Plascon Architectural Greys: Colour Inspiration




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Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor

Monday may be more well-known for being a “Blue Monday”, but we at Plascon Trends have decided to make it a grey start to the week with some Plascon Architectural Greys. Apparently, grey is still one of people’s favourite colours with which to decorate their abode, and because of its popularity it should come as no surprise to you that Plascon has over 56 shades of grey for you to pick from! For a full run-down on why “grey” is such a popular colour and why it appeals to our senses, be sure to look at my post last year in November (when it was our Colour of The Month) with expert opinion and insight from our resident colour expert, Anne Roselt. From deep and moody greys with heavy-weight impact, that work well with pops of bright colour…

Plascon Architectural Greys, Image Source ddutch.tumblr.com

Plascon Architectural Greys, Image Source: ddutch.tumblr.com

Colour Inspiration: Plascon Architectural Greys

Plascon Architectural Greys, Image Source archdaily.com

Plascon Architectural Greys, Image Source: archdaily.com

Plascon Dark Greys Paint Sample

Plascon Dark Greys Paint Sample

…to soft and whimsical greys that calm and sooth frazzled nerves and tired minds…

Plascon Architectural Greys, Image Source apartmentdiet.com

Plascon Architectural Greys, Image Source: apartmentdiet.com

Plascon Architectural Greys, Image Source apartmentdiet.com

Plascon Architectural Greys, Image Source: apartmentdiet.com

Plascon Light Greys Paint Sample

Plascon Light Greys Paint Sample

…to earthy browns that ground and balance rooms…

Plascon Architectural Greys, Image Source flodeau.com

Plascon Architectural Greys, Image Source: flodeau.com

Plascon Architectural Greys, Image Source archdaily.com

Plascon Architectural Greys, Image Source: archdaily.com

…to blue-based greys that offer up tranquility and peace…

Plascon Architectural Greys, Image Source apartmentdiet.com

Plascon Architectural Greys, Image Source: apartmentdiet.com

Plascon Greys - Paint Colour Sample

Plascon Greys – Paint Colour Sample

There most surely is a shade of grey to suit your mood and lifestyle! To view additional Plascon greys, please ask your hardware store if they have copy of Plascon’s Architectural Greys and Aluminium collection fan-deck of swatches. Plascon’s Architectural Greys and Aluminium collection does not form part of the popular Plascon Inspired Colour range. The Inspired Colour range does have its own greys and some of these have been included in this blog post. If you need any more help choosing the right grey (or for any other décor or colour queries), please ask our Plascon Spaces Showroom for free and expert advice: spaces@plascon.co.za

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75 Responses

  1. Andre says:

    love this

  2. Tanya Da Silva Ferreira says:

    My interior of my house is currently painted in 3 shades of grey steel colour. My lounge wall is shared with a double volume wall with a staircase ths is the entrance hall with a chandelier. I am looking at painting the wall dark grey, look for dramatic, classic look. Please advise you thoughts around the following colours Black Ebony/Zaire Junction/Black Beard, any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanking you Tanya

    • Plascon says:

      Hi Tanya

      Thanks for reaching out to us. We will pass this on to our colour experts at the Spaces Showroom and have them contact you 🙂
      Sounds like you are on the right track already and from what you’ve described, it sounds absolutely gorgeous!

      Kind regards
      Plascon

  3. Lesley says:

    Hi, I am in the process of building a modern house and would like to paint the upside of my house in architectural greys. I am thinking of a base as a more softer grey like Geneva Morn but I am looking for a darker grey for the borders that will complement this, it must also complement the charcoal window frames. Any ideas would be very welcome. Thanks!

    • Plascon says:

      Hi Lesley

      Thanks for reaching out to us. We will put you into contact with our colour experts at the Spaces Showroom who will be more than willing to assist you. Keep an eye on your mailbox 😉

      Kind regards
      Plascon

  4. sarah says:

    Hi. I am looking for a mid grey colour (not too dark or light) however I don’t want a blue grey. Please can you suggest a colour swatch from Plascon. Thanks

  5. Vanessa says:

    Hi. We are redoing our kitchen, I would like to paint one wall in a charcoal/slate grey as a feature and the other walls in a much lighter grey as the area is small. The cabinets are white with brushed aluminium handles and all trim is white. Can you please suggest some grey’s?

