Colour Flow Charts from our Plascon Colour Forecast 2016




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Catherine Bowen
, Plascon Trends Editor

Image from Plascon Colour Forecast 2016, Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

Image from Plascon Colour Forecast 2016, Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

There are 32 colours in our Plascon Colour Forecast 2016, and now that we’ve shown you in detail the inspiration behind each of the four themes in the forecast (Element | Heirloom | Discovery | Connect), we thought it might be interesting and useful to look at all the colours together.

Out of the context of their stories, we can see how some colours cluster together in significance:

Cool Neutrals

Image from Plascon Colour Forecast 2016, Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

Image from Plascon Colour Forecast 2016, Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

Pale and neutral colours will always be the mainstay in any trend palettes, but in our neutral selection there is a shift to more intriguing alternatives to white or cream.

There are yellow undertones, but also cool blue and purple tints to the greys in these shades: Light Reflection (Y6-A2-3), Antique Petal (43), Aluminum Snow (45), Revenge (P1-E2-1), Winter Haven (B2-E2-3).

Tinted Blacks

Image from Plascon Colour Forecast 2016, Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

Image from Plascon Colour Forecast 2016, Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

As with the paler neutrals, there are also more colourful bases to the blacks; they are tinted with red and purple and yellow/brown for an added depth: Black Bean (71), Chalk Board (P1-E1-1), Dark Onyx (42), Ewa (72).

Soft Pastels

Image from Plascon Colour Forecast 2016, Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

Image from Plascon Colour Forecast 2016, Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

Pastels can be colourful in their own right, and in our forecast these slightly softer shades have been used to counteract the highly saturated colours of this season and make them easier to use in larger areas: Peach Dawn (O4-B2-1), Ruby Tuesday (R5-B2-2), Mamello (B5-A2-1), Light Blue Green (G6-A2-2).

Yellow Glow

Image from Plascon Colour Forecast 2016, Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

Image from Plascon Colour Forecast 2016, Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

Cheerful and uplifting yellows are key in this year’s forecast; they are fresher, cleaner, more positive and crisp than we’ve seen previously; they add a glow to the palettes in 3 stories, especially when set against the darks: Peak Season (Y5-B1-3), Mellow Yellow (Y3-A1-4), Panorama Lights (Y4-A1-2).

Saturated Brights

Image from Plascon Colour Forecast 2016, Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

Image from Plascon Colour Forecast 2016, Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

Then there are the super-strength, high-saturation hues that are vivid and optimistic: Panorama Lights (Y4-A1-2), Strawberry Daiquiri (100), Big Blue Star (P1-A1-1), Colour of the Year, Atlantic Beach (B5-B1-1), and Golf Greens (G4-A1-1) – all of which are upbeat in attitude!

Fresh Greens

Image from Plascon Colour Forecast 2016, Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

Image from Plascon Colour Forecast 2016, Image Courtesy Hannah Malein of “Global Colour Research” from the “Colour On The Horizon – Colour Theory & Trends” session August 2015

Finally, there are the fresh greens which vary from natural to synthetic in hue and which bring balance to the darks and the vivid accents: Peak Season (Y5-B1-3), New Meadow (Y7-A1-3), Golf Greens (G4-A1-1), Distant Storm (G7-E1-3).

For more information on the Plascon Colour Forecast 2016, be sure to pick up your copy of Plascon Spaces Magazine (Issue 17), which is on sale and on stands now!

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2 Responses

  1. Mario says:

    Hi there. Just like to find out if you still have orchid bay in stock at your cape town branches

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Mario – thanks for visiting Plascon Trends 🙂

      Orchid Bay (GR-Y06) is definitely available as a colour. It’s more an issue of ensuring your nearest paint-supplying hardware store has in stock (or can supply) the specific product you intend to use.

      Please also note that it is advisable to first purchase tester-pots from your local hardware and try the colour/s on a small surface before buying large quantities.

      Kind regards.

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