Graphite grey is a dark neutral shade that can add sophistication to any space. Perfect as both an accent or the main hue for rooms of various styles, its deep blue undertone makes this cool gray hue versatile in terms of design styles and decor trends.
As opposed to black, which can be perceived as aggressive color, shades of gray promote feelings of stability and equilibrium. One such gray neutral shade that creates such feelings of stability and equilibrium is graphite; its deep shade makes it stand out among its neutral peers, though sometimes mistakingly mistaken as soft black. Ideal for creating dramatic backdrops for furniture or decorative accessories in any room as well as flooring and cabinetry surfaces Graphite also works well for flooring applications and cabinetry materials.
Graphite is an extremely versatile color. It works well with many shades of brown, beige and cream; more vibrant hues such as fuchsia, various purple tones or ruby red can even be added for added impact. As an excellent dining room backdrop color it pairs nicely with meats such as fish while complementing most greens and reds found in food dishes.
Graphite makes an excellent choice for walls in a foyer or entryway, creating a sense of formality and welcome as guests enter your home, as well as being an elegant choice in bedrooms when combined with light-colored furniture and bedding. Furthermore, its reflective surface can also reflect natural lighting well for use in a bathroom or powder room setting.
For a modern design, graphite walls can be combined with brushed metal fixtures and shiny granite countertops to create a striking modern aesthetic. Dark gray can contrast nicely with gold or black hardware or light-colored marble floor tile; matte graphite pairs beautifully with white fixtures and wood accents to produce a contemporary yet sophisticated aesthetic.
Dark gray shades may feel menacing in smaller rooms, yet can serve as an aesthetically pleasing focal point in larger ones with ample sunlight. To avoid an overwhelming graphite space from feeling too stark, mix lighter neutral hues in with it for balance – such as adding white window treatments, ceilings, and trim that brighten it all up! This living room’s example showcases this effect perfectly.
Add an injection of warmth into a cool gray scheme with this living room that features a light brown leather sofa and wood furniture. Graphite walls recede behind the sofa, creating an atmosphere of calm balance in the space. A pop of turquoise in an artwork above the fireplace adds some vibrancy that helps soften its edge.
Graphite can be utilized throughout a home in various forms, from painted wall art to large expanses of wallpaper. It makes an eye-catching color choice for furniture such as this New Jersey carriage house designed by Elaine Santos or sophisticated kitchen cabinets like those featured in Alison Victoria’s Atlanta home; even accent walls like this cozy library in Memphis by Sean Anderson feature graphite as an accent color.