Color of the Year Series Part 4: Black Flame by PPG

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Black Flame by PPG (PPG1043-7)

"Black Flame acts like a black curtain, allowing your other decor elements to take center stage.  It's a fantastic blend of black and navy, two classic hues.  Blacks creates the silence we crave in an information-heavy world, while navy offers possibility and a deep hopefulness.  The blend of two colors makes it incredibly versatile."

*Source: PPG Industries, Inc

 

Color Theory

Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, and mystery.  Black is a mysterious color associated with fear and the unknown (black holes). It usually has a negative connotation (blacklist, black humor, 'black death'). Black also denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious color (black tie, black Mercedes). In heraldry, black is the symbol of grief.

Dark blue is associated with depth, expertise, and stability; it is a preferred color for corporate America.  Dark blue also represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness and is linked to consciousness and intellect.

*Source: Color Wheel Pro

How To Use Black Flame

Black Flame is a strong statement of boldness and depth that both defies convention and remains a timeless classic.

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Black Flame Main Wall Color

*Source: PPG Industries, Inc

Black Flame provides a striking backdrop that brings trim, millwork, and furnishings into stark relief.  You can balance the moody depth with clean, crisp architectural details and light, bright foundation pieces.

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Black Flame Accent Wall Color

*Source: The Creativity Exchange

As an accent wall color, Black Flame calls attention to the special features of a space such as the graceful slope of a ceiling or the use of interesting materials like shiplap.  Note how the ambient light temperature changes the personality of Black Flame.

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Black Flame Front Door Color

*Source: PPG Industries, Inc

Black Flame is a classic front door choice that upgrades even the most humble of entryways.  It imparts a sense of elegance to a space much like the quintessential "Little Black Dress" does for the woman wearing it.

Final Thoughts...

Black Flame used in small, measured doses delivers formal gravitas to a space.  Used with bold generosity, Black Flame is an audacious take on a classic that stops just short of rebellious.

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