Charcoal gray may be neutral but it also makes a statement. It's bolder than it's lighter cousins and more modern than it's neutral buddies, the beiges. It's the little black dress of color, you can dress it up or down. True gray is a mixture of black and white, but I use gray that has a bit of red, blue, or green which is makes it subtly warmer or cooler. Invest in a charcoal sofa or shade of gray drapery and you will have it forever!