Plascon Essential Collection – The Neutrals: Greys

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Catherine Bowen
, Plascon Trends Editor

Photograph by Chris Court, Image Source chriscourt.com

Photograph by Chris Court, Image Source: chriscourt.com

Previously on our blog we covered the Plascon Essential Collection in two parts (Essential Collection Part One | Essential Collection Part Two); we showed you the inspiration behind the moods and themes in this collection of classic colours, which was compiled by our Colour Manager, Anne Roselt.

Yesterday we looked at the Beige and Ivory tones of the Neutrals; today we look at the Greys. Grey seems to be a colour that we just can’t get enough of!

Photograph by Camilla Skye, Image Source flickr.com

Photograph by Camilla Skye, Image Source: flickr.com

Image Courtesy Plascon Spaces Showroom (Design Quarter, Fourways, Johannesburg)

Image Courtesy Plascon Spaces Showroom (Design Quarter, Fourways, Johannesburg)

Again, inspiration is everywhere in nature: from stormy skies of thunderous grey cumulonimbus clouds, to stormy seas of grey-green waves, to grey-brown tones of shale and the soft down feathers of birds, to the man-made textures and colour of concrete… Everywhere there is colour to be emulated.

Image Source livingalifeinflower.tumblr.com

Image Source: livingalifeinflower.tumblr.com

Image Courtesy Plascon Spaces Showroom (Design Quarter, Fourways, Johannesburg)

Our Essential Collection has a grey with every possible undertone that you could hope for: blue, green, brown, black, purple.

Image Source pygment.com

Image Source: pygment.com

Image Courtesy Plascon Spaces Showroom (Design Quarter, Fourways, Johannesburg)

Image Courtesy Plascon Spaces Showroom (Design Quarter, Fourways, Johannesburg)

Photograph by Rezza Bassiri, Image Source oktoberkind.tumblr.com

Photograph by Rezza Bassiri, Image Source: oktoberkind.tumblr.com

From the perspective of colour psychology, greys are the colour of intellect, knowledge, and wisdom. Grey is perceived to be a colour that is long-lasting, classic, sleek and refined; it carries a sense of dignity, conservatism and authority; it is controlled and inconspicuous and is the colour of compromise (sitting between the extremes of black and white). Grey is therefore the perfect neutral and background colour.

Image Courtesy Plascon Spaces Showroom (Design Quarter, Fourways, Johannesburg)

Image Courtesy Plascon Spaces Showroom (Design Quarter, Fourways, Johannesburg)

Photograph by Robert Hodgin, Image Source randomghost.com

Photograph by Robert Hodgin, Image Source: randomghost.com

Image Courtesy Plascon Spaces Showroom (Design Quarter, Fourways, Johannesburg)

Image Courtesy Plascon Spaces Showroom (Design Quarter, Fourways, Johannesburg)

So if you are wanting to give a room in your home or work-space a timeless and classic makeover, why not consider one of these shades of grey!

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6 Responses

  1. Vusi says:

    Hi there,

    I have painted my house walls with Crete Shore and would like to get best colour to paint my Pillars that will go with it.

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Vusi, thanks for visiting Plascon Trends. I have consulted with our colour experts – please see their response below:

      Dear Vusi, thank you so much for your enquiry. The best option that I can give you is to contact the Plascon Spaces Showroom. To choose the right colour for your exterior, we need to see the architecture of your house, and also where the pillars are situated. Please send a recent photo (1 MB – 5MB) to bookings@plasconspaces.co.za and the team will do colour options for you. Kind regards.

  2. Joeke Monteiro says:

    I need samples of Tribecca corner and Rhine caste for my house in Oranjezicht Cape Twon

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Joeke – thanks for visiting Plascon Trends 🙂

      If you go to Handiman in Gardens – speak to Fabian – you can get tester-pots for the colours you have referenced.

      Kind regards.

  3. Pokazi Tetyana says:

    Hello,

    I need advice on feature wall I have in mind, the entry way! I want to do a thick (15-20cm) horizontal stripe pattern. The background colour will be the current French Chartreusse CB15673, I need a dark shade for the contrasting stripe. On the wall I will mount timelinephotographs.

    Can you give me ideas on which shade of dark grey to choose and advise where I can collect samples in Bryasnton , Gauteg or Fourways, Gauteng?

    Thank You,
    Pokazi

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Pokazi – thanks for visiting Plascon Trends 🙂

      Your question was forwarded to our colour consultants at the Plascon Spaces Showroom. Please see Lungile’s response below:

      Good day Pokazi,

      Below are two neutral grey digital swatches. Both colours will work well with French Chartreuse. Paris Paving is greyer and darker than Hollyhock.

      Pokazi swatches

      Please note that these colour swatches are digital renders, and depending on your screen, the monitor colour 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 i.e. 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. Alternatively, you can purchase a smaller tester pot from your local hardware and similarly try the colour on a small surface before buying large quantities.

      Hard-copy swatches are obtainable from the Plascon Spaces Showroom:

      Shop 106
      First Floor, Design Quarter
      Corner of William Nicol Drive and Leslie Avenue East
      Fourways, Johannesburg

      If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me (details below).

      Regards,

      LUNGILE MTSHALI
      Colour Consultant
      spaces@kansaiplascon.co.za

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