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Greige is the new hot colour for your home – here's how to follow the trend

Neither beige nor gray – it is ‘greige’. And you may have noticed that the color adorns walls, floors and furniture this year.

The combination of warmth and elegance offered by the tone can create a calming yet dynamic space and is now a neutral choice.

The key is to use it as an anchoring palette — a springboard for other, more confident colors within your scheme.

Bold neutral: a bathroom painted in greige shades from Little Greene.  Greige can ground a room and counter potential showiness

Bold neutral: a bathroom painted in greige shades from Little Greene. Greige can ground a room and counter potential showiness

“Greige is often used as a safe color, layered with other neutrals, but I like to use it to provide balance,” says interior designer Rachel Niddrie.

“Try it as a wallpaper or woven in a scheme to show off bold textures, patterns and colors – on vibrant rugs, artwork and accessories.”

In combination with contrasting materials, greige can ground a room and counteract potential ostentatiousness.

“It works beautifully with dusky pink, as well as royal blue, teal, lime green, and navy blue,” says Rachel.

‘One of my favorite fabrics is No. 9 Thompson’s Ninfea Mania in Blush of Royal. With painterly lilies on a loose weave, it can be used for curtains, sofas and chairs. The Blush has a greenish-grey pattern and a pearly oyster background that contrasts perfectly with greige.”

Add Glamor

The shade is also versatile and offers several decorative directions. “Monochrome accents add eye-catching detail, while metallic accessories introduce understated glamor and bring warmth to the overall look,” said Amanda Huber, founder of The Dining Chair Co.

‘If you’re more daring, why not complement a neutral background with pretty printed linen upholstery on sofas or dining room chairs? You can take accent colors from the print and introduce them elsewhere to add energy to the scheme.”

Getting just the right shade of greige requires a deliberate eye.

“As with any neutral or white, whether it’s warm or cool depends on the underlying hints of warm pink or cool blue,” said Justyna Korczynska, senior designer at Crown. “Reds elsewhere in your scheme can be complemented with a warm gray-beige, while cooler blues, deep grays and greens work with a cooler gray.”

Also, the light in the UK can appear flat, which affects our perception of color.

“Natural light can be limited in homes, making us long for something warmer than a simple gray,” says Benjamin Moore’s Helen Shaw. “Our Revere-Pewter (HC-172) is a classic warm gray that coordinates with more natural grays like steel, concrete, glass, pebbles, driftwood – even cloudy skies.”

There are many ways to make this classic tone contemporary. “One of my best tips is to pair greige with raw plaster walls,” says Omar Bhatti of Space Shack. ‘This creates a beautiful combination of soft color and contrasting texture, which adds character.’

mix it up

“Don’t be afraid to mix materials,” says Collection Noir’s Samantha Wilson. “Wood looks beautiful in combination with limed walls, occasional metal details, soft linen and textured ceramics.”

All of these elements are a softly modern way to craft a classic greige. Keep in mind that some of the most beautifully balanced and welcoming interiors are based on a subtle palette of beige and gray tones.

Texture: Ginger armchairs from Sofa.com in champagne luxury boucle cost £1,045

Texture: Ginger armchairs from Sofa.com in champagne luxury boucle cost £1,045

Texture: Ginger armchairs from Sofa.com in champagne luxury boucle cost £1,045

“The key is to layer and remember that ‘neutral’ goes way beyond creams and sandy tones,” advises the King Living design studio. “It also includes olive, earth tones, red-based tones and deeper browns – all of which work together with a beige-grey base to create a timeless scheme.”

Avoid a flat finish, opt for an unexpected texture instead. Try sofa.com’s Ginger armchairs in Champagne luxe boucle (pictured), £1,045.

Pooky’s Empire gathered lampshades in cotton Flashman print, £56, add elegance.

Bring greige walls to life with Mardi Gras 576 Estrella Vinyl from Carpetright. The encaustic tile-like floor works beautifully in otherwise neutral utility rooms.

A graphic rug like H&M Home’s Patterned Pile rug, £149.99 will also spice up a greige sitting room.

Calming atmosphere

The desire for warm, zen-like spaces is growing, making greige both a lifestyle and design choice.

Omar Bhatti painted his apartment in Little Greene’s Mushroom. “I used it on walls, doors, architraves and baseboards and combined it with deep blue kitchen cabinets,” he says. “It’s very soothing.”

Combined with natural fibres, wood and earthy colours, it creates a sense of balance and understated luxury.

“The look is easy to achieve,” says Samantha Wilson. “Whether you’re accessorizing with woven planters or linen cushions, throws, tablecloths or burlap and flat-woven rugs.”

Versatility is key here – it works just as well with earth tones as it does jewel tones, but it always contributes to a timeless, cocooning interior. Exactly what many of us crave.

Savings of the Week! skewed mirror

Light on the wallet: Dunelm offers the Moroccan mirror for £105

Light on the wallet: Dunelm offers the Moroccan mirror for £105

Light on the wallet: Dunelm offers the Moroccan mirror for £105

A long, skewed mirror has a number of important advantages. It makes any room look bigger, optimizes the light and requires no DIY skills: you just put it against the wall. Do this gently and you will look slimmer and slimmer.

Making a bargain will increase your sense of well-being. At Dunelm, there are styles to suit every decor, reduced by 30 percent, including the gilded Midi (£42), the Moroccan (£105), and the Apartment (£91), which has a loft-living vibe.

The Range also has a wide selection, such as the Regency which has been reduced in price by 20 per cent to £87.99; the ornate gilt frame is very Bridgerton.

Cotswold Company offers a curved mirror in a moody black frame, from £179 to £149.

Rose & Gray have a large black Art Deco mirror, reduced from £595 to £505.75, which would look good in a 1930s home, and a black check mirror that now costs £191.25, less over £225 which can be used in the garden.

Anne Ashworth

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