Plascon Colour Forecast 2016 – Hannah Malein on the “Connect” Palette

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Catherine Bowen
, Plascon Trends Editor

"Connect Palette" 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

“Connect” palette 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

It’s sad to be coming to the end of our posts on the Plascon Colour Forecast 2016, but what a note to end on: the CONNECT palette which is upbeat, confident and brimful of attitude!

All the colours are bold, energetic and expressive. As I like to point out in fashion trends, you can always find a counterpoint to any particular clothing trend, and an equal and opposite reaction to the other. CONNECT is the counterpoint colour trend to the super-slick, smooth and grey technology.

It takes a more low-tech and practical approach to colour within interior spaces, by making use of considered colour placement and handcrafted styling elements.

Plascon Colour Forecast 2016 Connect Palette

"Connect Palette" 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

“Connect” palette 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

The key inspirational elements to this story are: abstract, modern art (such as collage, motifs, graphics, and geometric shapes), pure and vivid colour, free and experimental colour and application, and, above all, a playful and optimistic atmosphere.

It is inspired by modern art movements and there are two major exhibitions which are set to display and explore abstract artists and kinetic sculptors; these are Alexander Calder’s Performing Sculpture (which runs at the Tate Modern until April 2016) and Memphis Design of Milan. In Hannah’s own words, she could not get away from them at the Milan Design Fair.

And as with the art, interior architects and designers employ experimental and expressive applications, fun colour proportions and clashing hues, and design with a sense of humour.

"Connect Palette" 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

“Connect” palette 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

"Connect Palette" 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

“Connect” palette 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

"Connect Palette" 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

“Connect” palette 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

"Connect Palette" 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

“Connect” palette 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

"Connect Palette" 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

“Connect” palette 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 a collection, CONNECT consists of a variety of vibrant primary shades, which are attention-grabbing brights that can be balanced through clever arrangement (for example, glowing white combined with soft pink and lime green). One can also make use of the interplay of strong contrasts to create optical illusions that catch the eye…

“Connect Palette” 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

“Connect” palette 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

By making use of strong contrasts, one infuses the everyday with new vitality. Clashing combinations are very important; the lighter tones can be drawn upon for a cooler edge; the darker and black tones can be relied upon to make the brighter and lighter hues stand out…

“Connect Palette” 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

“Connect” palette 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

  • Combine stripes of Ruby Tuesday (R5-B2-2) + Strawberry Daiquiri (100) + Panorama Lights (Y4-A1-2) with connecting furniture pieces
“Connect Palette” 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

“Connect” palette 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

  • Geometric, colour interaction makes for an almost 3D-like effect
“Connect Palette” 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

“Connect” palette 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

  • Dark Onyx (42) forms a graphic backdrop for the brights to stand against
“Connect Palette” 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

“Connect” palette 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

Interior styling points

  • Look for playful shapes, and focus less on texture and more on pattern
  • With this trend the key is clever colour application, rather than texture
  • Think pattern, motif and playful geometric shapes!
“Connect Palette” 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

“Connect” palette 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

By utilising proportion on different surfaces, one can create the desired optical effects:

“Connect Palette” 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

“Connect” palette 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

Bold colour can be used in blocks to help zone and subtly separate areas. Layering more colours from the palette with furniture and accessories will increase the colour interaction element:

“Connect Palette” 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

“Connect” palette 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

And with that we wish you a very happy Friday and weekend – may yours be a fun-filled weekend of paint and colour!

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