Room Recipe: Taubmans 2018 Colour of the Year, Black Flame

Like your favourite little black dress, Taubmans says its 2018 Colour of the Year, Black Flame, is unapologetic, yet timeless.

Taubmans has released its 2018 Colour of the Year, Black Flame and it is smoking hot on the heels of the global trends we are seeing in interiors. At once timeless and contemporary, we put it to the HB Room recipe test to see why it’s so versatile.

Taubmans 2018 Colour of the Year | Home Beautiful Magazine Australia
Taubmans 2018 Colour of the Year, Black Flame

Deepest darkest indigo informs the undertones of this moody black colour, lending an adaptability that can be applied to making a statement in a room, or playing nicely with contrasting colours in their simplest forms.

“We are going for a lot more simplicity in interiors meaning not a kaleidoscope of colours but a very simple and sharp palette with black and white being a dominant player,” says Shaynna Blaze for Taubmans 

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“To give a bedroom that right amount of strength and softness is to keep the accents simple and with texture,” Shaynna Blaze for Taubmans


Dark and moody backdrop, Black Flame, Taubmans

Leather detailing, try ‘Duke’ woven bedhead in caramel, MRD Home

Crisp white bedding, try the Abboston range, Sheridan

Soft textures, try ‘Kenza’ flat weave rug, Papaya


1. Begin with this shadowy wall colour and build with monochromatic accents and neutrals in soft furnishings

2. For an elegant, sophisticated look add timbers in dark, enduring tones via key furniture pieces such as bedside tables

3. Layer monochrome and matte black in decorative items – table lamp, artwork

4. Keep accents simple and with texture. Capitalise on the weave and grain of leather and white accessories

“Unique to Australians is our use of the everyday landscape and seascape with the influences from industrial and modern,” Shaynna Blaze

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