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Color: Black Indigo - how to use and with what to combine

The shade of "black indigo" , which in the original version from Pantone is dramatically called black flame ("black flame"), promises to become one of the most popular in 2018 . We'll figure out how to integrate it profitably into the interior.

Black indigo is a complex hue that combines total black and deep sea blue, but it is neither black nor blue. As a result, we get a very textured color, close to what we call blue-blue.

Emotion of color

Colorists interpret this color as a stable privacy.

The first subtle symbolizes the ultimate tranquility, the antithesis of worldly unrest and chaos; blue - a way to escape from the obsession of society and social networks in modern realities.

Well, as a designer, I see in him a great option not only for the interior background for those who are brave, but also for a catchy accent - for lovers of complex colors and confident contrast.

Strengths - Romantic and Versatile

Someone sees black indigo as a gloomy introvert, but I, like many of my design colleagues, are working with him for more romantic images: a shade of coal in the grill, the color of the asphalt before the summer thunderstorm.

Such a blue can be attributed to the colors-chameleons, changing the tone depending on the lighting. See how differently, but equally good is the color of the black flame on matte and glossy surfaces: glare does not spoil it, as it can happen, for example, with black or gray.

Black indigo still looks decent and expensive.

Where the black and blue color is not the place

I will not deal with cases where a black indigo is used in a minimal amount: in such an incarnation it is quite acceptable in any context. But on large background planes with him it's worth to be more careful.

In small rooms, rooms with one window or narrow windows. Unless you deliberately create a "casket effect".

Pay attention to the interior with the photo: the kitchen is giant by Russian standards and that's why the presence of coal-black does not seem total.

In the dining area. If you believe psychologists, these shades depress the appetite (but all individually).

If it's a lot. Such a complex and accent color can in fact turn a room into a gloomy movie theater, if not to balance it with light antagonists or bright spots.

If you have not thought out artificial lighting. Any dark surfaces "absorb" light and require a carefully worked out light scenario.

If you like light and airy interiors. Then this very dark and deep color will not suit you in large quantities. Although in the process of reading this article you may well fall in love and change your mind.

In what palettes to search

When choosing such a complex and soft color in the palettes of colors, it is not easy to find an identical one. So we focus on the closest possible.

On the collage from left to right:

  1. Little Greene - Lamp Black (228).
  2. PPG Pittsburgh Paints - Black Flame 545-7.
  3. Tikkurila - N439 (Depression).
  4. Tikkurila - Y498 (Midnight).
  5. Farrow & Ball - No. 256, Pitch Black.
  6. Designers Guild - DG155, Poivre Noir

What to paint and what to combine

The color black flame in the interior will definitely acclimatise next to white, emphasize its depth - this is perhaps the classic and the most win-win option.

But let's add more shades and see what happens.

"Noir" walls

The walls are in a shade of "black flame" and a snow-white dome of the ceiling, a lot of light - and you can add anything.

The dark accents in the form of a black grand piano and a table of dark wood are very harmonious here.

And of course, take note of a variety of light pastel colors instead of a single white.


Here the formula is the same: dark walls, white ceiling.

However, juicy "mustard stain", added with the help of a rack and chair, creates a completely different image of space.

Another blue ...

You can add to the walls of blue other shades.

The main thing is to create a balance by diluting the blues with light and brown tones.

... and green

The complex shades of the sea wave and the vegetation will coolly support the black indigo, adding to it an exquisite greenish subtle.

Dark ceiling

If you are not ready to act radically and paint the walls in a black indigo, try applying this accent to the ceiling.

The dark blue "cosmos" above the head combined with the light walls will make the room visually larger, creating an effect of unlimited space.

A winning combination - with shades of brown, especially in the context of the classic interior.

Casket Room

But a good example for the brave: the large window and the illuminated niche of a soft shower of yellow allow this bathroom, completely painted in black indigo, to look beautiful.

For aesthetics, add a chandelier in the spirit of art deco and a bath on the legs.

Children's for the teenager

In the nursery, the black indigo should be used locally and with the addition of another bright color, as in the photo.

The designer and patriotism brings up the red accents, and emphasizes the dark blue, which in large numbers for the nursery would be gloomy, even despite the white walls.

A lot of wood ...

Black indigo is an excellent color for a sofa or an armchair: it makes furniture an interesting and fashionable accessory, but it does not look fanciful or too flashy.

Especially good if you add a tree.

A lot of warm wood!

... and stone

Add to the wooden background stone, brick or metal - our cold blue shade feels comfortable in the industrial atmosphere.

On a white background

On the cabinet furniture, the black flame also looks impressive, especially if the paint is matte.

Add a white, warm gray and a little flare of greens, like a pint of parsley to decorate a dish - and get a perfect kitchen in the spirit of "nothing superfluous."


Curtains of the color of wet ash? - You are welcome!

Especially on the background of the walls in any of the shades of off-white.

Here the designer successfully supplemented the already familiar gamma with yellow accents and a gilded mirror frame.

If you still think that black and blue can bring unnecessary drama to your interior design, use it locally.