Board #471 | Rough Winds and Darling Buds

I don’t know why, but I’m really digging this dark moody gray right now. It feels like such a perfect neutral for this early part of Spring, the windy, rainy days paired with blossoming trees. I also like the way it has a masculine feel to it that balances the sweet, feminine pink in this inspiration board. What do you think? Do you like this charcoal gray as a neutral, or is it too dark for your taste?

Mood: romantic, moody
Palette: charcoal and slate grays, cherry blossom pink

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Top row from left: Carolina Herrera ballgown from Charleston Weddings, photo of table with bentwood chairs by Jose Villa, gray suit from Brooklyn Tailors via this is not my work
Row 2: charcoal gray invitation by Gryphon Stationers, blossoming branches photo by Gemma Comas
Row 3: chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat, photo of car and oak tree by Jose Villa, flowers by Saipua


  • Mary says:

    I'm definitely a fan. It's a little more austere than I wanted for my own wedding (hence why I opted for delicious earth tones) but it's oh-so-elegant.

  • Zachary and Clare says:

    This board is full of the colours we are using, right down to the little hints of brown!

    We don't get snow during our Winters so these colours are more appropriate (I feel) for WInter rather than the snow/red/evergreen/ice. It's working really well so far, I'll send you a picture after we get married :)

  • Katie Runnels says:

    Oh, me too! I'm going to snip your lovely board for my new house deco inspiration files! thank you!

  • Kaity says:

    I think charcoal gray is perfectly lovely as long as it's paired with something soft and delicate (such as that oh-so-sweet pink).

    Such a lovely inspiration board!

  • Samaria says:

    I love weddings that are a touch masculine, so I'm in love with this board. This reminds me of how DC looks right now, actually. :) It's beautiful.

  • Emom says:

    charcoal grey! LOVE IT! so nice as a balance to the sweet pink…smiles

  • Camille @ Style Notes says:

    Such a lovely and unexpected color combination! Not sure if I'd personally use this for a wedding…but for an engagement party, birthday fete, or intimate dinner party…yes please!

  • Leslie @ everygoodandperfect says:

    I really like this board, even though I'm more of a bright colors kind of girl. I feel like it's really quite unique, and classy. Very fun!

  • Maria says:

    Great inspiration as always. Our wedding is in November, we live in Iceland so fall/winter can be quite dark here. We are going for charcoal grey along with hints of silver, white and deep brown colours. Loads of candels, lace, ribbons and pine cones to match the season.

    Again thank you for a great website – your inspiration travels all the way cross the Atlantic : )

  • Lindley says:

    Yay charcoal gray! I'll be using it in my wedding along with deep orange and hints of brown. Definitely digging the gray!

  • Meredith says:

    I have loved this color scheme ever since eating dinner two years ago at the bar at Freeman's Alley in NYC. It was a March evening: dark, candle-lit, with long pink cherry blossom branches in galvanized buckets on each end of the bar. Throw in the quirky, Victorian-esque taxidermy decor and delicious mac 'n cheese–I would have gotten married right then and there. It was like the romantic library of a nutty professor. A strangely inspiring theme…

  • The Wedding Contessa says:

    Love the flowers and the boots are adorable with the blossoms inside. In a magazine once, I saw tall red boots (like the green ones pictured) sitting on top of the snow with green fir branches sticking out. Boots are great to decorate with for any season on your porch, in your entryway wherever!

  • Risa Torres says:

    I've chosen these exact colors for my wedding. I think they balance each other perfectly.

  • Sarah @ Foglio Press says:

    Yes, Yes, Yes! I Love this color! And I love that some of these images show the complexity of the grey…that sometimes it can show a sort of aged green undertone…it's beautiful! Sophisticated, soft and modern.

  • Dandelion and Grey says:

    The car & oak photo is out of this world! Love the colors and feel to these photos.. just beautiful! xo

  • Michele says:

    I love charcoal gray. Even though it is dark, I like that it grounds the soft, girly pastels that are used like the pink in this particular board. It keeps the wedding from feeling too prissy and too much like a bridal shower. So lovely!

  • Ashley says:

    I love the charcoal. It is actually one of the colors I am using :)
    I am paring it with a lighter gray, white, and a cream to warm it up. Even though it is a dark color I feel it offers a very "clean" look. I wanted a vintage classic look and I feel gray is perfect for the duo. I will have to add some of these to my inspiration board. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jolette says:

    I think it's a wonderful colour combination – something different for a change, and not too pink (in case the groom gets overwhelmed). Love those bentwood chairs and the old car.

  • Katherine says:

    I'm obsessed with gray! I had to content myself with painting only one room gray instead of every last one. There's just something about it…

  • Anonymous says:

    This is what we did for our wedding last year! Turned out great! We used a slightly warmer peachy-pink to keep the whole thing from looking too drab – like a funeral, my mom said. Grey has been, and probably always will be, my fav color. Great board!

  • Tulle and Taffeta says:

    This is so sophisticated and hip! I absolutely love this board. And I love the blooms in boots! What a cute idea!

  • Hannah says:

    I just have to say that I love your inspiration boards. They're so thoughtfully arranged, and this one remains one of my favorites. I'm a fan of the charcoal!

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