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]

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Décor Diva: To Paint Or Not To Paint

By now, for those of you who have not yet met me in person, or who don’t know me on a more personal basis, would have gathered that I am not in the thirty-something or even forty-something age bracket.  This means that I have seen trends come and go, and come again.

To Paint or Not To Paint?

One such a trend is the Vintage Revival and more particularly the painting of furniture pieces – the furniture from the 50’s and 60’s era.  (Frankly, I was surprised to find so much of it hanging around still).   This is stuff that my I grew up with – so what is it doing back here again? The truth be known, I just simply did not appreciate the style when growing up.

Revived & modernised – and it only took a lick of yellow paint! These bold beauties are from Vamp Furniture.

However, the beauty of the revival of vintage is that I am able to see it with new eyes and the application of paint is giving it a new look as well.

Isn’t this AMAZING?! Sacha, the talented lady behind “Once Upon A Time” is one of my local upcycling heroes! She transformed this boring piece into an awesome “scrabble” desk!

I have a few pieces that I have inherited and suddenly the ball-and-claw coffee table and chairs, which I thought was too awful and could not wait to get rid of, have become meaningful again.  This together with my mom-in-law’s old 50’s radiogram cabinet as well as the 2 Queen Anne high back chairs – plenty of potentials.

Some more Vamp awesomeness. LOVE the blue!

But do I paint them or not?  I am a whole lot slower in applying paint to furniture, only due to the fact that many years ago, we used to discover the most amazing piece of wooden furniture hidden under layers of paint.  And the declaration of the time was: “how could they do this to a beautiful piece of furniture.  We thought they were all “Eijeets” (idiots pronounced EEGGIITTS – by the Irish).

This Canadian chick from “4 Men 1 Lady” seriously knows her stuff – her furniture transformations are stunning!

So, I have decided to apply a standard against which to judge whether to paint a piece of furniture or not.  I take a long hard look at the quality of the wood and the finish.  If the condition is still good, showing natural movement & texture in the wood – NO PAINT (like my little ball-and-claw table).  BUT, if the wood has no particular value or happens to be non-descript and just generally in bad shape, then PAINT IT.

Another talented local company, Restore, works their magic on vintage & mid-century furniture.

I doubt you will find me painting Yellow Wood or good Mahogany grain.  At times, I am even hesitant to tackle an Oregon Pine piece.  I realise that I am somewhat of a purist.  But by contrast, something like the Radio Cabinet – it is coated with layers of furniture polish which has made it particularly ugly to appreciate – being painted will grace it with a new lease of life.

More Vamp goodness.

Vamp Furniture is a shop that I have noticed exercises discretion as to what to paint and what to keep in its natural state.  Let’s follow the trend with discretion – evaluate what to paint and what not to paint. We don’t want to be the Eijeets of the future.

Check out these painted furniture heroes:

Vamp Furniture: website

Restore: website

Once Upon A Time: website

4 Men 1 Lady: website