BY MBALI MPOFU
Painting a room is a quick and easy way to update a space especially if you’re looking to sell. But where to start with so many colours available to choose from? “Choosing colours need not be a daunting task”, says Plascon Head of Decorative Marketing Katlego Kondlo, “if you follow these four simple steps:”
- Decide on ‘the look’
Modern, industrial, contemporary, coastal, mid-century, minimal, French and more, there are so many different design and décor styles to choose from. Consider the space and the rest of the home before deciding on the look. “Is this an office, a reading nook, a formal lounge that you are decorating? All these questions need to be answered before you decide so that you can get the most out of your newly revamped space,” Katlego suggests.
- The three ‘F’ words
Once decided on ‘the look’ and before heading to the hardware for paint swatches, think instead about the fabric, furniture and flooring. Katlego says, “It’s easier to match paint to these three elements than the other way around so take the time to ensure you know what colours and textures you’ll be working with before you buy your paint.”
- Choosing your colours and paints
A colour scheme all depends on preferences and what look you are going for and it’s not always just about one colour. Plascon’s Colour Forecast 2019 was designed to make this process a lot easier. This year’s forecast features four colour themes or stories which are loosely based on the four seasons. Within these colour stories are neutrals or core colours that can be used throughout the space, for walls, ceilings, furniture and door frames and then your accents which are for those fun pops of colour on décor accessories. You’ll also need to consider the right paint for the finish you’re looking for. Katlego says, “For interiors we suggest Plascon Cashmere or Double Velvet which are durable and have a luxurious feel for finishing off a beautifully appointed space.” Visit https://plascon.com/colour-inspiration/colour/2019to get all the information you need.
- Take a sample
With the colour palette selected, do not go straight to the hardware and buy the paint you want. Rather take the time to get some sample pots to paint in the space to avoid any surprises. Katlego says, “Different lighting does affect how a colour looks on the wall. To avoid disappointment, paint a couple of coats in the space you want to cover to make sure that beautiful colour on the swatch isn’t something completely different on the wall.”
“By following these four easy steps and consulting the help of our Colour Forecast 2019 with all its trendy colours, techniques and tips, your space will feel brand new in no time,” concludes Katlego.
SOURCE: Kansai Plascon
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IMAGES AND CAPTIONS
Versatile Ravine (62) pairs with just about any colour and adds warmth to a space, making it feel more cosy, contemporary and welcoming.
The monochrome trend is gaining popularity with dignified dark shades providing a grown-up interior. Cosy yet sophisticated Black Bean (71) is lifted with wooden accents and smooth shiny copper fittings for a modern touch to a more traditional scheme.
What could be more cheerful than two shades of yellow? Here Lemon Rind (Y4-A1-3) and Meadow Yellow (Y4-A2-2) demonstrate that the new uplifting minimalism goes way beyond white.
Maximising the minimal look with colour, this composition of Go Go Red (R4-A1-1) and apricot Orange Delight (O5-A1-4) stands out dramatically without the need for too much else.
Gentle lilac Candy Tuft (P3-B2-1) is a charming choice for a bedroom. Pair up with rich Granny Apple (G2-A1-1) and soft neutrals for a delicate colour combination in a tranquil yet revitalising boudoir.
The Glamour colour story is for those who appreciate beautiful, considered design with stimulating, bold and opulent shades like playfully pastel Nutmeg Dust (O3-C2-2).
Edgy, dramatic, urban! This home’s concrete façade in Silver (38) and Dark Onyx (42) pays homage to Urban’s industrial aesthetic.