yellow New York interior design firm, Tilton Fenwick, used to complement this blue velvet deep-buttoned (or “tuffed” as the Yanks call it) sofa in this Greenwich Village Loft. | Photo: Trevor Tondro

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Another Mid-century Modern inspired velvet sofa, this one from Urban Outfitters. What would you call this colour? Chartreuse? BTW – can you believe this one is a sleeper couch?

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What an absolute statement this mustard-coloured velvet English Roll-Arm sofa by Rose & Grey makes! And it looks SO comfy too!

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This velvet sofa might actually be my favourite – a striking deep-buttoned Chesterfield style sofa with slightly sloped rolled arms – in a delicious deep purple of course! It is called the “Darcy” sofa from UK furniture manufactures, Arlo & Jacob.  |  Photo via Dear Designer

What do you think about these gorgeous velvet sofas? Are you going to add a velvet sofa to your home “must-have” list like I did? 

Get The Look: Industrial Home Bar

Get This Look: Industrial Home Bar

By Marica

Get The Look: Industrial Home Bar

After last month’s Trend Alert post about black metal we thought to put together a little “Get The Look” article featuring a prominent black metal item just to illustrate how edgy and striking this interior trend is.

I found this super cool and beautifully styled industrial setup on Stylizimo. It is from the gorgeous Scandinavian home of blogger, artist and all round interior design enthusiast, Nina Holst. Nina created this space to serve as additional storage in her dining area. I took one look at the metal cabinet and the glasses inside it and thought: “that would make one sleek sexy Industrial-style bar cabinet for your home!” Just add decanters and wine bottles on top of the cabinet and store all you glasses and cocktail making goodies inside. 

Making this Industrial-styled bar cabinet scene your own is quite easy. Here is the furniture and décor items you will need to achieve this look:

GET THIS LOOK:

1. This large elegant glass bell jar with wooden base can be a beautiful decorative feature – just place a succulent or small ornament inside.  |  {where to buy: @Home}

2. I adore this broody portrait of “Mrs Mia Wallace” by talented Londen-based illustrator Ruben Ireland. It can be purchased online – either framed or unframed – but I would definitely go for a gorgeous black box frame.  |  {where to buy: Superbalist}

3. This edgy fine art print of an original watercolour skull by artist Jessica Rowe will add the trendy focal point needed to make this space unforgettable.  |  {where to buy: Superbalist}

4. The monochromatic setup needs a bit of greenery to break the monotony. A succulent is a good low-maintenance choice. Although plastic greenery is definitely second prize, those with who struggle to keep anything green alive can opt for a artificial plant like this one. At least the paint-dipped concrete planter is pretty cool!  |  {where to buy: Mr Price Home}

5. The most important element in achieving this interior look is the striking black metal industrial cabinet. I could not believe my luck when I found something similar locally!  |  {where to buy: @Home}

6. ADD THIS: Glass terrariums are all the rage! This beautiful diamond-shaped terrarium with its lead-trimmed glass panes will fit this industrial home bar scene like a glove.  |  {where to buy: Down2Earth}

7. If you want to add a bit of understated glitz to your bar cabinet, exchange the white tray for this gold one. Remember trays are excellent tools to create successful decor vignettes or to keep your clutter organised. Pop your collection of liquor bottles and decanters on the tray to take this drinks cabinet to the next level.  |  {where to buy: H&M}

 

Quick Tip #45: Clothes Hanger Art Display

Here is the third clever tip in our Décor Quick Tip mini series about interesting things to do with the humble clothes hanger…

#45  For an unusual, playful yet practical way of displaying your art, use wooden clothes or trouser hangers as an alternative to framing. Tired of your current art display? For an instant wall refresh, just unclip the old prints and swap them out for new images. No time and money wasted on framing and reframing. This is an especially handy method to exhibit your children’s artwork.

See more examples of clothes hanger displays on our “Storage” pinboard on Pinterest: here.


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#45  Is jy op soek na ‘n ongewone, speelse, tog praktiese manier om jou kunswerke te vertoon? Gebruik hout klere- of broekhangers; dit is ‘n wonderlike alternatief as jy nie jou kuns wil laat raam nie. Moeg vir die kunsversameling wat huidig op jou muur is? Verfris dit in ‘n oogwink – ruil net die ou kunswerke op die hangers met nuwe stukke. Hierdie is ook besonderse gerieflike manier om jou kind se talle kunswerke uit te stal.

Vir meer voorbeelde van klerehanger idees besoek op ons “Storage” pinboard op Pinterest: hier.