I live in a small studio apartment with a huge area rug designed like a colorful Matisse painting, which dominates my room. My bedding is charcoal gray and I've recently purchased CB2's "Standard Sofa" in the same charcoal shade.
I'm wondering if the gray works well as a neutral to match the abundance of color in the rug or it clashes or looks too dark. I didn't want to go with another white sofa because it got so filthy!
We think charcoal is a perfect neutral, and that as time goes on (we're thinking about cleaning), it will make you much happier than white. And your red accent table works great with the rug and gray bedding. One idea to brighten up your studio: change your curtains to something lighter...and stick with charcoal for your bedding and sofa!
Any other thoughts??