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Steel Wool by General Paint

Deep charcoal still dominates in the coming year.

Not quite pure black, this luxurious dark grey is sure to make a strong statement in any room. For a bold look, cover a well-lit room from floor to ceiling, including all trim. Cupboards or accent furniture are the way to go if you want a less dramatic look. Try it in a flat finish where it will read as charcoal, or in a high-gloss on accent furniture for a darker look. Our design editor, Joel Bray, used this colour in his home's entrance to create a strong impact in a small space.

To see all 15 of our editors' paint picks for 2011, see our photo gallery.

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