01 of 05
Reason 1: Charcoal Sofas
Why Charcoal is the Best Neutral Color
The top reason to decorate with charcoal gray is that it's a sophisticated alternative to black and a dramatic alternative to other neutrals. As an alternative to black, charcoal can be used in any color scheme in place of it. Some charcoal grays appear to be completely neutral but can have hints of brown or green as an undertone. The best way to ensure that your charcoal color is free of a potentially clashing undertone is to hold it next to a pure... black color. The most versatile charcoal is free of noticeable undertones. If you'd like even more flexibility with your charcoal furniture, choose a textured upholstery fabric, like tweed. The variations of color and light give the illusion of many different shades of color, making a slight mismatch unnoticeable.
Reason #1 A Contemporary Charcoal Sofa is Always in Style
One of the best ways to jump into charcoal gray is with a gorgeous sofa. The visual weight of charcoal is the perfect match for a tailored sofa. Mid-Century Modern inspired sofas are especially well-suited for charcoal gray, with a nod back to the menswear of that era.
Room & Board's Andre Sofa in Total Charcoal is a stunning example of how charcoal should be used on a sofa. The clean lines and appealing charcoal fabric, make this sofa the #1 reason to love charcoal decor. If you're not ready for a new sofa, charcoal accent chairs can easily refresh your living room style.
Room & Board: Andre Sofa in Total CharcoalContinue to 2 of 5 below.
02 of 05
Reason 2: Charcoal Wallpaper
Reason #2 Charcoal Gray Wallpaper Creates Instant Drama
Wallpaper has been back in vogue for a few years, and stylish new offerings are appearing every day. The wallpaper trend at first was a little timid, with delicate brocade designs, which were lovely, but almost apologetic as if they weren't sure they were welcome in your home yet. As the wallpaper trend took off, the patterns and designs became bolder and brighter, and even darker.
This is why the Paradise Charcoal Wallpaper by... Llewelyn-Bowen earns a spot on the list of favorite charcoal decor. The tone on tone design of this swanky wallpaper can bring charcoal onto your walls, even as just an accent wall.
Graham Brown: Paradise Charcoal WallPaper by Llewelyn-BowenContinue to 3 of 5 below.
03 of 05
Reason 3: Charcoal Curtains
Reason #3 Say Yes to Dressing Your Windows in Elegant Charcoal Gray
I am so happy that dressing our windows is back in style. Blinds and shutters serve their purposes, but a room does not look complete without beautiful windows dressing. The padded valances and ruffled swags are gone, but flowing draperies in sumptuous color and texture are here.
Restoration Hardware's Belgian Textured Linen Drapes have a deliciously weighty presence due to their texture, and can anchor even the most... insignificant windows to transform them into a grand statement. Using a natural fabric with a bold or deep color is a brilliant way to keep your space from feeling too formal.
Restoration Hardware: Belgian Textured Linen Charcoal DrapesContinue to 4 of 5 below.
04 of 05
Reason 4: Charcoal Paint
Reason #4 Charcoal Gray Paint is So Versatile
How can you use a deep charcoal paint? Try it as an accent wall, use it on a bookcase or cabinet, or for a dramatic powder room. Dark colors like charcoal gray can be surprisingly versatile if you manage your lighting in the room effectively.
Benjamin Moore's Kendal Charcoal is one of the most popular gray paint colors on the market today. This is a rich charcoal gray, with a hint of warmth, making it a good match with woodwork and off white trim.
B...enjamin Moore: Kendal Charcoal HC-166Continue to 5 of 5 below.
05 of 05
Reason 5: Charcoal Bedding
Reason #5 Dressing Your Bed in Charcoal Gray
Bedding can be a difficult choice as it's easy to tire of prints and fussy patterns. Charcoal bedding can feel a bit masculine at first glance, but the secret is in the fabric you choose. A luxurious satin or velvet fabric can soften the serious nature of charcoal bedding.
The Brooklyn Quilted Bedding from Z Gallerie, is a rich charcoal color appearing in a textured velvet that makes it sweet and appealing. Charcoal bedding can be the focal point... for a master bedroom, or guest room, giving you unlimited accent color opportunities.
Z Gallerie: Brooklyn Quilted Bedding