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…

{click on images to enlarge & view sources}

Review: Plascon Spaces Magazine

Heck – you know the old adage about time flying – well right now that is just what I feel like saying  “what the heck – how time has flown past”.  It has been quite a while since I did the last magazine review. (Errmm– not that we have done many of those!)

Today I am going to take a look at the Plascon Spaces Magazine. Although this mag has been on the shelves for many years, it was not really one that I felt the need to get involved in. For no specific reason other than the fact that I was just maxed out when it came to reading interiors magazines and blogs.

But I found myself unable to resist picking up and flipping through the Plascon Spaces mag in the notorious Woolworths “temptation isle”. Each edition has the most amazing covers and eventually I bought one. And have done so ever since, not wanting to miss out on any of the issues.

It is page turning inspiration from the first page to the last. I am one who is not afraid of strong and bold colours and, I guess for me, that is one of the draw cards of this magazine. Since Spaces is connected to the Plascon paint brand and seemingly one of their marketing tools, you can expect it to be vibrating with loads of colour.

But that is not all that Spaces is about. Over and above the trendy colour palettes ideas, you will find plenty of inspiration to indulge your creative flair via the most exquisitely styled images. I mean these images take my mind to such an inspired space, that all I want to do is get out there and create something similar. In fact, I drew inspiration for one of our recent projects from Issue 7. One of my favourite regular features is the “1 Room 4 Looks” section where they take one room set-up and dress it in four different styles and colour schemes… seriously cool.

They also take you along with them to visit the spaces, places and homes of local designers. Or just simply fabulous homes to be found in SA.  And man, do they manage to convey amazing interiors via they photography.

For me this Plascon Spaces magazine is top quality including the actual quality of the paper. Were you to ask me to rate it between 0 to 5 (5 being excellent) I would have to give it a 4 or 4 ½.

Go along – see for yourself if you have not yet tried this magazine. Like Nike says: JUST DO IT!

{Images via Plascon Spaces}

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?}

Colour-Coded Inspiration: Red, White & Blue

By Marica

It seems the month of July is set to be a celebration of red, white, and blue. America celebrated their Independence Day on the 4th with their usual patriotic tricolour vigour, Andy Murray’s tennis triumph lead to surge in British nationalistic pride as he was the first Brit to win the Wimbledon Men’s Singles in over 77 years, and then this coming weekend (the 14th to be exact) the French will be celebrating Bastille Day.

Now, when creating a room using the red, white, and blue colour combo consider keeping the white colour ratio high with pops of the brighter colours – this will insure a fresh interior. Do not to overdo the red and blue. You also don’t necessarily have to go the patriotic route and slap a flag everywhere – red, white, and blue colouring is closely associated with nautical design. Incorporate a handful of stripes and nautical baubles in your room to give it that maritime flair!

Sometimes… ever so often, I have the tiniest bit of flag envy. Don’t get me wrong – I love the South African flag and everything it stands for… but jeez louise it sure is difficult to incorporate that multicoloured design into an attractive interior.

Red White & Blue Colour-Coded Inspiration ǀ The Design Tabloid (1)

Featured Image via House and Home. From top right:  Gasby Lamp (Blue) – Pezula | Red Ceramic Rabbit – Sootcookie via Utique | Union Jack Egg Chair – Robert Thompson | Red Glass Medicine Bottle – Mr. Price Home |  Lithography on Limestone Tiles – Ruan Hoffmann via Africandy | Union Jack & Stars Scatter – Weylandts | Red Striped Cushion – Woolworths | Love Cushion – Mr. Price Home

Red White & Blue Colour-Coded Inspiration ǀ The Design Tabloid (2)

Featured Image: here. From top right:  Shweshwe Hearts Cushion – Design Kist via 5Rooms | Red Tolix Chair – Chair Crazy | Porcelain Tapas Bowls – Woolworths | Red Retro Kitchen Clock – @Home |  Pantone Storage Tins – 5Rooms | Little Man Lamp – David Krynauw via Africandy | Blue & White Cross Throw – Woolworths | UK Crown Scatter – Fundi via Shopscoop

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Colour-Coded Inspiration: Mint & Coral

By Marica

Wow, we haven’t done a Colour-Coded Inspiration in ages – about high time!

The following beautiful colour combo has been trending for almost two years now, and we have been dying to use it in a colour-coded post. Unfortunately, the South African retail market is rather sluggish in introducing these amazing colours into our local décor and homeware stores. Even today I struggled to find local product in these colourways (seriously retail people   wakey-wakey)! So, in order share this delicious combo with you I sourced all the products from Etsy!

Mint is a soft pale green with a tiny touch of blue – in other words it is not a lemony green. I have seen quite a few misinterpretations of the true colour of Mint. Just for the record – Mint should always be more green than blue, Mint is not a light Aqua. If you are ever in doubt go to the shops and buy yourself a tub of mint chocolate chip ice cream – now that is the right colour!

Coral is a pinkish-orange colour, however you get a variety of different shades of coral. For example, where Coral is a more orange than pink, Coral Pink is more pink than orange. There is also Light Coral (think deep peach or salmon) and Coral Red which is a bright red-orange.

Mint is fresh and cool, Coral is warm and lively – this is what makes this colour pairing so perfect. It reminds me of a cool spring day!

Coral & Mint ǀ Colour-Coded Inspiration ǀ The Design Tabloid

Featured Image via COCOCOZY. From top right:  Origami Pendant Light – nellianna | Coral Crocheted Lampshade – MadeByMo | Burst Bowl – upintheairsomewhere | Retro Chair – Kitschdecors | Coral Pillow Set – ElemenOPillows | Mint Ferris Wheel Cushion – CarolineKollektart | Porcelain Cups – villarrealceramics | Mint Ampersand – ThePineNuts | Coral Wall Clock – DesignAtelierArticle

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