In this eclectic living room, warm-tone charcoal provides the backdrop for different colors, patterns and lines. It gives the room a nice weight and feels a bit more formal than white would. Using cool charcoal as an accent in a lighter gray room is the perfect way to create a focal point. "Light gray walls feel crisp and airy, while darker tones create a sultry, sexy, cozy mood. Charcoal with citrus: The warm gray sets off this bright orange, making it stand out even more. The high-gloss gray cabinets from Ikea set off the white and give this kitchen a nice visual landing place that white cabinets would not provide. This gray is about as achromatic as it comes. The Lava Teak melamine chipboard by Cleaf from Italy and launched by Poggenpohl is both modern and earthy (think Big Sur).
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.
Light wall colors -- creamy ivory, almost white, barely yellow, light caramel -- provide an ideal backdrop against medium-tone cherry bedroom furniture. As the cherry wood ages and darkens, the color contrast between the light walls and dark furniture becomes more striking. Create a focal point by painting an accent wall in sage green. The red tones of the cherry wood and the muted green feature wall visually balance each other nicely because red and green are opposites on the color wheel, making them complementary decorating hues. Layered window treatments add function, style and texture to a bedroom. Install window shades that are woven from natural grasses, wood or reeds with a hint of red to enhance your cherry furniture with an earthy texture. Hang curtains in front of the woven shades to create a layered, stylish appearance. Select white sheers to brighten medium cherry tones with a light, breezy feel or choose silky lined draperies in muted green to heighten the furniture's elegant appeal with luxurious fabric in a complementary hue.
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