The first signs of autumn are in the air and with every new season comes a brand new colour palette for our homes. Few of us are in the market for a complete makeover but a new coat of paint is often all it takes to update your house’s look.

Plascon colour manager Anne Roselt (@anneroselt) says the strongest colour trends this winter are the bold colours as showcased in the Urban Tribe palette of Plascon’s 2014 colour forecast.

Winter is all about browns, greys and blacks – it’s usually hard to find colour. This year, purples, oranges and reds are coming through very clearly and decorators and consumers are being much braver with strong colour than they’ve been before


Anne pointed out at there was also a significant African influence in paint colours for the winter and suggested that anyone who doubted that the world was turning to Africa for inspiration, should look at the tribal style of the Burberry A/W 2014 collection as well as New Zealand designer Karen Walker’s current collaboration with Kenyan crafters to complete her new eyewear collection.

Burberry A/W 2014
Karen Walker’s current collaboration with Kenyan crafters to complete her new eyewear collection.
Karen Walker’s current collaboration with Kenyan crafters to complete her new eyewear collection.

 The world of colour is drawing tremendous inspiration from Africa and, using that inspiration to assist the third world in return.

Plascon will reveal their 2014 colour forecast, Colour Nation, at Decorex Cape Town, which takes place at the CTICC from 25th to 28th April.

Anne added that greys and beiges would continue to be staple neutrals in the paint world but that warmer neutrals such as caramel and taupe are becoming more popular.

Cathy O’Clery, programmes director of 100% Design South Africa, consulted on the Plascon colour forecast and she sees a lot more confidence on the part of homeowners and their use of paint.

In the past, there was a trend towards featuring one accent wall in your home. Now we are seeing complimentary colours on the other walls instead of a safe neutral.

Cathy added that there is still a huge trend towards the use of grey walls and this season tones of grey worked particularly well with the popular pastels.

 Consumers are much more confident these days and a lot more educated than ever before. With social media platforms like pinterest it has enabled us all to edit our own style and head out to the shops knowing what we want.

Cathy says while the Pantone colour of the year, Radiant Orchid, isn’t to everyone’s taste, purple is one of the strong winter colours coming through.

This winter’s biggest metallic accent is copper: “It came down from northern Europe, where the Swedes and the Danes started to use copper. It is now most definitely the metal of the moment and works so well with this season’s pastels,” says Cathy.

Look out for more colour inspiration at the Plascon stand at Decorex Cape Town, where experts will be on hand to demonstrate paint effects as well as advise visitors on the best paint for their needs.

Don’t miss Decorex Cape Town, & 100% Design South Africa launch pavilion

25 – 28 April 2014
10am – 7pm( 6pm on Sunday)
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