The story behind Palettone

by Ofentse Sefolo
The story behind Palettone

For over 4 years Polyflor has been delving into the psychology, philosophy and trends of colour in every aspect of our world and discovered biophilic design.

Biophilic design incorporates natural materials, natural light, vegetation, nature views, nature colours and other experiences of the natural world into the modern built environment.

Biophilic design creates buildings that connect people and nature – hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children’s test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where neighbours and families thrive. Biophilic Design points the way toward creating healthy and productive habitats.

Colour in nature was the defining inspiration for Palettone, Polyflor’s new homogeneous vinyl flooring collection. Available in an astounding range of 50 colours comprising 7 colour palettes, each palette was derived from different aspects in nature to inspire design spaces.

In order to ensure that your customer pictures a particular forest green colour exactly the same way that you do, the internationally used National Colour System, a logical colour system which builds on how the human being sees colour, helps you communicate colour in a way that everyone understands. Each Palettone shade has its own NCS reference number as a guide to use whilst exploring and creating truly bespoke schemes that support your design intuition.

Cool Greys inspired by beautiful stone surfaces, capturing intriguing cool grey shades.

Warm Greys inspired by windswept sand creating warm tones as the receding sunlight hits each peak.

Greens of individual blades of grass flourishing to reflect an assortment of green tones.

Blues of gently rippling water revealing soft curves and tranquil shades of blue.

Naturally formed crystals, exposing alluring Pink Purple tones.

Fallen autumn leaves building up a delightful collection of Yellow Reds.

Maturing bark forming fascinating Beige Brown contrasts.

Homogenous flooring by Polyflor is synonymous with quality and performance and product ranges that are typified by their excellent durability, reliability, ease of maintenance and design opportunities. This latest addition is no exception and Palettone brings with it a world of benefits.

The intricate composition of a solid base colour enhanced with complementary toned highlights affords a contemporary product that shows significantly less dirt or scratches. The range is suitable for use in any area of design from healthcare to education, retail to commercial and also available in a static dissipative sheet and 608 x 608 tiles to assist you in creating a universal palette. Palettone has a semi-matte finish with a PUR coating for easy maintenance and a lifetime polish free commitment, low VOC emissions and carries an unprecedented 15-year warranty.

Light Reflectance Values (LRVs) can be used to show compliance and understanding of various building regulations within hospitals, schools and the commercial environment and represent a relative light and dark value rather than an actual colour. LRVs are expressed on a scale of 1-100 where absolute black has a value of 0 and absolute white has a value of 100. As a universal value for “contrast”, the minimum of 30 points of LRV difference is specified to ensure sufficient contrast between adjacent surfaces for the visually impaired. To help support a proposed design scheme, the LRVs for Palettone PUR and Palettone SD are available, highlighting the depth and choice from within the collection. This is of particular relevance when designing for a dementia friendly environment.

For colour, for choice, think Palettone.

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