Inspired Colour System


The Essential Collection has been specially selected by Plascon’s Colour Professionals. This timeless range includes neutrals, greys and colours, all sure to look as beautiful today as they will in years to come.

Select and combine colours

From this easy-to-use collection and watch your vision come to life.

These colours can only be truly matched using Plascon paint products.

You will find the Plascon Inspired Colour system at a retailer near you. Please make use of the colour swatches to test your colours before buying large quantities of paint. Best option yet is to purchase a 250 ml or 1 litre tester to test the colour on your walls.

Final paint finish may differ slightly due to product sheen, lighting conditions and surface application. For best results, view this chip in the space where the colour will be used or, ideally, try a sample pot of the colour.


Plascon Inspired Colour offers a comprehensive selection of 1470 colours carefully selected and arranged in the following colour families for your convenience:

  • Reds
  • Oranges
  • Yellows and Limes
  • Greens
  • Blues
  • Purple

All 1470 colours can be tinted in any one of Plascon’s leading quality paints:

  • Plascon Double Velvet
  • Plascon Cashmere
  • Plascon Velvaglo
  • Plascon Velvaglo Water-Based
  • Plascon Wall & All
  • Plascon Micatex
  • Plascon Polvin – Walls & Ceilings
  • Plascon Enamel – Doors & Trims


Colour and Light

The appearance of a colour is affected by light and can look different under various lighting conditions. Always check colours under the light conditions where they will be applied.

Paint Coverage

Certain deep, bright reds, oranges and yellows are transparent by nature and may require multiple coats to reach opacity. A primer may be advised in certain cases, your Plascon Retailer will be able to advise you on this.

Colour Terms

  • HUE is the name of the colour family – purple for example
  • VALUE is a colour’s reflectivity as measured on a grey scale from white to black.
  • CHROMA is the intensity or purity of a colour
  • TINT is a colour with white added
  • SHADE is a colour with black added

Pure vs Muted

The colours in the Inspired Colour range are divided into 5 Chroma levels.

  • A – Bright Colours
  • B – Rich Colours
  • C – Calm Colours
  • D – Muted Colours
  • E – Shaded Colours

The Bright, Rich and Calm colours are clean, bright and recommended for indoors. The Muted and Shaded colours are more neutral in nature and can be used for interiors or exteriors.

Light vs Dark

Each Inspired Colour strip has 7 versions of the same colour.

Starting with an intense dark colour to a very light tint of this colour.

Hint: A large painted area often seems to be darker than the colour you see on the chip.

When painting a room try choosing one shade lighter than the one you like on the strip.


Inspired Colour consists of a range of colours that evenly cover colour space. The colour wheel consists of the following:

P – 3 Primary colours

      Red, Blue and Yellow

S – 3 Secondary colours

      Purple, Green and Orange

T – 6 Tertiary colours

      Red-Orange, Yellow-Orange, Blue-Green, Blue-Violet, Red-Violet

The Inspired Colour range has further divided the colour wheel to include the following:

  • 7 Reds varying in hue from Red-Violet to Red-Orange the Reds are numbered R1-R7
  • 7 Oranges varying in hue from Orange-Red O1 to Orange-Yellow O7
  • 7 Yellows varying in hue from Yellow-Orange Y1 to Yellow Green Y7
  • 7 Greens from Green-Yellow G1 to Green-Blue G7
  • 7 Blues from Blue-Green B1 to Blue-Violet B7
  • 7 Purples from Violet-Blue P1 to Violet-Red P7

Finding the Colours

Each Plascon Inspired colour strip has a code. For Example R3-A1-4 The first letter and number refers to the hue so R3 would mean that it refers to the 3rd family of Reds. The second letter and number refers to the degree of muting. In the above example A1 indicates this colour is from the bright, vibrant collection. The last number refers to the lightness and darkness of the colour. The number 4 indicates that this is the 4th colour on this stripe card.


In the above example the first letter and number and second letter i.e. R3-A mean that this is the same stripe card as the first example. The number 2 next to the letter A however means that this colour belongs to the 3 lightest colours on the R3-A stripe card. The last number – 3- indicates that this colour is the 3rd and lightest colour on the stripe card.


Once you have your first colour, create a colour harmony using one of the following schemes:


Create a sophisticated scheme by combining colours in the same colour family, but with different degrees of intensity and darkness.

e.g. First Colour B2-C1-3

Use any colours that belong to the B2 family.


Complementary colours lie opposite to each other on the colour wheel. Used together the colours attract and enhance each other.

  • Red is complementary to Green
  • Blue is complementary to Orange
  • Yellow is complementary to Purple


Related colours refer to the colours on either side of the colour you have chosen.

For paint advice, contact the Plascon Advisory Service 0860 20 40 60, or email, or if you need expert colour advice please email The Plascon Spaces Showroom