Colour in design

by Ofentse Sefolo
Colour in design

As research shows that natural light and the correct use of colour and aesthetics can have a profound impact on our mood, architects and interior designers are taking a more holistic approach towards creating environments that heal, uplift and contribute to the well-being of its occupants.
In order for people to be healthy, a balance of colour wavelengths is necessary to create harmonious electrical patterns in the brain and harmonise metabolic function. This is why knowledge of the energetic effects of light and colour in the building environment can be used to provide emotional support and effective productivity.

“Work in colour”
The colours chosen for a place of work can also have a dramatic, instinctive effect on clients and visitors, creating either a good or bad perception of the business. An understanding of which colours are tranquil and which are less so, can ensure that the image customers remember and associate with the business is positive. More serious types of businesses, however, would send a different message through their use of colour than more social ones, for example.

With the theme for Plascon’s 2017 Design Competition being “Work in colour”, entrants were required to research colour psychology and colour therapeutics in order to submit a meaningful project. The winner will be announced in August and the best projects will be on display at Decorex in the 100% Design section.

New Spaces Showroom
Offering professionally guided advice to create interiors that portray the intended message, Plascon has completed the expansion of its new-look Spaces Showroom, which is now situated on the first floor of Design Quarter in Fourways, Johannesburg.

Colourful contemporary paint effects and an ever-changing magnetic imagery mood board form part of the visually inspiring environment, which has been created to motivate visitors to be playful and adventurous. Here they are able to express their individuality, whether designing an office or home, new build, renovation or simply a little facelift.

At Spaces, both designers and consumers can gather colours, view the different Plascon brands and respective colour palettes on sliding panels, receive technical content and compile colour combinations with the help of experienced colour consultants, who understand painted colour and its technicalities when exposed to different light conditions and varied textured surfaces.

Online advice
Plascon’s colour service is available both in-house and online, using onsite tools to prepare digitally “before and after” painted projects. Designers can visit the online showroom and share project images via email for inspirational feedback.

The Spaces team can also provide correct surface preparation tips as well as the correct brand to use, depending on budget and project, helping customers to experience colour and finish before making a final purchase decision.

Tel: 011 467 8693/4
Email: spaces@kansaiplascon.co.za : Bookings@plasconspaces.co.za
Website: www.kansaiplascon.co.za or www.plasconspacesshowroom.co.za or www.Plascon.com

Caption Main Image: An ever-changing magnetic imagery mood board form part of the visually inspiring environment at the Spaces Showroom.

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