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Olympic's 2018 Colour of the Year

The Beauty of Black Magic

This coming year, envelop your home in a colour that embodies glamour and strength: Black Magic, the Olympic® 2018 Color of the Year. A statement piece for your walls, this colour is a classic that neighbors and guests won’t soon forget.

Why Black Magic?

“In past years, consumers have gravitated toward open, airy spaces that are thought to leave room for exposure,” said Dee Schlotter, PPG senior colour marketing manager, Olympic paint. “However, in the current day, consumers often feel uneasy, restless or like their privacy is being invaded, so they crave deep, comforting colours that offer a welcomed escape from the chaos of daily life. Olympic paint’s Black Magic perfectly satisfies consumers’ desire for privacy.”

An oft-misunderstood neutral, Black Magic offers the perfect juxtaposition against trending grays, such as Olympic paint colours Flagstone and Fog; soft, blush pinks such as Flamingo Peach; or warm whites such as China White. The color’s substantial nature brings an airy and soft space down to Earth, and it highlights a perfect mix of masculine and feminine.

Used on a home’s exterior window trim, Black Magic can create a picture-frame effect to showcase your home. The deep hue also flawlessly complements wooden and distressed-wood home elements. Consumers can seamlessly pair Black Magic with wooden structures such as decks, patios or pergolas, using Black Oak semi-transparent and Wenge semi-solid colours of Olympic stain. To extend the indoor living space to the outdoors, use Olympic stain in semi-solid Cinder color, a dark and weathered gray, or in solid-color Ebony, a black-blue stain.

The Selection Process

The Olympic paint brand’s 2018 Color of the Year was chosen by global PPG colour experts, who analyze societal trends, current events, runway styles and more to determine the hottest colours for the upcoming year.

Reflective of intellect, independence and timeless sophistication, black paint can be integrated easily into existing décor. To try Black Magic or any of the more than 1,000 Olympic paint colours on your walls, use our new online virtual room painter tool before visiting a Lowe's® store or lifting a brush. The new tool offers advanced technology to help consumers test any colour in images of their own spaces, browse designer colour collections, and more.

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