Grays have always been a favorite for exteriors, over the past several years gray has become very popular in interior design as well. From Light grays to dark grays and everything in-between, grays has been used across the gambit. I have used grays a good bit over the past couple of years in projects and I must say the gray that gives the most bang for the buck is charcoal gray. I’m in love with charcoal gray. It offers a softer contrast than black, but like black it serves as a neutral and plays well with many color combinations.
Recently, when Traci Zeller and I designed Hamp Adam’s Gentleman’s Dressing Room in the Traditional HomeAdamsleigh Show House, we chose “Stout” by C2 Paints. C2 Paints graciously served as sponsors for the show house. We had the option of using their paint which was donated or buying our own. Naturally, when doing a show house, you opt for any sponsored products, even if you aren’t familiar with the line. When the paint arrived it was a tad bit bluer, than we had anticipated, but since there wasn’t a C2 distributer locally, we only had the small chip on the fan deck to rely on so the color wasn’t exactly what we wanted. Boy were we kicking ourselves, when we realized that several of the other designers, had chosen paint colors from familiar lines and simply had C2 reformulate in their product line. Oh well, live and learn. All’s well that ends well though, right? We corrected our issue by having the local paint store add more black to the “stout” color and achieved the perfect charcoal color we needed for our room. I must say that C2 Paint is really great paint! It goes on smoothly and covers well. So favorite charcoal #1 is C2 Paint. Just remember you may have to add a little black to if it looks a little bluer than you want. In many applications the blue undertone can be nice.
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