When you express yourself with colour, the possibilities are endless. The Plascon Colour Forecast is inspired by the different ways that we bring colour into our lives and the different influences that we draw on to do so.

With an eye on global trends, and a mind for the local market, we explored a number of different colour trends. After filtering these down and distilling them to their ore, we developed four key directions for the coming year. These are expressed as four different themes – Memory, expression, Mystery and Origins – running from bold brights to stripped back basics, and everything in between.

But it’s how you interpret these themes that counts. Colour is something to be enjoyed, and trends are broad brushstrokes on how to do that. Loving colour is about exploring and interpreting these themes into your life. This Palette is here to inform and inspire, and leave you excited. This is about the world both as it is, and how you want it to be.

Memory Palette

Links to the past are always evident in design, with the focus shifting from era to era. This year, the global eye has settled on the measured and stately aesthetic typical of the Georgian period. We see a considered use of soft pastels coming to the fore, but grounded by neutrals and darker tones. This theme is great for bringing a sophisticated sense of romance into a room and is complemented well by antiqued period pieces.

Elements: Fluid lines, sheer layers, antiqued finishes, soft pastels, delicate lace.

Expression Palette

The time for subtlety is over. With a number of different important events on the cards this year, a strong theme of celebration is making itself known. This comes through in patriotic, Union Jack inspired red, white and blue to tie in with the London Olympics. White is often the base for this theme, with bold, uncomplicated use of bright colour to make a statement.

Elements: White with brights, smooth and flat, crisp and defined, purposeful, abstract geometric patterns, colour blocking.


Mystery Palette

With a sophisticated yet nuanced feeling, our Mystery trend combines neutrals with highlights like rich plums to give an enticing sense of depth. Furniture with clean, uncomplicated lines complements this colour direction, and we’re seeing graphics take their cues from sumptuous organic prints. This is a theme of contrasts, playing with accent colours for maximum impact, while retaining an underlying simplicity.

Elements: Monochromatic with highlights, shaded plantscapes, high-contrast, deep texture, clean lines.


Origins Palette

Now more than ever, there is a strong desire to go back to basics. This is expressed in a love of raw textures, patterns and materials, from ethnic-inspired geometrics to unpretentious wooden furniture. Simplicity is important here, with stripped-back, yet bold décor expressions as key. Ochre yellows and light wood-inspired browns give an earthy base note to the theme, moving into light neutrals and blue-grey top notes.

Elements: Primitive, nature-inspired, feathers and hide, linens and cottons, monochromatic, true to origin.