Don't be afraid to introduce colour to a home

South Africans tend to be very cautious about introducing colour into the home. By nature we tend to gravitate towards more traditional styles, but perhaps it's time to step outside your comfort zone and dare to be different.

Decorating with muted or neutral hues

I came across Urban Grace Interiors while researching for decorating with muted or monochromatic hues, since not everyone wants a home splashed with bold colours. Their interior designs are simple yet dramatic and show that you don't always need bright colours to make a house feel like a home.


Keep your home cool in summer in shades of blue

If you decorate using colour psychology as your guide book you will know that blue is a colour that cools and soothes. We put together a collection of blue room; from bathrooms to living rooms, blue is perfect for our hot summers.


Fade to black... decorate with black

Not many would be bold enough to paint a wall in flat black, but black has a way of introducing a level of drama and impact that no other colour can do.



Use earthy colours and organic materials to warm up a home

During the autumn and winter months many homeowners find themselves looking for ways to warm up a home that won't increase the electricity bill and is easy to achieve.



Fluorescent hues for vivid colour

The Rust-Oleum range of fluorescent spray paints are easy and fun and can add instant colour to decor accessories, walls and trim, and even furniture.



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50 Shades of grey

With the movie 50 Shades of Grey due to hit the circuit this weekend to tie in with Valentine's Day it seemed appropriate to look at how shades of grey don't have to be bland but can inject just as much personality as other neutral shades.


Pantone Colour of the Year 2015

Pantone Colour of the Year, Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.



Use colour to add personality to home

While I still love the look of neutral and monochromatic colour schemes, to me a room without colour is a room without personality!



Family home filled with colour

After living with a floor plan that just didn't work for this family, the walls between the tiny kitchen, dining room and sunroom were knocked down to create a large open plan space that is filled with colour and light. In fact, every room in the newly decorated home is now bursting with colour!


Plascon colour palette for 2015

Everyone eagerly awaits the launch of the annual Plascon colour palette and this year was no exception. Crowds flocked to Decorex for the unveiling of the new Plascon 2015 colour palette and weren't disappointed by the beautiful displays for the new colour trends.


Fresh interior design ideas

With spring just one month away, I decided to revisit fresh white interior design for those who prefer a monochromatic or neutral colour scheme for decorating a home. White, whether walls and trim or just a few accent pieces, dress any home with timeless elegance and make a small space visually larger. Plus, white goes with any colour or texture, allowing you to dress up a space in line with your own personal style with little effort. 

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Ikea inspired designs for 2014 - It's all about colour!

The Ikea catalogue for 2014 might offer products that sadly aren't available to us here in South Africa, but that's no reason not to take ideas and inspiration. The new Ikea catalogue is filled with colour, with colour-splashed furniture being the dominating feature. Hone up your upholstery skills and grab your sewing machine... colourful slipcovers and cushions are going to be a feature this year!

Cool interiors with shades of blue

Whether you choose shades of pale blue, robin's egg blue, blue with a hint of green, or darker shades of blue, there's no denying that blue refreshes any room setting. Decorate with blue in any room in a home for an interior space that is cool and calm. Pop into your local Plascon paint store for advice on painting your home in shades of blue and give your home a new look.


Decorate with shades of grey

Decorating with light shades of grey allows you to decorate in so many styles and with so many colour combinations, that grey should be the new white. Whisper-soft grey walls provide the perfect backdrop for building up layers of colour to create a personal decorating scheme for any home.


Let your home explode with colour!

Stroll through any fabric or paint store and you will discover a kaleidoscope of textures, styles and colours. Not for the faint-hearted, bold colour can be beautiful and exciting. But would you dare...? Take advantage of the gorgeous fabrics and Plascon paint colours we have at our disposal and let your home explode with colour.


Make 2014 a colourful year!

Bring your life - and your home - out of the doldrums with a splash of colour. Whether you use paint or accessories, colour invigorates and refreshes a home and instantly gives you a boost.