    Thanks very much,

    Vanessa

  6. Rose Wikstrom says:

    I like Weathered Wood for the entire interior of my house, which has parquet flooring, but it’s not on your colour chart. Need an accent/complimentary colour for above the fireplace. What is the closest colour it comes to on your latest colour chart.
    Thanks so much!

  7. Adele says:

    Hi, we are in the process of buying a house. It is currently painted a shade of grey and a lot of green. We want to repaint the whole thing and combine the grey and deep red from our company colours. Can you give us suggestions?

    • Plascon says:

      Hi Adele – thanks for visiting.

      We recommend that you take a photo or two of the exterior of your house (just to give an idea of ‘architecture’ and context you are working with), and send the photos, together with your query, to: spaces@plascon.co.za

      Our team of colour experts at the Plascon Spaces Showroom will gladly assist you in matching/choosing your colours.

      Wishing you all the best in your home makeover. Regards.

  8. Roxy says:

    Hi There,

    I have a face brick house that also has some plastered sections. The face brick is quite dark red/brown tones. What colour should i paint the plastered sections that would look most appropriate next to the face brick? It is currently a peachy colour and looks awful.

    Some guidance would be appreciated!

    • Plascon says:

      Hi Roxy,

      Thanks for visiting. Our team of colour experts at the Plascon Spaces Showroom would be the best people to assist you in matching/choosing your colours for your plastered sections. I would recommend that you take a quick photo or two of the exterior of your house (just to give an idea of ‘architecture’ and context you are working with), and send the photos, together with your query above, to: spaces@plascon.co.za

      Send us a pic of the finished product!

      Regards

  9. mzo fukula says:

    I am looking for assistance on the grey colour we once used. My wife forgot the paint’s actual name. It is a greyish color. All she can recall is “grey mine”. Do you perhaps have a paint color of that sort?

    Regards

    • Plascon says:

      Hi Mzo,

      We have a grey called Mines Grey (G 15). I have attached a picture below – is this the grey you are referring to?

      Mines Grey G 15

      Regards.

  10. DHARMESH says:

    I am currently repainting my home.
    I am very interested in your Architectural Grey collection and a contrast colour.
    I do wish to use a shade of grey in the interior.
    My local hardware stores cannot assist me with this range,

    • Plascon says:

      Hi Dharmesh,

      Our team of colour experts at the Plascon Spaces Showroom would be the best people to assist you in matching/choosing your colours for repainting your home. We recommend that you take a photo or two of the type of spaces you intend to paint (to give an idea of ‘architecture’ and context you are working with), and then send the photos, together with your query above, to: spaces@plascon.co.za

      Wishing you all the best in your make-over!

  11. tracey says:

    We have chosen Aluminium snow and ocean shadow for the outside of the house and mandarin tusk and city fog for the inside of the house. Are these definite grey colours as that is what we want? Not so sure about the Mandarin tusk?
    Thanks Tracey

    • Plascon says:

      Hi Tracey,

      Thanks for visiting Plascon Trends! 🙂

      The best recommendation I can give is to put you in touch with our colour experts at the Plascon Spaces Showroom – they will be able to advise on your colour choices and what other options may be more suitable.

      You can contact them directly at the following email: spaces@plascon.co.za

      Or else give them a call on: 011 467 8693/4

      Regards.

  12. zakiya says:

    Hi! My house is painted in off shore (grey) From plascon. I want to paint my pillars and feature walls in a darker grey. Can you please suggest a colour. Thanks you

  13. Brett says:

    Can you send me an example of the following: charcoal aluminum, Beijing moon, french chartreuse and aluminum snow.

    Thank you

    • Plascon says:

      Hi Brett!

      Thanks for visiting Plascon Trends.

