Kerstin Eser, Plascon Trends Contributor
Today’s post focuses on an area that I not only deal with on a regular basis at work, but with which I have a personal affinity: the colour white and its different shades. It was Plascon’s Colour of the Month in December, so I thought it a good idea to elaborate on the variations that this colour has to offer.
White will always be on-trend; the tone and shades might change but we always love white and also need it to complement our surroundings. Personally, I LOVE white in all its varieties! If I didn’t have kids and animals, my entire house would be white – floor to ceiling. One little area in my house that allows me to put my own stamp on it and permits me to carry out my ‘dreams’ is my bedroom, which, of course, is mostly white. After a busy day, I find a real calmness in this space.
The thing about white is that it’s ever-changing; it’s never simply ‘white’. It’s white with a touch of blue, white with a yellow undertone, grey-white, a beige white, and the list goes on… Plus, there are so many elements that affect white: reflections, the light, the mood, etc. Let’s not forget how white has the ability to make every other colour it interacts with, pop and shine against its blank canvas.
There are no limits to the different shades of white, but I have compiled a list of ‘The Ultimate Whites’ (a list that is ever-changing). For the moment, here are a few from my collection of amazing PLASCON whites – most of which have a timeless appeal. I’ve split them up into groups according to their undertones, in order to make it easy to see where they fall.
Grey Shades of White
- Plaster EC 61
- Antique Petal EC 43
- Light Stone EC 68
- Nomadic Dream EC 56
Warm Shades of White
- Light Stone NEU06
- Fresh Scent Y6-B2-3
- Light Reflection Y6-A2-3
- Broken White EPL 314
Cool Shades of White
- Lagoon Mirror EC 3
- Misty Dawn EC 55
- Whimsical White B5-B2-3
- Diamond White EC 103
- Dried Leaf EC 25
- Landing EC 67
- Sheepish Y5-C2-3
- Afternoon Shower Y4-C2-3
Whites with a pink/magenta undertone
- Salt Pebble EC 4
- White Canvas EC 11
- Worn Wood NEU08
- Evening Mist EC 1
Here are a few of my favourite combinations…
WHITE AND RAW WOOD – add a little warmth to white by adding the natural warm tones of wood:
WHITE ON WHITE – makes me think of flowing white curtains and blurred lines:
WHITE WITH SHADES OF GREY – a grey is really a white with a reflection or shadow cast across it:
BLACK AND WHITE – this combination will never date! Black and white will always have a place:
WHITE AND NUEDE/DUSTY PINK – I am completely loving these colours together (deserves a whole blog post):
Hopefully some of these serene and inspiring images have planted a few seeds and have got your creative juices flowing. Enjoy – until next time!