Palette is dark and hand­some

A state­ment black gives an in­te­rior a sharp edge, adding so­phis­ti­ca­tion with a sense of in­trigue

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Black is back. Paint man­u­fac­turer Taub­mans pre­dicts the dark­est of hues will be pop­u­lar this spring, as con­trast­ing colours take over in­te­rior colour pal­ettes.

The com­pany named its Black Flame as the 2018 Colour of the Year, sug­gest­ing that sim­ple, sharp colours would dom­i­nate next year.

De­scribed as a state­ment-mak­ing black in­fused with an un­der­tone of the deep­est indigo, the shade was “unashamedly chameleon-like”, ac­cord­ing to Taub­mans.

“We have been liv­ing in a world of sharp greys and bright whites but there is a new trend to­wards warming grey tones, so our ac­cents will start hav­ing a warmer palette,” Taub­mans brand am­bas­sador Shaynna Blaze, and The

Block judge, said. “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.”

Blaze sug­gested us­ing Black Flame on the wall and al­low­ing the TV to “dis­ap­pear” when switched off.

In the bed­room, she said Black Flame should be used as a fea­ture colour and com­bined with a mix of tex­tures.

“To en­sure these darker shades don’t over­power, I rec­om­mend plac­ing around a win­dow or door that looks out into green­ery,” she said. “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.”

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