The Kansai Plascon Colour Forecast surveys the way colour is being used across the creative industries, and then filters this insight into a set of trend stories.

Amadeus is an earthy, warm neutral yellow tone that brings a fresh and grounding element to any space. The Kansai Plascon Colour Team chose it for both its reflection of global trends and its complete usability.

Colour influences every aspect of our lives – from fashion and décor to art and design. Every year, Kansai Plascon publishes their viewpoint on the latest colour trends in their Colour Forecast. It starts with the experts in the brand’s Colour Team surveying the way colour is being used across the creative industries, and then filtering this insight into a set of trend stories that truly reflect the global mood. These curate a palette of colours from the Kansai Plascon colour system, brought to life through inspiring room sets and inspiration imagery. With this approach customers can get an insight into the trends at play, supported by the guidance to bringing the looks to life in their own spaces.



The world is in flux at the moment, but with uncertainty comes possibility. As a result, we’re seeing a global design scene characterised by creatives playing with eclectic combinations to create something new from the familiar. Taking its cue from this tendency, the stories for this year were all inspired by this mixing of diverse elements.

Current colour trends are seeing an experimental spirit in design coming through. Seemingly unusual colour combinations are being brought together, and while not what would be considered a typical colour combination, when you see them together they really do work. This year, the Plascon Colour Forecast Team reiterate that when bold colour choices are on trend, the Forecast is even more important to give customers confidence to explore these in their own homes.

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Flipping the ratio of brights to greens and blues, Exotic Euphoria can take on a fresh and breezy feeling, more tropical than jungle. The brights are still important, however, to keep the balance between energy and calm.

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Because they’re all inspired by floral and fruit tones, the brights in Exotic Euphoria live together beautifully despite being so different. Taken together they feel vital and eclectic, while alone they make bold statements in interiors.

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This theme can take on a slightly retro feeling when the bolder colours are allowed to take over. Graphic and simplistic décor details stand proud against this striking backdrop.

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Playing with colour proportions in this theme is key. A generous use of neutrals along with the trend colours helps to achieve the signature contemplative feeling.


Along with four themes that express the key trends in the world of colour, Plascon also chooses one colour in the Forecast that captures the overall mood for that year. This year, the team decided to do things differently and pick a Neutral of the Year. This means that the colour is still directional and trend-right, but much easier and versatile for anyone to use, whether it’s by itself or with other hues from the Forecast.

The Neutral of the Year for 2018 is Amadeus: an earthy, yellow-tinted hue. The overall feeling in design at the moment is that the world is in flux, and the current colour trends are often about bringing together eclectic influences to create something new. The Colour Team picked this neutral because it balances this tendency out and brings the grounding energy that holds a more diverse palette together.

Colour Story One: Exotic Euphoria

In this first theme, the distinction between natural and artificial blurs in response to scientists and artists hybridising the two in their work. The palette’s supercharged and jungle-inspired brights are almost phosphorescent, especially against the backdrop of lush natural hues. The overall feeling is a little wild and overgrown, and it’s perfect to create living spaces that feel connected and natural but energetic at the same time.

Colour Story Two: Soft Composition

Soft Composition is about editing spaces and styles to create room for contemplation. The mood is calming yet grounded and the whole look is inspired by classic form and colours. The palette gets its on-trend update through the inclusion of bold retro accents alongside the muted colours. In this way, classic and contemporary are combined. The whole idea is to create spaces that feel familiar but at the same time look new. It’s a warm take on minimalism for the way we live today.

Colour Story Three: Craft Spirit

Every culture has a craft heritage and this theme is inspired by the way this common past connects us all today. It’s about combining North and South, East and West, and finding that the ties that bind are invariably colour. This rich global mix is expressed in a palette of pigmented hues, fruity accents and watery blues. The overall feeling created in Craft Spirit is one of connection and it’s ideal for creating rich and textured living spaces.

Colour Story Four: Hi-Glo

One for the adventurous, Hi-Glo is the mash-up of digital and physical. It’s inspired by how the digital space allows people to express new identities and at the same time how colour still has such a physical presence in our lives. It’s a rule-breaking palette of citrusy sorbet tones, soft pink, mid-toned primaries and grounding earthy colours to hold it all together. It’s the perfect way to create youthful and more experimental spaces, and lends itself well to artistic colour treatments and paint effects.

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Craft Spirit is inspired by a fusion of our global heritage. It’s a palette that draws on rich earthy reds and pink hues to update ancient design for contemporary living spaces.

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The blues in Craft Spirit are inspired by indigo – a dyeing treatment seen across many cultures. This means they work well as rich, saturated surfaces, or in more textured or patterned incarnations.

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The purple and citrus yellow and green combination from this story form a fresh and youthful colour palette that works perfectly in paint techniques.

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The bolder primary tones in Hi-Glo lend themselves to simple geometric patterns and forms where they blur the boundary between physical and artificial.


The Forecast is launched each year at Decorex Joburg, where the colour stories are brought to life on the Plascon stand. Copies of the Forecast are then included in leading decor publications around the launch in August, as well as with Plascon’s own Spaces magazine. After the launch, customers can visit their nearest Plascon stockist to collect their own copy. For more information, visit

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