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March's moody grey: Paris Paving

Feb 29, 2016


The colour of the month for March is a moody grey from Plascon's Essential Collection called Paris Paving (EC 53).

Sophisticated, sleek and contemporary, this grey has been gaining a lot of momentum and can be used in almost every room of the home, as well as for exteriors.

How to incorporate Paris Paving in your home

Paris Paving is cool and solid, so create and interest and mood by bringing in some lighter accents. White is the natural choice to add light and really shows off the grey. Lighter shades of grey and white in different textures also add to the mood and metallics will add glamour.

One of my favourite combinations at the moment is grey, white and inky blue. This blue-velvet couch (in the picture above) is just perfection.

March's moody grey: Paris Paving Image source: Ultralinx


Use Paris Paving as a feature wall in a bedroom. Soften the look by adding dove grey and white accessories. Linen and light wood will add some warmth.


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Create a wonderful mood in a bedroom by painting a cloud-like effect on the wall. Here's how:

  1. First, paint the wall with Double Velvet in White to create depth. Double Velvet is a non-porous paint and will not absorb the grey glaze as quickly as some chalkier paints will.
  2. Mix two glazes of around 1 litre each. You could use one part Double Velvet in Paris Paving and one part acrylic scumble glaze and half a part water. Scumble glaze will give the paint transparency so that the base colour will shine through and also slows down the drying process so you have time to blend the paint.
  3. Add more or less scumble glaze to make the paint more or less transparent. For the lightest areas, mix some white paint with the grey.
  4. Use a brush to lay on the paint, working from the top using the lightest glaze, and soften with a cloth to create the cloud effect. Work quickly so the paint remains wet and moveable.
  5. Be sure to finish the whole wall once you’ve started, so mix enough glaze to finish the wall. Get a friend to help you if you can. One person can lay on the glaze and keep a wet edge and one can blend using a cloth.



Contemporary grey-and-white kitchens are very much on trend right now. Image source:


Give a cupboard a new look with Plascon Water-Based Velvaglo in Paris Paving, which requires no undercoat. Image source:

On the outside

Paris Paving also looks great on exteriors and can be tinted in either Micatex or Wall & All. Once again, be sure to add contrast with lighter colours. The warm wood tones give this home a much warmer and friendlier feel than if it was painted all grey.


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Create a contemporary entrance to your home by painting your front door. Notice the white trim that frames the door and the green plants that tone down this look. Image source:

TEXT: Anne Roselt, Plascon Colour Manager

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