      Examples of Beijing Moon and Aluminum Snow are featured in the swatches pictured in the article above. Below is an example of Plascon’s French Chartreuse:

      Plascon's French Chartreuse

      I was unable to find Charcoal Aluminum in our Trends database, but if you contact our colour experts at the Plascon Spaces Showroom they will be able to assist you further.

      The Plascon Spaces Showroom will also be able to send you the formal colour swatches. They can be contacted directly:

      email: spaces@plascon.co.za
      tel: 011 467 8693/4

      Kind regards.

  14. Kabelo says:

    Hi, i need a digital sample of “Thames Dusk” GR-B07 to incorporate into a design please. Thanks

  15. Ish says:

    Hi there
    You do realise that the plascon spaces place is in Joburg? What about us in Cape Town? Replying to every question with a generic “please visit our plascon spaces” is not very helpful and smacks of laziness. Kindly address the issues raised in order for us to get some assistance.

    • Plascon says:

      Hi Ish,

      I am merely the online moderator of the comments section on Plascon Trends. If there is a query directed to a post author by name, they will be notified of it. Yes there is only one physical Plascon Spaces Showroom, which is in Gauteng. All colour queries are directed to our Plascon Spaces team who are the qualified colour experts and who ultimately need to be consulted with (each query will have a unique context – the Spaces team will guide you through it according to your specific query). Plascon Spaces has initiated a process of (free) consultation with a questionnaire they provide – which can be done remotely online – which is why I am referring these inquires directly to our colour experts, and have in each case purposely supplied their email address and direct contact numbers above, so that people are able to consult with these experts directly – and obtain the best advice or direction thereby.

      Regards.

  16. Jacques van Heerden says:

    Hi, I have a tiled roof which I need to paint. I would like to match the colour to an existing metal roof. The metal roof is Colorbond, Volcanic Grey(RAL 7011). How do I find out which plascon colour matches that best? Thanks, Jacques

  17. Leasha Love says:

    Hi. I am looking for an 18% grey and wondered if you could advice. It is for an editing suite so needs to be as neutral as possible.

    Best,

    Leasha

  18. Bertus says:

    Hi Leasha

    I you’re still looking for perfect neutral:
    I was looking for the same 18% neutral grey for a colouring suite. I found the following post on a US photography site. Pardon the fact that they reference another paint brand. I’m sure Plascon can mix the same one. Maybe this is the exact formula for Mandarin Tusk (49)

    “18% Grey paint. I had a computerized match made of the 18% Grey card at a Dulux Paint shop where you can get a 250ml sample pot for under $7. The specifications for the tints are:
    Dulux Deep / .25 Litre
    EE 0Y 6N 0.75
    M 0Y 27N 0.5
    G 0Y 0N 0.5
    You can bring these specifications to any Dulux shop and they can make it up for you.
    Please note that paint when dried is deeper in color than the paint in the pot.”

    Regards

  19. Luke says:

    Hi, do you have the code for a grey in your architectural pallette – name has probably changed – twas called Offshore.
    thanks

    • Plascon says:

      Hi Luke,

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

      Off Shore (GR-YO3) is part of the Architectural Grey fandeck.

      Kind regards.

  20. Samuel says:

    Can you please send me the ral equivalent of this colours?
    Plascon mines grey G-15
    Plascon white pva code: EPL 30
    pink cashmere shade p5-A2-1
    plascon enamel VLO- 1 white.
    Thanks

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Samuel,

      I have consulted with our colour experts at the Plascon Spaces Showroom – please see their response below:

      Thank you for your enquiry Samuel. We are able to give you the RAL equivalents for the (below) colours, apart from the Pink Cashmere. There is unfortunately not any RAL that would be a close match. All the Pinks/Purples/Reds in the RAL are quite strong colours.

