A Little Less Color: Charcoal Accents

It's still a color, it's just very subdued. And we're really into it lately, considering all sorts of charcoal-colored accents for the home. These are just a few we have in mind:

The front door: Both inside and out. It's neutral and serious, but not nearly as stodgy as black.

Stair risers: Whether in a print like this henna-inspired design or in a solid, we like the muted quality of gray on this vertical surface (and it won't mar as noticeably as the more traditional white).

Window boxes: In a naturally charcoal-colored material like zinc. These rectangular planters from Crate & Barrel are nice and well-priced.

Walls: This is what started our current charcoal kick.

Cabinets: Dark gray kitchen cabinets look a little bit country and a whole lot sophisticated.

(Images: Better Homes and Gardens, Design Amour, Crate & Barrel, via Apartment Therapy, Don Freeman/Country Living)

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