But when it hits the big box decor stores, that’s when you know. Its truly and officially back!
Beige is back
While Tricia, my Director of eDesign and I, were shopping and decorating all of Edmonton together last week, we visited several HomeSense locations across the city and the beige theme was consistent throughout.
It’s officially clear. Beige is here, grey is only a side player.
How to warm up your colour palette with beige
But don’t panic if you still have lots of grey finishes and furnishings in your home. For one thing, pale greys and greiges will ALWAYS have a place in timeless decor. As I’ve said before, it’s only the overuse of grey and charcoal that is looking dated.
I say this again because many of you have asked whether marble and marble look quartz with its grey and greige veining for example is dated now. NO, absolutely not. They will always be timeless. Much more timeless than some of the trending over the top stone patterns in earthy red tones and black for sure!
But if you DO think maybe you’ve gone a tad overboard with grey (or with black and white) BEIGE is probably going to be your friend.
One solution we’ve been offering to eDesign clients with too much grey, especially with grey floors plus grey furniture, is to paint the walls a warm complex cream and add some beige toned pieces and textures to the space.
What everyone should know about Orange Beige (and Caramel)
And one of the most popular beige undertones right now is ORANGE BEIGE. Let’s call it the trendiest new neutral!
Technically, the deepest orange beiges are in the realm of caramel and cognac. Terracotta, it’s slightly more saturated cousin is also trending.
Caramel walls by Suzanne Kasler
But we’re also seeing a lot of Orange Beige Complex Creams and pale to medium toned caramels.
And truly, in an otherwise desaturated room, a mid to deep range Orange Beige acts like an accent colour to warm everything up. Just make sure you have the undertone right. And that you repeat the beige, just like you would an accent colour using my Colour Balancing Method™. You can learn this method here for FREE!
Orange Beige is sometimes hard to identify.
If you pair it with pink beige elements like linen for example, it can pull too yellow.
But if you want a cream look that is on the golden side but won’t go green or sour, look at the Orange Beiges.
Really orange is the ultimate warm colour. And warmth is frankly what many too stark and cool rooms need right now.
If your white or grey room needs warming up. try layering in more wood tones and beige.
Caramel leather, wood tones and warm gold warm up a grey room by DB Arquitetos
But a word of caution: if your room is heavy in charcoal or black, introducing orange beige will only look HOT and stuffy. These toasty tones are best balanced with lots of white or cream.
This applies to both interior and exterior.
And in the context of many shades of grey, especially Violet Grey, Orange Beige can look too yellow. So learning how to identify and coordinate your undertones is more important than ever with beige looming large on the scene!
It’s not too late to sign up for my Expert Colour and Design Training this fall! You’ll learn your way around all the Neutral Undertones to be ahead of the curve now that beige is back! Plus you’ll learn all about decorating with colour, working with a timeless aesthetic, the best decorating and styling tips and more!
Time is running out to join me IN MY HOME for a one of a kind colour training event! You must register by September 29, 2023!