Amazing Neutrals! Have Fun with Beige, Grey, …or maybe Greige?
What is a neutral? Well, it’s a shade or hue without color. Neutrals can include ivory, taupe, black, grey and shades of white. Most neutral shades have undertones of red, yellow, green, or blue, that creates a temperature of warmth or coolness.
Selecting a warm beige tone stimulates the eye, while cool tends to be calming and relaxing. Warm pigments create energy, perfect for work spaces or entertaining (social) spaces. Cool pigments permit the inner sharpness to focus, and soothes the mind. Polishing thoughts and quieting the emotions, cool tones are best in private rooms such as a bedroom, nursery or office.
Grey follows the same rules as beige regarding warm or cool. Undertones vary from red, yellow, blue and green. The advantage of grey is they facilitate accent colors to flash. Simply put, finding inspiration found in nature, mirroring the outdoors with a balance between warm and cool tones, can include white, simple greys and blues. Or, following nature by creating a sanctuary that expresses serenity and calm in a bedroom. The use of multiple shades of warms grays with same warm undertones, and mixing with warm beiges, taupe and ivory. These colors invoke your intellect to ease and calm.
Greige is a hue that is a central meeting position between beige and gray. Some shades of greige are more prevalent than others. All have brown undertones. Whatever room or space it is incorporated, it tends to create a sensation of style and luxury. Whether it is a kitchen, accent wall or bedroom, greige fits in anywhere and is a perfect complement to wood or stone. Greige ensures the mind to relax and beige promises to never get boring on any wall or room. Either way it gives a room an uptick in elegant luxury.
Simple suggestions would be to use different shades of neutral, sharing the same undertones (warm or cool). Intermingle interesting forms, surfaces, and patterns. And don’t forget to bring nature inside for appeal, i.e. wood based lamp or stone accents.