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Taubmans announces its 2018 Colour of the Year - Black Flame

Coveted, unapologetic yet effortlessly timeless - just like a little black dress.

Taubmans is predicting a trend for simpler interiors starting this spring and continuing into 2018 - instead of a kaleidoscope of colours, simple and sharp palettes with contrasting blacks and whites will dominate.

A perfect example of an on-trend shade is Taubmans 2018 Colour of the Year, Black Flame.

A statement-making black, infused with an undertone of the deepest indigo to create an unashamedly chameleon-like colour, a trend which Taubmans is noticing develop as consumers become more colour-confident.

As evocative as its name, Black Flame embodies the spirit of a tailored tuxedo or a little black dress; dressed-up, coveted, unapologetic yet effortlessly timeless.

Black Flame is the perfect base for textured and aged leathers, paired with tans to create a rich look that works in a multitude of environments.

Using Black Flame with blonde and walnut timbers will add contrast, whereas rose gold and black and white accents will give a contemporary feel.

For those wanting a more classic take, match Black Flame with hints of brass for a more luxurious representation of the trend.

It’s also a natural evolution from 2017 Colour of the Year, Taubmans Violet Verbena - a progression into the darker monotones trending now.

Here, Taubmans brand ambassador Shaynna Blaze talks about painting and decorating with trending darks such as Black Flame.

Tapping into current colour trends

We have been living in the world of sharp greys and bright whites, but there is a new trend towards warming grey tones so that our accents will start having a warmer palette. Black Flame is the perfect base for this new trend as it has a slight blue/black character creating an elegant platform for the new tan paint colours, leather and timbers in deep oak and walnut that we’re seeing filter through.

Colour palettes that work with Black Flame

Black Flame is so versatile that it can work with the strong crisp whites and greys of the now, like Taubmans Platinum Grey, Scarborough Fair and Opulence; just as well as with the new trends towards a warmer palette, using colours such as Taubmans Gold Chateau, Classified and Iron Age.

Using Black Flame in your living room

Rather than using the TV as the focal point, use Black Flame on the wall behind to allow the TV to ‘disappear’ when switched off, giving the room’s other styling the chance to shine through.

Using Black Flame in bedrooms

To give a bedroom the right amount of strength and softness, keep the accents simple and use a mix of textures, such as the leather and white accessories in this room, which have a beautiful weave and grain to them. Using Black Flame as the main wall colour, highlights the softness of the fabrics and really focuses on the depth and variations within Black Flame.

Furnish and styling of Black Flame

Artworks with wide, white frames give a classic look to Black Flame and create a very strong presence in any space. For a more toned-down feel, integrate colour using fabric hangings and floor or table lamps with linen or transparent shades to add a level of texture and earthiness.

Advice for experimenting with darker tones

To ensure these darker shades don’t over power, I recommend placing around a window or door that looks out into greenery. Highlight the timber frames in a white to make a feature out of the garden space. By adding lighter accents, this should encourage more experimentation throughout the rest of your home!

For further inspiration on paint and colour from Taubmans and Shaynna Blaze, visit the Taubmans website or Facebook.

This article is brought to you by Taubmans.

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