The psychological implications of charcoal are considerable.

It creates protective barriers, as it absorbs all the energy coming towards you, and it enshrouds the personality. Positively, it communicates absolute clarity, with no fine nuances, sophistication and uncompromising excellence.

Charcoal is a colour people usually reserve for kitchens and bathrooms, but it has more uses beyond that. While still very neutral, it’s a braver choice than some of its lighter shades. A colour this sophisticated can bring a touch of modernity into any room.

The hue is often used to accentuate, if not enhance, other colours, and is very versatile in that sense. Pair it with muted tones for a classy, relaxed vibe or go wild with bright shades of blue and greens for a more upbeat atmosphere. It works best when paired with an equally strong shade, like mustard or teal.

We love working with DULUX colours due to their wide range of colour choices.

Our favourite Charcoal DULUX range:

DULUX 30BB10/019, DULUX 00NN13/000, DULUX 00NN07/000


This rich, earthy shade of grey can be used in many forms. A matte paint can add a sleek finish to kitchen joinery or an old fireplace, charcoal-hued upholstery paired with blush cushions create a more feminine space and the colour pairs well with any sort of industrial style furniture.

Charcoal is often found in nature, think stones and storm clouds and works well with most natural materials, such as woods and marbles. It can also be used to modernise a room, or to make it more formal (depending on styling). Here at KLD, we use charcoal paint in some of our showrooms to add a cosy, classy feel, and large square tiles in kitchens and bathroom for a modern touch.