Charcoal, this darker neutral is one of the most versatile of the bunch. Pair is with other easy foundation tones or any shade of pastel. The most modern neutral, charcoal gray looks great in dining rooms, living rooms and even nurseries. Here's how to use it best. Charcoal gray may be a neutral, but it's also a statement. It's bolder than its lighter brethren; more modern than its neutral cousins, the beiges; and less dramatic than black. True gray (or achromatic gray) is a mixture of black and white. It has equal values of red, green and blue (RGB), and thus no hue. Off-grays — what we most often use in decorating — have very subtle but important differences in the values of red, green and blue. Cool grays are noticeably blue, green or violet. Warm grays are noticeably pinkish or brown and may have yellow tones.
Paint walls lavender-gray and install low bedside tables in high-gloss white, black or wood. Hang large abstract canvases in shades of purple and lavender as the focal point in the room. Add a silver-gray rug or carpet. Embellish the room with groupings of two or three metallic accessories or one large sculpture. Enhance the art by focusing light directly on it. Add two rectangular accent pillows for clean, straight lines. Use furniture with straight lines and keep clutter to a minimum in this space. If we look back, we'll see that purple is the color of royalty. Cleopatra's favorite color was purple and numerous other personalities fancies this shade. Purple has remained very popular and nowadays it's one of the first choices in interior design.
Muted warm pinks are often called rose. This understated color is often seen in historical and traditional spaces, and it is a mainstay in the Victorian color palette. This color is pretty much synonymous with coral, but apricot tends to be earthier and more muted. In specifying the paint colors for this space, I took clues directly from my client's artwork. A mid-tone apricot worked perfectly for the walls, while a lighter pink coral highlighted the tray ceiling. This color leans more towards the orange side of coral, but you can still see its slightly reddish undertones. It's a soft, mid-tone color that is reminiscent of the many rusty-orange hues of autumn. This color can be best described as a vivid, fruity orange. It has strong red undertones, and it makes an amazing and unforgettable accent color.
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