      Please see the RAL Equivalents below:

      Plascon Mines Grey G-15 – RAL 7004
      White EPL 30 – RAL 9003
      Pink Cashmere shade P5-A2-1 – No Match
      Enamel VLO- 1 White – RAL 9010

      For any further questions, please see contact details below:

      ZURITA MOORE
      Manager: Plascon Spaces Showroom
      spaces@plascon.co.za
      Call: 011 467 8693

  21. Estelle van Zyl says:

    I am looking for the colour called Stoep Plank Grey. Can you perhaps help?

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      HI Estelle,

      Thank you for visiting Plascon Trends and for your enquiry about the Stoep Plank Grey colour. This is from the Earthcote range, so it is not a Plascon colour. Zurita Moore (our Digital Media manager) has emailed you with more info and recommendations.

      Kind regards

  22. Yunus Essack says:

    We have painted our exterior walls in Touchstone, but are struggling to find a contrasting colour to paint the many pillars we have. Tried using Wall and All Pebble Beach, but this seems to blend in rather than show a striking contrast. What would you suggest?

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Yunus, I’ve consulted with our colour experts at the Plascon Spaces Showroom – please see Zurita’s response below:

      Thanks so much for your enquiry. I am completely excited for you now as there are so many amazing contrasting colours. I do not want to flood you with options, but I can’t help it. Happy choosing!

      For something more understated go for one of the following:

      1. Fynbos Leaf (Essential Collection 57)
      2. Storms Mountain (Essential Collection 58)

      For a modern option with a darker grey choose one of the following:

      1. Ewa (Essential Collection 72)

      For a complete opposite look at either of the following:

      1. Sienna Canyon (R5-C1-2)
      2. Eclaire (R7-D1-1)

      Good luck with your choices and enjoy the journey!

      ZURITA MOORE
      Corporate Communications and Digital Media Manager
      spaces@plascon.co.za

  23. J Roskilly says:

    Hi I am looking for the RAL No for a colour called IBIZA BAY (Gr-Y14) this was specified by the architect for his highlights on the building and he wants the outside luminaires matched to this colour. The manufacturer is asking for a RAL No?
    Are you able to assist in this

    Thanking You J Roskilly

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi J – thanks for visiting Plascon Trends!

      I have forwarded your enquiry to our colour experts at the Plascon Spaces Showroom and will get back to you with their response as soon as that comes in.

      Kind regards.

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi J – The closest match that we can provide you with is RAL7022. Please ensure that the supplier test this colour for a suitable colour match.

      Kind regards.

  24. Wessel de Kock says:

    Hi,

    I would like to use a combination of dark grey, white and bright green at our practice. We’re currently using Kiwi Salad, which works well as green. What colour gray would work – thinking of something like Berlin Block.
    Regards,
    Wessel

    • Plascon says:

      Hi Wessel, Thanks so much for your mail. Berlin Block has a bit of a blue undertone, so it is really going to depend on your personal preference. My suggestion is to test the colours and see what works best for you. I have two other suggestions for you:

      1) Yangste Cliff (GR-R05)

      2) New York Square (GR-N02)

      I would suggest that you contact the Plascon Spaces Showroom by sending images (about 1MB in size) to bookings@plasconspaces.co.za (They would be able to do some colour options for you which should make it easier to make a decision).

      Regards,
      Zurita

  25. Tamaryn says:

    Hi there

    I have a tudor style house currently painted in the standard black and white. I however want to paint in in colours similar to this picture https://www.pinterest.com/pin/482377810061787775/. Could you advise what these colours would be?

    Thx

    • Plascon says:

      Good day Tamaryn, thank you for your enquiry.

      The greys on the image you referenced have a green undertone. It’s closest to lighter colour Spanish Delta GR-Y08 and the darker colour is closest to Lisbon Cove GR-Y11:

      Spanish Delta & Lisbon Cove

      Please keep in mind that these are computer colours and will slightly differ to dry painted walls; it is always advisable for you to purchase a small tester-pot or a litre of paint and paint two coats over white to view the full colours.

      For further enquiry please contact me at email address below

      Kindest Regards

      Neo
      spaces@plascon.co.za

  26. Henk says:

    Hi im looking for Ibiza bay can you possibly help?

