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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Pantone Colour of the Year 2013: Emerald

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Another thing we waved goodbye to at the end of last year was of course the Pantone colour of 2012 – Tangerine Tango. I eagerly waited on the edge of my seat for the big colour reveal of 2013… and well, I was a little disappointed…

On 6 December, it was announced that the Pantone Colour of the Year 2013 is… Emerald. It took both Rose and me by surprise – I expected something a little more minty and light. We couldn’t help wondering about Pantone’s selection process. Does a colour become the colour of the year because it’s trending or is the reverse true? Does it become a trend because it is the colour of the year?

Emerald, a vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.

Here is what Pantone had to say about Emerald:

“Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the colour of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the colour of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other colour conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.”

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other colour in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

“The Colour of the Year selection is a very thoughtful process. To arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for colour influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, travelling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact colour, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.”

“Enhance your sense of well-being at home by rejuvenating the interior with Emerald paint, accents and accessories. This jewel-like hue will create a luxurious feel in an entryway, powder room, dining room or study, and bring life to a living room as an accent wall. Add a splash of colour to the kitchen and dining room areas with Emerald dinnerware, stemware and appliances.”

Wondering how to incorporate this bold colour into your home? Consider using them in conjunction with the following colours:

White – it’s fresh, light and easy on the eyes – a perfect balance to Emerald’s loud vibrancy. Play with patterns to add elements of interest and fun.

Black – mysterious and bold. Paired with emerald it speaks of opulence and sophistication.

Blue – another jewel tone that diffuses the bold emerald and adds a beautiful cool and calming facet.

Neon Pink – not for the timid. The introduction of pops of neon pink into an emerald scheme is playful and trendy.

Ag, maybe I’m just a little biased as emerald is not one of my favourite colours. I have since stumbled across many beautiful examples of emerald… especially in the fashion design industry. Mmm, I think it will grow on me…

 

Plascon Colour Forecast 2013

Plascon launched their much anticipated 2013 Colour Forecast at Decorex Joburg last week. As per tradition, four designers / decorators were selected to interpret the new forecast colour palettes in individual room scenes. You can take a peak at the stands: here.

 

Anne Roselt, international colour expert and Plascon’s colour manager explains that each forecast aims to capture the feeling of what’s happening in society at that current time. In today’s quick paced, high stress, ever-changing environment we are often bombarded with continuous discord and a flurry of imagery quickly resulting in information overload.

 

“In times of uncertainty like this we crave stability and balance in our lives and for that very reason the theme for the Plascon 2013 Colour Forecast is called Balance. It explores how we use colour to bring harmony when everything around us is constantly changing. Whether it is the calm we find in whites and soft pastel colours, or the energy we seek in bright daring colours, we can always find balance in colour.”

“The 2013 Colour forecast is inspirational and a guide on what we have discovered in our travels, but there are no rules,” says Roselt. “Colour is something to be enjoyed and we hope everyone is able to find a palette that can help them find harmony and balance in their home.”

The forecast consist of  four colour themes or palettes – Simplicity, Contrast, Pause and Dare.

The Simplicity palette is inspired by light white tones, which appeal to our desire for peace and serenity. Also included in this theme are metallics, which add a bit of sparkle and optimism and green, which brings a sense of nature.

Contrast uses deep blues and greys together with high contrast brights like fuscia pink and bright yellow. The combination may be unexpected, but extremes of colour balance each other perfectly.

Pause is light and feminine, but still connected and mature. The overall effect hints at nostalgia, while retaining a very welcome sense of the contemporary. It incorporates the delicious Spring pastel colours that are currently trending international. I love this palette!

Lastly, the vibrant Dare colour theme. The overall feeling of this palette is energetic without being manic – bright optimistic colours to lift our spirits and keep us motivated.

The 8th issue of Plascon SPACES  – a magazine dedicated to showcasing and translating the latest décor, design and colour trends using colour and paint – also hit the shelves yesterday. The major focus of The Trends Issue is Plascon’s 2013 Colour Forecast. In celebration of the annual Forecast, readers will also receive a Forecast brochure and mini colour fan-deck for hands-on creative inspiration. Cool!

[Images & info via Plascon]