Taking inspiration from nature’s blue expanses, Plascon has announced its third annual Colour Combination – a selection of aquatic hues designed to alleviate stress and invigorate our spaces. The Colour Combination for 2024 looks to the restorative properties of water in times when concerns for our health and that of our planet take precedence, bringing a sense of calm and optimism for a lighter and brighter future. 

In 2022, Plascon became the first coatings company in South Africa to present a Colour Combination of the Year, featuring three colours instead of a single one. For three consecutive years, Plascon has launched these exciting Colour Combinations in a 60-30-10 ratio – the industry-standard design approach of 60% of a room being in a dominant colour, 30% in a secondary colour and 10% in an accent colour – making it easier for users to achieve a well-considered look. 

The year 2024 sees the new trio of colours emerge following months of extensive research into the zeitgeist as the world recovers from the pandemic years and faces extreme climate challenges. Together, this layered and immersive harmony of hues awakens the restorative properties of blue, a colour that a recent review by the Environmental Agency found to hold a more pronounced ability to elevate mood and improve feelings of rejuvenation – even more so than green!

While many of us have been seeking refuge in green spaces like forests and parks, and incorporating leafy hues into our home, recent studies have found that blue spaces are associated with more positive measures of physical and mental wellbeing. Environmental psychologist Dr Matthew White, who is a member of BlueHealth, a programme researching the benefits of urban blue spaces, notes that ‘spending time in and around aquatic environments has consistently been shown to lead to significantly higher benefits, in inducing positive mood and reducing negative mood and stress’.

In light of these findings, and our collective desire for calm, reassuring spaces, Plascon looked to the allure of water to transform our homes – and they didn’t need to look far: South Africa has a profound affinity with this life-giving source, thanks to our thousands of kilometres of coastlines, many pristine lakes and abundance of waterfalls. 

Crystal-clear Caribbean Sea (G7-A1-2) is the colour representing the largest percentage in the design ratio. On its own, this colour evokes sun-lit shallow waters on a warm day, while its pairing with the other two – North Beach (B4-B1-1) at 30% and Aqua Pura (G7-C2-2) at 10% – captures the full spectrum of aquatic blues. 

The vibrant warm turquoise of Crystal-clear Caribbean Sea (G7-A1-2) with its green undertone is invigorating, bringing energy and a sense of renewal into any space. 

North Beach (B4-B1-1) is a bold and saturated azure representing the enveloping comfort of the deep without being too cool. And the gently shaded, blue-green Aqua Pura (G7-C2-2) is the perfect highlight, a pale near-neutral reminiscent of rays of sun sparkling on water. 

Together, this layered and immersive harmony of hues awakens the restorative properties of blue. 

For free advice on how to use the Plascon Colour Combination 2024, or any other Plascon colours, please contact the Plascon Colour Advice team via email:

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