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Radiant Orchid - Pantone colour for 2014

Last year, Emerald was Pantone's colour of the year. For 2014 Pantone have selected Radiant Orchid. Express your creativity and originality with Radiant Orchid - a colour that inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.


Add a coloursplash with painted furniture

Today's range of Plascon paints are so easy to use. You can transform dated or secondhand furniture into a colourful and practical piece for your home. Use bold, bright colours for a children's bedroom, add an ombre touch to a chest of drawers , or doll up a dark piece for a more modern touch.


Decorate with subtle colour

Keep your interiors cool during the hot summer months by selecting a colour palette that is fresh and inviting. We take a look at rooms designed by Muse Interiors, for a glimpse into how subtle colours work beautifully to create timeless interiors that stay fresh during summer. Take advantage of Plascon's Inspired Colour System for your next decorating project.


Decorate in pink and blue

If you are looking for a way to add a touch of soft summer colour to your home, think about combining pink and blue. While there was a time when pink was for little girls and blue for little boys, pink and blue has grown up and is now considered a sophisticated colour palette for any home.


Decorate with Second Nature

My favourite colour combination from Plascon's 2014 colour palette is Second Nature. This palette offers a selection of bright greens and blues that bring the vibrant colours of nature into the home. Be daring and paint a wall in your favourite colour!


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Decorate with Urban Tribe

Add a splash of vibrant colour to your home with Plascon's Urban Tribe colour palette. This mix of contemporary brights, combined with pure gold and black accents, will add excitement to any home. We selected a few interiors that offer inspiration in using the various colours in the Urban Tribe palette.


Plascon 2014 colour palette

Providing homeowners with a snapshot of what is happening in the worlds of design and interior decoration, the Plascon Colour Palette interprets the most relevant and contemporary colours into easy-to-use, inspiring palettes.


Decorate with your favourite colours

Decorating my own home in a rather eclectic style has made me realise that it isn't always necessary to follow the trends when it comes to colour. If you have your own favourite colours - there's no reason why you can't use these colours in the home. With a little help from Plascon's Inspired Colour System, you can view the colours you like and then look at what colours work alongside.

Download the free Plascon InspireMe app

Available across all the leading mobile download platforms, the Plascon InspireMe App is your one stop place to find your ideal colour from your everyday environment, choose the perfect Plascon shades and get advice on how to apply it to any surface. All this information at your fingertips. And did we mention that it's free?


Beautiful colour inspiration

I have found the most wonderful site - a creative mint - that displays the most beautiful visually colour images. Below are just a few examples of the visual creations you will find on this site, and it's well worth a visit just to see more...


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Choose colours from nature

Design Seeds make it so simple to choose paint colours for a home or room decorating project. Print out and take the colours along to your local Plascon supplier and let them mix up your unique colour scheme.


Choose the perfect colour palette

We've put together a selection of modern colour palettes to make choosing the right colour for your home easier.



What's the right colour palette

Are you craving a colourful new look but are stumped about where to start? We asked a handful of designers to share the colour palettes they're using now to give rooms a refresh. (We've given the paint match for each colour so you can use the paint chips to coordinate fabric, furniture, and more.)


How to choose a colour palette

Choosing a colour palette when decorating a home can be a difficult task, but set yourself up for success by knowing the basics of the colour wheel and how different colour schemes come together to create a harmonious and stunning room interiors.


What's your favourite colour?

While the PANTONE 2010 colour of the year - Turquoise - served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.

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Use colour to your advantage

With a few tricks of the trade you can use colour to your advantage when decorating spaces that are too small, too high, too cold, etc.


Decorate with teal and lemon

If there are two colours that are meant for each other, it has to be turquoise and yellow - or teal and lemon. These two colours complement each other perfectly to create a fresh and invigorating combination that is calm and serene at the same time.


Download our free Colour Wheel

Open the PDF to print out and create your own colour wheel.



Decorate with teal and lemon

If there are two colours that are meant for each other, it has to be turquoise and yellow - or teal and lemon. These two colours complement each other perfectly to create a fresh and invigorating combination that is calm and serene at the same time.


