11 Popular Charcoal Paint Colors for a Moody Aesthetic

Cracked Pepper by Behr

As Behr's 2024 color of the year is a sophisticated deep charcoal that adds a modern yet timeless edge and is well suited for an overall wall color, built-in shelves, or kitchen cabinets. "It's a versatile soft black that will instantly elevate the room you're in, offering elegance and a distinguished ambience that shifts with light," says Erika Woelfel, Behr's VP of color and creative services.

Rock Bottom by Sherwin-Williams

Rock Bottom is a dramatically deep charcoal paint color that delivers a moody aesthetic. "Suggestive of the color of stones in a riverbed, it is a gorgeous dark green with an ample dose of cool gray," says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. To bring out the dark shade's mossy undertones, pair it with warm whites and neutrals that have a green undertone.

Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore

Choose Kendall Charcoal if you're looking for a 'looks great anywhere' shade of charcoal. Hannah Yeo, Benjamin Moore's color marketing and development manager, calls it a rich, luxurious gray that works for every room in the house. For the best way to incorporate this elegant shade, Yeo says, "Create contrast with brighter hues to bring balance to the otherwise dark, moody room."

Grizzle Gray by HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams

Make a statement in an entryway with Grizzle Gray. "It's a perfect charcoal gray for a multi-purpose space, creating a beautiful backdrop to bring varying color tones and textures together to create a cohesive look", says Ashley Banbury, color marketing manager for HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams. It balances a modern aesthetic with timeless sophistication and looks especially striking next to light wood tones, matte black metals, and warm earth tones.

Almost Charcoal by Valspar

Valspar's Almost Charcoal is a true gray that has weathered the ups and downs of recent gray trends according to Sue Kim, the brand's director of color marketing. "Sitting slightly on the warm side, the color harmonizes well with deeper accent shades that create an immersive and restful space at home", she says.

Black Widow by Glidden

Look to Black Widow by Glidden for a chalkboard gray with a cool, moody undertone. "It's the perfect paint color for an accent wall or all-over color that pairs beautifully with creamy whites," says Ashley McCollum, Glidden's color expert. This shade lends itself well to the modern farmhouse aesthetic, since it pairs well with whites, wood tones, and neutrals.

Hopper Head by Farrow & Ball

For the deepest charcoal with just a subtle note of blue, turn to Hopper Head by Farrow & Ball. If you're looking for the most on-trend charcoal paint color, Patrick O’Donnell, the brand's color consultant and brand ambassador, says this is it. He comments on the tone's deep sophistication and reveals that it surprisingly never feels too cool. "It also makes a great statement for a hallway, which can often be poorly lit," O’Donnell says.

Galeforce by Sherwin-Williams

For a blue-leaning charcoal paint color, opt for Sherwin-Williams' Galeforce. Wadden describes it as "a stormy shade of blue that stands out powerfully and is widely loved for its moody coolness and opulent allure". Part of the brand's 2024 color forecast, you can soften this saturated hue with warm taupes, beiges, and light woods, or keep it cool and crisp with bright white accents.

Temptation by Benjamin Moore

A charcoal paint color such as Benjamin Moore's Temptation is a striking exterior paint pick that instantly boosts curb appeal. "Use Temptation to highlight the architectural details of your home or as an all-around hue for the exterior", Yeo suggests. This dark and moody gray has a splash of blue undertone whose depth Yeo notes helps anchor the house to the landscape for alluring curb appeal.

Poppy Seed by Behr

As Behr's Poppy Seed proves, a deep charcoal hue can add just as much energy to a room as a bright color does. "This is a bold black with a dark blue undertone that builds anticipation and exhilaration—a color that mimics the adventures that lie ahead," Woelfel says. Warm up this cool shade with worn-in leather, brass accents, and plenty of textural layers for a cozy and inviting space.

Mostly Metal by Glidden

Glidden's Mostly Metal is an excellent charcoal paint color for exteriors. McCollum points out that the menacing black has a slight green undertone which complements surrounding greenery of the front yard. Go for a contemporary all-over monochromatic look or pop the cool, dark shade with white exterior trim for a more classic aesthetic.

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