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Henk – thanks for visiting Plascon Trends!

      The Plascon architectural Ibiza Bay colour code is GR-Y14. It can be tinted in most Plascon products, so any retailer should be able to assist.

      Please be sure to test the colour before application.

      Kind regards.

  27. Guistee says:

    Hi. I’m looking for a colour that can contrast French chartreuse well, still creating a warm, calm mood.

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Guistee,

      Just following up on this for sign-off: I see the Plascon Spaces Showroom did a colour presentation for you – thanks for sending the photographs through! 🙂

      Kind regards.

  28. rukshana says:

    hi

    im looking for a white paint with grey tones coming through. can you please advise if this would be the right decision to paint an apartment with? can you please help?

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Rukshana – thanks for visiting Plascon Trends! 🙂

      I have forwarded your question to our colour consultants at the Plascon Spaces Showroom. As soon as I receive their suggestions/recommendations, I will post them here. If this question is time-sensitive and you would like to escalate it, you can give them a call directly at 011 467 8693.

      Kind regards.

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Rukshana,

      Please see the following options from one of our Spaces Showroom colour consultants:

      Good day, Rukshana,

      An off-white grey is a beautiful colour option as a main colour, as this will be a neutral base and will bring light to the space – but kindly keep in mind that grey can feel very cold, especially if the apartment is south facing.

      I will give you three options for off-white grey colours:

      1. Antique Petal 43: it’s a beautiful off-white, cool grey. Depending on your floor, you might see a slight purple undertone:
      antique petal

      2. Evening Mist WHT 08: it’s a beautiful off-white, warm grey:
      evening mist

      3. Silver Bird E27-1: it’s slightly lighter than the first two options and has a slight warm grey undertone:
      silver bird

      Please test a colour (tester-pots) before making a final purchase of the product; these images are visual representations of the colour and can vary from screen to screen, and the digital versions may vary compared to the hard-copy swatchcards.

      If you have any further questions, you are welcome to contact us via the details below.

      Kind regards,

      PATTY MULAUZI
      Colour Consultant, Plascon Spaces Showroom
      spaces@plascon.co.za

  29. Linda says:

    Hi I have a really small flat and read that to make space look larger it is best to paint the walls a darker colour. I am interested in Aluminium Snow – is this a wise choice?

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Linda – please see below for options suggested by one of our colour consultants from the Plascon Spaces Showroom:

      Dear Linda,

      Darker colours makes small spaces look smaller, whereas lighter colours makes small spaces look much bigger. Aluminium Snow is a beautiful grey colour but it will make your space look a little bit smaller.

      If you are looking at the grey colours, you might want to look at the lighter colours like Plaster E16-2, Off Shore GR-Y03. For Neutral colours you can look at Afternoon Shower CAS 21 or Stone Wall 21.

      Kindly visit any of the Plascon dealers to view the colours. As always, we advise that you first purchase tester-pots and test the colour/s before purchase.

      If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at spaces@plascon.co.za

      Regards,

      Lungile Mtsali
      Colour Consultant
      Plascon Spaces Showroom

  30. CINDY HODGKISS says:

    Please tell me if the PLASCON ORCHID BAY PLASCON TRENDS GR Y06 is going towards the blue greys rather than the green greys, as I am looking for a very light blue grey paint for my new master bathroom, where the tiles are mostly grey with smudges of blue. There will be some. Black and silver dado edging tiles and some white tiles 30 x60 cm for accent tiles. It has a huge Skyroof, but as the tiles are a little dark, I want to use a light colored grey blue paint. Thank you.

