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black flame rises as the 2018 colour of the year

Black Flame, PPG‘s 2018 Colour of the Year, is “the new neutral—black infused with an undertone of deepest indigo—evokes the privacy, hope and classic modernism many consumers crave.”

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PPG: Black Flame (PPG1043-7), 2018 Colour of the Year

Black Flame acts like a black curtain, allowing your other décor elements to take centre stage. It’s a fantastic blend of black and navy, two classic hues.

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PPG 2018 Colour of the Year: Black Flame

Black creates the silence we crave in an information-heavy world, while the navy offers possibility and a deep hopefulness.

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PPG 2018 Colour of the Year: Black Flame

The blend of two colours makes it incredibly versatile—use it on a statement wall, with a matte finish on a ceiling, with high gloss on a naturally lit staircase, on cabinets, interior and exterior doors, and in many more places.

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PPG 2018 Colour of the Year: Black Flame

The versatile hue can also provide strength and a modern luxe vibe to spaces with a lot of whites, blush pinks and soft pastels.

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image: Blink Art | artwork: Karen Hale

Black Flame is the anchor colour for the 2018 PPG Global Colour Trends palettes, which encompass four themes aiming to connect and resonate with current consumer mindsets: The Retreater, The Dream Weaver, The Commoner and The Brave.

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PPG 2018 Global Colour Trends: The Retreater (partial palette) | image: mecc interiors inc.

The Retreater theme addresses consumers’ growing need to regularly withdraw from the pressures, chaos and overstimulation that so often come with daily life, and create hygge—a popular Danish concept that embodies all things comforting and cosy. It underscores living well, finding quiet time, making space for one’s self and creating opportunities for calm, balance and peace. Light, airy tones in the palette, such as the PPG Paints brand’s Warmstone, a barely-there blush; Suntan, the perfect nude; Flagstone, a cool grey; and Cuppa Coffee, a warm, wood-like tone, provide subtle hints of colour that can be considered neutrals. These hues offer a welcomed escape from a chaotic world.

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PPG 2018 Global Colour Trends: The Dream Weaver (partial palette) | image: mecc interiors inc.

The Dream Weaver colour collection resonates with consumers who embody a perpetual ability to shine, live a free-spirited lifestyle and find creativity under any circumstance. They are the dreamers who hold the light when others prefer to go dark and retreat, which can be shown by their impossible-to-ignore colour choices. Muted and ethereal brights round out the collection, with PPG Paints brand colours including Lovely Lilac, a dream-like periwinkle; Summer Sunset, a warm coral; Brandy Snaps, a dusty mauve; and Secret Safari, an earthy green.

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PPG 2018 Global Colour Trends: The Commoner (partial palette) | image: mecc interiors inc.

The Commoner colour palette connects to consumers who are attracted to popular minimalist Nordic-inspired designs, which emphasise going back to basics. Consumers relating most to this palette aspire to accumulate less yet experience more, serve as guardians of the environment, and live with a nomadic spirit. The palette offers unassuming, straightforward PPG Paints brand primary colours such as Mountain Lake, a classic navy; Red Gumball, a deep red; and Grassroots, an organic yellow-green.

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PPG 2018 Global Colour Trends: The Brave (partial palette) | image: mecc interiors inc.

The Brave colour story reflects a new design mentality that mimics consumers’ growing yearning for protection, strength and stability to feel safe during uncertain times. The palette evokes feelings of elegance and grandeur, which appeal to consumers’ unwillingness to feel small or disregarded in light of current societal landscapes. The deep, rich colours that make up this substantial palette will be certain to turn heads in any space, including PPG Paints brand colours Charcoal Smoke, a rich forest green; Pinot Noir, a luxurious purple; and Black Elegance, a black with just a hint of grey.

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