Colour transforms and inspires. It creates balance where there is uncertainty.
And more so now than ever before… this year’s Plascon Colour Forecast explores how to use colour to create harmony in a constantly changing world.
Whether it’s the calm found in the Pause and Simplicity palettes, or the energy bursting from Contrast and Dare, you can always find balance in colour. You can also always find a combination that’s right for you.
That’s why this Forecast is about the power of colour. But, more than that, it’s also a statement of our identity in the modern world.
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Light white tones are taken to the next level with the judicious use of accent colours, metallics and textured layering. This approach to neutral colours adds a sense of interest and depth, which allows for the creation of spaces that are calm and collected, but still distinctive.
KEY INFLUENCES: Everyday escape, understated elegance, modern sanctuary spaces, raw and refined, whites to calm and soothe, burnished copper and antiqued gold, rough textures, countryside sophistication, safari chic.
Contrast sees deep blues and greys used together to create a contemplative and grounded feeling. This is given a sense of energy with high-contrast brights like pink and yellow. The combination may be unexpected, but extremes of colour balance each other perfectly, keeping the overall effect in-check.
KEY INFLUENCES: Colour-defined spaces, zinc-tones, mid-century nostalgia, 50s urban chic, vintage brights, dark sumptuous backgrounds, generous sense of space, sophisticated energy, form and order, optimism.
Pastels are updated with a grounded feeling with the addition of neutrals and greys in Pause. This collection of colours is therefore light and feminine, but still connected and mature. The overall effect hints at nostalgia, while retaining a very welcome sense of the contemporary.
KEY INFLUENCES: Sorbet tones, shimmer and sparkle, Great Gatsby, 20s femininity, cut glass, cupcake aesthetics, girlish but grownup, antiqued finishes, childhood nostalgia, dusky rose tones, powder pastels.
With a nod to retro sensibilities, shape and colour are used to their fullest in Dare. While colour-blocking makes a bold statement, the zinc-toned brights help to keep the entire look contemporary and considered, and the overall feeling is energetic without being manic.
KEY INFLUENCES: Afro-chic, colour-blocked geometrics, boldly minimal, folk-inspired art and craft, saturated colour, leather and painted wood, understated warmth, berry toned purples, familiar forms, old and new, retro influences revisited.