The much anticipated Plascon colour forecast for 2013 is upon us and this year the focus is on Balance. Prompted by the chaos of a constantly changing world 2013’s colours aim to bring calm and stability through four key colour themes. Headed up by Plascon’s colour manager Anne Roselt, the annual forecast takes its cue from current trends across the globe. The current selection called for a panel of experts including Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute and local style authorities Laurence Brick, Cathy O’ Cleary, Jodi Robertson and Themba Mngomezulu. Four key themes form the core of Balance: Simplicity: the focus here is on a peace, optimism and nature with serene light white hues, sparkly metallics and deep greens. Contrast: think contemplative blues and greys which impart a notion of being centred, while pops of energetic pink and yellow up the ante bringing balance through contrast. Pause: drawing on an awareness of the here and now and the necessity to think of one’s own needs, shades lean toward light and feminine tones, nostalgic yet contemporary. Dare: the more vibrant of the themes, calling on energy and motivation for inspiration. The result is a collection of shades that aims to lift the spirits. Don’t miss the launch of the 2013 Plascon Colour Forecast at Decorex, Jozi on 8 August from the Plascon stand. Leatrice Eiseman will also be speaking at Design Dialogues Jozi on 10 August. Visit the Decorex website for details and bookings. Text: Mila Crewe-Brown An interior design graduate and writer with an insatiable passion for design, decor and travel, Mila Crewe-Brown cut her teeth working at Condénast House & Garden magazine before embarking on a year and a half journey across three continents. Now back and freelancing in Johannesburg she dedicates her time to writing copy for various interior and lifestyle publications. Visit her blog idreamofdesign.