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Cindy – please see below for options from one of our colour consultants at the Plascon Spaces Showroom 🙂

      Good day Cindy,

      Orchid Bay is not a blue grey or green grey but it is a neutral off-grey colour. If you need a very light blue colour, please have a look at the colour called Diamond White 103 (below) from the Essential Collection:

      Diamond White

      Another colour you can look at is the colour called Lagoon Mirror 3. This is an off-white colour with a slightly blueish undertone:

      Lagoon Mirror

      Please note: the digital colour on the attached swatches may vary from the actual dry paint colour. Digital Colour gives you a visual idea. We recommend that you purchase a 1L sample in the product with which you intend to paint your walls e.g. Plascon Cashmere or Plascon Double Velvet as your testing option. Please paint two coats on a white surface allowing each coat to dry in between. It is important to look at the colours in the morning, midday and late afternoon to ensure that you are happy with how it changes under different light conditions. Kindly purchase a tester pot from your local hardware and try the colour on a small surface before buying large quantities.

      Thank you. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me via the details below:

      Regards
      Lungile Mtshali
      Colour Consultant
      Plascon Spaces Showroom
      spaces@plascon.co.za

  31. Stanley says:

    Good day,

    I need to repaint exterior of my house, however I need advise in terms of which color to go for, I have a grey roof tiles with wooden window frames,wood doors etc and my garage door is aluminum light grey color (fading probably need a repaint). I have wall around the house with steal bars in some parts of the wall and a steal gate.

    I wish to get a grey color schemes for the house, wall and steal bars & gate that can go with the roof without having a too grey look.

    your input will be much appreciated.

  32. LEONIE LEMMER says:

    I seem to have only a part of the code for the colour grey I am looking for. Can you please help? E29-4 (Sterling Expressions) PB=13.5 PC=1.50 is what I can see on my sticker.

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Leonie,

      Regarding your question; the code you have given (E29-4) is correct – this colour (Sterling) hails from the previous colour system, “Expressions”.

      Kind regards.

  33. Jamil says:

    Hi I am looking for a swatch of a colour called thames dusk DC14 colour number 41

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Jamil – thanks for visiting Plascon Trends 🙂

      The Thames Dusk 41 swatch is below:

      Thanks Dusk 41 swatch

      Please keep in mind that the swatch is a digital render and subject to some visual variation depending on your computer monitor, so the colour might appear slightly different to the hard-copy swatch or when applied as paint to dry-painted walls. It is advised to first purchase a small tester pot (250ml) or 1 litre and to paint two coats over white to view the full colour, before making the final purchase of product.

      Hard-copy swatches are obtainable from the Plascon Spaces Showroom (contact details below):

      spaces@kansaiplascon.co.za
      011 467 8693
      086 020 4060

      Kind regards.

  34. Jabez says:

    Hi. I am looking for a swatch called Berlin block (GR-B09)
    Thanks

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Jabez,

      Below is the swatch for Berlin Block (GR-B09):

      Berlin Block swatch

      Please note that the swatch is a digital render, and depending on your screen, the monitor colour may vary from the actual dry paint colour. Digital Colour gives you a visual idea. It is advised to first purchase a tester pot and to paint the colour on your wall before you make your final purchase, as lighting and furnishings have an effect on how the colour comes out. It is important to look at the colours in the morning, midday and late afternoon to ensure that you are happy with how it changes under different light conditions.

      Hard-copy swatches are obtainable from the Plascon Spaces Showroom: spaces@kansaiplascon.co.za

      Regards.

  35. Youssef Eltokhi says:

    Hi,Would you please provide me with the equivalent RAL for the Lisbon cove GR-Y11.

  36. Shaheen ebrahim says:

    Hi,i am repainting my house and i am leaning more towards shades of grey as i find them to be very calming,can i perhaps send pictures of the house and you could advise me further,its quite urgent tho,as i would like to commence painting early next week. . . Thanks

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Shaheen – thanks for visiting Plascon Trends! 🙂

      As this is time-sensitive query, I would advise contacting our colour consultants directly (as this would certainly escalate their response).

      Pictures of the spaces you would like to paint will definitely help. Speak to one of the consultants from our Plascon Spaces Showroom and they will be able to assist you. Their contact details are below:

      Call: 011 467 8693
      Technical advice: 086 020 4060
      Contact: Gerda Herenius
      Email: spaces@kansaiplascon.co.za

      Kind regards.

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