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


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.

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How To Use Black Flame

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


Black Flame Main Wall Color

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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.


Black Flame Accent Wall Color

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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.


Black Flame Front Door Color

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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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