Plascon’s annual Colour Forecast has been keeping South Africans abreast of global colour trends since 1999. It presents a snapshot of what is happening in the worlds of design and interior decoration and interprets the most relevant and contemporary colours into easy-to-use, inspiring palettes for the local market.
The 2014 Plascon Colour Forecast is no exception, and was spearheaded by Plascon’s Colour Manager, Anne Roselt. After serving for 10 years on the panel of the London-based International Colour Authority (ICA), Roselt has since been invited to join the panel of trend forecasting group, the Mix, making her South Africa’s foremost colour authority. The Mix Trends reports are published by the Global Colour Authority.
Urban Tribe is a response to the growing trend towards national pride – especially amongst BRICS nations. With countries like South Africa and Brazil coming to the fore as global centres of design, their unique aesthetics are being showcased around the world. Urban Tribe expresses this with a warm and grounded palette of contemporary brights, plus gold and black accents.
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.
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.
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.
Key Influences – Space and the galaxy, deep and moody colour, lunar greys and neutrals, night sky blue.
The 2014 Colour Forecast was launched at Decorex Joburg, 7-11 August 2013, as well as in the Plascon Spaces magazine.
You can also find the 2014 Colour Forecast brochure at your closest Plascon retailer.