Plascon palette for 2013

Every year I trudge off to Decorex for the unveiling of the latest colour palette, and every year I am awed by the colour combinations. This year was no different, but I am nicely surprised to find out my new decorating scheme ties in perfectly with the 'Dare' palette.


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Choosing the right paint colour

Picking your favourite colour from a paint swatch is easy, but making it work in a real interior is far more difficult as colours do not work in isolation. The proportion of a room, existing furniture and the degree of natural light can all have a dramatic impact on how a colour looks - in some cases making it a long way removed from the shade you thought you had picked.


Decorate with yellow

With its sunny appeal and versatile nature, yellow is one of the most popular colours for decorating. It warms up a cool room and brightens a dark space, but you need to keep in mind a few guidelines when using yellow, so that it does not overpower.


Decorate with white

White is by far the most popular colour for interior decorating. Why? Is it because it is the colour of joy, hope, innocence and cleanliness. Or that it represents purity, optimism and enlightenment. Regardless of what’s in fashion, no colour is more universally favoured.


Decorating for those afraid of colour

Need a pleasing colour palette for your home decor? Just look around you! From works of art to stylish scarves, gorgeous colour combinations are everywhere. Choose a colourful piece by an artist or designer, and the work is done for you. You can find trendy colour palettes on all kinds of things if you keep an eye out for them.


Decorate with orange

Orange is the most controversial of colours. Many consider it to be the gauche legacy of the freewheeling '70s. But what an unfair reputation that decade has! To me, the '70s were when the counterculture became the popular culture -- and when adults finally felt liberated to embrace immaturity. You could be young again without having to be innocent!


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Turquoise - Colour of the year 2010

Pantone, the global authority on colour, have announced Turquoise, an inviting, luminous hue, as the colour of the year for 2010. Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.

Pick paint colours you'll love

Looking for a colour combination that will wow? With the help of our friendly experts at Plascon we've got a few tips for finding colour inspiration in the most unexpected places.



Decorate with purple

The paint colours you choose for your walls sets the tone for the decor in a home. If you haven't recently decorated, give your home a new look. Pretty purple accessories can add a punch of liveliness to any room. Add a hint of this hue to your home decor and liven things up with these items ranging from deep purple to lilac, from plum to lavender!


Classic decorating colours

Colour palettes may change each season, but classic colours remain true favourites. These are colours that can be used in a home that will not age over time.



The art of using accent colours

Certain colours innately evoke different memories, thoughts or moods. If your home is laced with walls that are too white or overbearingly dark, details in your décor can change everything. By recognizing this, it is easy to brighten up or give any room a little extra personality with accent colours.

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One room - three different colour palettes

Southern Living transformed one room using paint colour and accessories to give three completely different looks, showing just how much difference colour can make to any room in a home...


Decorate a home to sell - choosing colours

When decorating a home for sale - or staging a home - one of the most important rules of thumb is to view your home from a buyer's point of view. Apart from furnishing, the wall colours you choose have a big impact on how a room feels. You may love strong colours and have very stylish interior decor that goes with them, but colour can present several drawbacks when it comes to resale.

Using the 60 30 10 principle for decorating

If you constantly browse through glossy home magazines looking for ideas and inspiration, you will have often wondered how they always manage to get it right - The paint colours used in room settings always seem so perfect. Interior designers and decorators make use of the 60-30-10 principle...


Decorating for the colour blind

Need a pleasing colour palette for your home decor? Just look around you! From works of art to stylish scarves, gorgeous colour combinations are everywhere. Choose a colourful piece by an artist or designer, and the work is done for you. You can find trendy colour palettes on all kinds of things if you keep an eye out for them.


Tips on how to use a colour wheel

A colour wheel is a very useful tool if you are going to be doing any home decorating. Choosing paint colours can be a confusing experience, leaving you racked with indecision as you peruse paint swatches and try to figure out which colours will look perfect on your living room wall. The color wheel is designed to make it easier for you to see the relationships between different hues.

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