Plascon Colour of The Month for August: Blue

Plascon Colour Inspiration Session for the Colour of the Month: Blue

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Plascon Colour of the Month: Blue

Image Source Snake Ranch (thomortiz.tumblr.com)

A new month means a new Colour of The Month and this morning we introduce Blue as our colour for August. I have to confess to being a little biased in this regard as blue is hands down my favourite colour – from azure blue, to midnight blue, to cerulean to turquoise to duck egg blue; there are so many shades of this colour that I love! However, you don’t need to take it from me that this a good choice; rather you can hear more about the colour from our Plascon Colour Expert Anne Roselt as she offers her insights into what makes blue such a popular colour.

Union Jack, Image Source elledecoration.co.za

Why is blue our colour of the month?

June’s colour of the month was red. July’s colour of the month was white. And August’s official colour of the month is bold and beautiful blue, completing the trio of the Union-Jack colours that symbolise the current epidemic of Olympic-fever. Tapping into this trend, we’ve featured blue on the cover of the latest issue of Plascon SPACES magazine, as well as in the 2013 Plascon Colour Forecast.

Plascon Colour of the Month: Blue

Left Image sourced from Snake Ranch (thomortiz.tumblr.com) & right image sourced fromAdriaan Louw photography, Image Source (adriaanlouw.co.za)

What’s on-trend about blue?

Blue is the world’s favourite colour. It’s cool and comfortable and it inspires a sense of calm and confidence. And at the moment, we’re seeing it all over the place, from fashion to accessories to kitchenware.

Plascon Colour of the Month: Blue

Left image sourced from Snake Ranch (thomortiz.tumblr.com) & right image sourced from Damienne Bingham photography (redbubble.com)

What are “blue” personalities like?

Blue people are:
– loyal
– trustworthy
– reliable
– responsible
– and always striving to achieve peace, balance and harmony in their lives.

Plascon Colour of the Month: Blue

Images courtesy Plascon Spaces Magazine

Plascon Colour of the Month: Blue

Left image courtesy Plascon Spaces Magazine & right image sourced from collectingdesignin.blogspot.com

Plascon Colour of the Month: Blue

Left & right images sourced from 3.bp.blogspot.com

Which blue is right for you?

Soft blues are relaxing, peaceful and calming and give the illusion of space. Cooler blues have a grey or green undertone, while warmer blues have red undertone. Right now, the red undertone blues are very trendy. Electric blues are also right on trend and rather than being peaceful, they are more energising and youthful, which makes them particularly popular in vibrant spaces like nightclubs and bars.

Plascon Colour of the Month: Blue

Plascon Colour Forecast 2013 – “Balance” – Contrast Palette, Images from Erdem Prefall 2012 (edelscope.com) & Estrilda bathroom range by Nicholas Castellan

What about Plascon’s 2013 forecast blues?

The Plascon forecast has a range of blues to choose from
– soft blues like Whimsical White (B5-B2-3) and Stardust (B5-C2-2)
– a medium-blue Providence (B5-C1-3)
– deeper indigo blues like Eye of the Storm (B7-C1-1) and Blueberry Ripple (B7-D1-1)

Plascon Colour of the Month: Blue

Image courtesy of Plascon Spaces Magazine

Plascon Colour of the Month: Blue

Image sourced from collectingdesignin.blogspot.com

Plascon Colour of the Month: Blue

Image sourced from collectingdesignin.blogspot.com

Is blue right for your room?

Blue’s relaxing and peaceful qualities make it the obvious choice for a bedroom, but this colour can actually be used in any room of the house. A moody blue dining room can create a contemporary look, with lots of glass and silverware to give the space some sparkle. Blue’s association with water also makes it ideal for a bathroom, while deep blues open the mind and aid intuition, making it a good colour for the study.

Plascon Colour of the Month: Blue

Room Inspiration from Plascon Colour Forecast 2013 – “Balance” – The Contrast Palette

Plascon Colour of the Month: Blue

Left Image courtesy Plascon Spaces Magazine & right image sourced from collectingdesignin.blogspot.com

Which colours work well with blue?

  • Many people avoid blue because they feel it looks cold and unwelcoming, but you can instantly warm up this colour with touches of RED, PINK, ORANGE or YELLOW.
  • The contrast palette in the forecast has combined blue with accents of BRIGHT PINK and BRIGHT YELLOW to give it some energy and warmth.
  • Very popular right now is the RED, BLUE AND WHITE theme.
  • ORANGE and YELLOW are complementary colours to blue, so cream candles or orange/yellow flowers will look wonderful with this colour.
  • Blue and WHITE create a classical, fresh and uplifting space. Used together with glass and silver, a whole room can be bought to vibrant life.
  • NEUTRAL colours also go well with blue
Plascon Colour of the Month: Blue

Image sourced from room-works.com

Tips on using blue in your home…

  • You don’t need to paint all the walls in this colour – colour blocking is very on-trend, so think about using blue as a block around a painting, for example.
  • A feature wall or stripes (either horizontal of vertical) can also be a fun way to introduce this colour into your space.
  • You could also just add a band of navy blue just below the ceiling or just above the skirting.

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1 Response

  1. Love this article! Blue certainly is a beautiful colour with such scope and variety in its tones.

    Thanks so much for using my “Moroccan Rust” photo as an example. I couldn’t get over the extraordinary colours that people used in Morocco.

    If anyone is interested in seeing more of that spectacular blue colour, there are more photos from my trip to Morocco on RedBubble

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