The return of the masculine colour palette

As official paint partner to Decorex SA and a South African paint authority since 1981, Olympic paints share a trend that is taking the design world by storm. Recent years have seen a dramatic shift in interior trends with a move towards simplicity where the term that was coined by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe “less is more” is more applicable than ever. The success of more minimalist structures and interiors relies heavily on the colour palettes, which can either make the space a visual masterpiece or an area devoid of any personality.

There is a worldwide move towards colour palettes, which are darker or masculine in nature. This does not mean that they are not suitable for the fairer sex but rather less safe than the pastel palettes that have been popular for years.

Night Sky in the Urban Trend House at Decorex Durban

Night Sky in the Urban Trend House at Decorex Durban 2019

One of the most significant and most dramatic shifts is seen in the popularity of black and dark charcoal such as Night Sky by Olympic Paints, which continues to grow in popularity. There is a strong move towards entire rooms being painted in these dark bold colours, and contrary to common myths, if done correctly, they do not make the room look smaller. The overall effect is dramatic and sophisticated and provides the perfect backdrop for contemporary furniture and simplified décor and accent pieces.

Choc Mocca, 100% Extraordinary at Decorex Cape Town 2019

Choc Mocca, 100% Extraordinary at Decorex Cape Town 2019

Black and shades of charcoal are also infiltrating both the kitchen and bathroom spaces of the home and Olympic Platinum PLUS – Ultimate Shine in black provides the perfect solution for areas where moisture is prevalent. Decorex Cape Town and Durban saw this kitchen trend dominate and seems that it will have longevity and continue to evolve.

Exterior architecture is also following suit and building in these darker shades are springing up everywhere, and now we are starting to see homes in these dark tones. These darker colours actually integrate exceptionally well with the South African landscape and lend themselves to be combined with a host of other materials including natural timber as well as metal and concrete.

Berry Blaze in the Wine + Bubbly Bar at Decorex Cape Town 2019

Berry Blaze in the Wine + Bubbly Bar at Decorex Cape Town 2019

Decorex SA, as well as Olympic Paints, have been setting trends for years, so it seemed only apt that the two companies to put their creative heads together and create a unique colour palette to celebrate the new collaboration. The colour palette caters for all tastes and will have something to suit both the conservative homeowner as well as the more adventurous. Understanding the current shifts in design and the move towards more masculine colour palettes the colours that accurately identify with this trend include:

Emerald Intuition, Choc Mocha, Black and Night Sky, while lighter shades such as Berry Blaze, Misty Olive or the trendy accent colour Coral Desire as well as the top seller Crisp Mint will both compliment the primary pallet as well as creating a sense of drama by breaking the bolder tones.

Emerald Intuition in the Decorex International stand by Zingela at Decorex Durban 2019

Emerald Intuition in the Decorex International stand by Zingela at Decorex Durban 2019

Regardless how technology moves forwards and changing the way we live with the emergence of the fully integrated Smart Home, the paint will never become obsolete and will still be the most dominating factor when it comes to the overall look and feel of both the interior and exterior. There are many types of paints produced by Olympic Paints, and Decorex Joburg will be the perfect platform to get expert advice from the highly qualified Olympic team.

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Don’t miss the Olympic Paints stand at  Decorex Joburg 2019 for all the latest in colour trends.

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7-11 August
Gallagher Convention Centre
10am-6pm