Article by Anita B Anita Bloom is the Creative Director for Decorex Africa
Your home is your sanctuary – it sets the mood we begin the day with and the tone of the welcome we return too. Our lives are busy and so driven by technology on a daily basis and this changes the way we think and feel. Our identities are constantly shifting and evolving and its sometimes difficult to keep track of who we are and what we like. Our home is different – this is the place we can be ourselves and re-centre ourselves. Colour reflects the things that bring us happiness. So when it comes to designing your own personal space colour can be a defining and expressive element. Building confidence in colour begins by painting a small space and experiencing the aesthetic and ambience created. The colours for 2020 are inspired by nature and our desire to reconnect with nature on a constant basis. There is no doubt that botanical colours will be the favourite for the seasons to come.
Internationally, purple is a colour for symbolizing women. Historically, the combination of purple, green and white to symbolize women’s equality originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union in the U.K. in 1908. Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolizes hope. White represents purity but is no longer used due to ‘purity’ being a controversial concept. The introduction of the colour yellow representing a ‘new dawn’ is commonly used to signify a second wave of feminism. Thus, purple with green represents traditional feminism, purple with yellow represents progressive contemporary feminism.
Wine & Bubbly Bar furnished by Homewood (Olympic Paints colours: Berry Blaze)
Every South African will tell you about our fantastic weather in summer. Warm sunny days, thunderstorms in the afternoons and clear starry skies at night. What they forget to mention is our bitterly cold winters with snow in some parts, icy cold winds that cut through everything and even miserable rain in the Western Provinces.
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.