Black Flame is the surprisingly versatile new Taubmans 2018 Colour of The Year that’s perfectly paired with whites and tans through to berry tones.

As an Interior Designer, I have to keep up-to-date with new products and ideas. What a chore… not! I love it. So I was very intrigued with Taubmans announcement of its 2018 Colour of The Year – Black Flame. Now, I like vibrant jewel colours as much as anyone, but I am also rather partial to dark and moody interiors where appropriate.

Like Taubmans 2017 Color of The Year, Violent Verbena, Black Flame has chameleon-like qualities. Depending on the light and the surrounding colours, this dramatic colour will look different.

It’s akin to the classic tuxedo or ubiquitous little black dress – it can change with the accessories. It’s timeless, effortless, and intriguingly unapologetic.

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Black Flame looks to be infused with an undertone of the deepest indigo; it’s not a black and it’s not a blue. This means it works in a multitude of environments. It’s the perfect base for textured and aged leathers (such as your classic deep-buttoned chesterfield or a Barcelona chaise).

Paired with tans including blonde and walnut timbers, Black Flame will add contrast. However when used with rose gold and black & white accents, it gives a modern and contemporary feel. Add brass and it becomes more classic with a luxury twist to this new colour trend.

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In the Living Room:

Rather than using your wall-mounted flat screen to be the focal point, paint the wall behind the television Black Flame and watch the TV ‘disappear’ when switched off. This gives the room’s other styling a chance to shine. I always ask my clients, do you really want the flat-screen to be the focus? Try Hunting for George and Interior Secrets for cool and unqiue furnishings.

In the Bedroom:

With the right amount of strength and softness, simple accents, and a mix of textures that have a weave and grain to them, Black Flame could be a bedroom hit. Using it as the main wall colour highlights the softness of fabrics and shows variances and depths of moody colour. Try Temple and Webster or Canningvale for beautiful bedlinen and accessories.

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Taubmans BLACK FLAME BEDROOM, styling by Jackie Brown, photo by Tim Robinson

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Black Flame Styling:

Artworks with wide, white frames give a classic look to Black Flame creating a strong presence in any space. Tone down the feel with floor or table lamps with transparent or linen shades to add earthiness. Try Zanui or GoLights for fabulous lighting.

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Experiment with Dark Tones:

To ensure dark tones don’t over-power a room, keep window and door trims white. Dark colours work well if views are of garden greenery and when accents are kept light.

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Plays Nice With Other Colours

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