A sophisticated palette of contemporary nudes flirts with rich creams, dusty pinks and subtle off-whites to evoke a sense of quiet nostalgia. The bold redevelopment of a defunct hotel into a forward-thinking landmark building is putting its visionary tenant on the map. A watery palette of soothing spa colours evokes thoughts of holidays and rest and signals the return of balance and poise to a frenzied world. With the help of Plascon paint, an apartment is fine-tuned for dual functioning as office HQ and hub of the home. A feature wall injects energy and excitement into a scheme, yet without overpowering it. Three designers talk us through their conversation pieces. For Philip Uys, paint is a faithful ally when it comes to constantly reinventing his hotel, The Barrydale. The strategic use of soft, earthy neutrals beautifully softens the stark lines and bright colours of a contemporary creative office. Take your colour cue from this romantic Mediterranean villa and turn your home into a relaxing haven.