WORDS Gina Dionisio
With “homegrown” the theme of Plascon’s summer trend forecast for interiors and exteriors, the colours for this season are heavily influenced by the natural hues of South Africa’s unique landscape.
Plascon has released the first major colour update for 2023! The brand’s new palette is bold without being overwhelming or demanding, and combines luminous pastels and deep brights. It features nature-led colours such as earthy browns and oranges, three different blue hues for sea and sky, an olive green, and a more muted purplish berry tone:
Directly inspired by the earth and the different colours of soil, from beach sand to riverbank clay, there’s Coffee Shop (O2-D1-2) and Yellow Mystery (Y4-B2-1), which tend towards the chocolate brown and buttery cream, respectively. Then there’s Baked Earth (O4-B1-1), which is a vibrant orange reminiscent of the iron-rich soil of KwaZulu-Natal. These shades also build on Plascon’s 2023 Colour Combination which was release late last year.
In blues, River God (B2-D1-2) is a moody teal with wonderful depth, while Pastel Tint (G7-B2-2) is a soft, powdery sky tone. Granada Bay (B1-A1-3) recalls the enticing blue of clear tropical waters or a midsummer sky at noon.
Lime Juice (Y6-B1-2) carries hints of khaki in the lemon-yellow and is a fresh green take on plant-based tones. Berry Light (P6-D1-3) is a summer nod to fingertips stained by mulberries picked directly from the tree.
For those drawn to bold directions, these uniquely African hues will bring a touch of drama to your favourite indoor and outdoor spaces.