Back to Beige – The New Neutral

 

After over a decade of grey dominating our homes and interiors as the neutral of choice, it’s so refreshing to see a move away from these cooler tones and a return to warmer neutrals. With an ever increasing interest in sustainable and ethical design and materials, it’s no surprise as these shades of stone, clay and bisque work as a perfect backdrop for natural materials.

It all started when Dulux announced their colour of 2019 “Spiced Honey” a warm caramel tone, to somewhat mixed reactions. I know when I did a poll, on my instagram stories, asking what my followers thought of the colour, the immediate response was a thumbs down. But after Joa Studholme, colour consultant for Farrow and Ball, revealed the nine new shades from the paint company back in September 2018, with not a grey in sight and predicted we would “be moving away from grey” it appears that we have been convinced? Beige, it appears is anything but boring.

In fact what at first to be a rather bland choice, looks fresh and contemporary when mixed with crisp whites and darker accents of black and navy to anchor it and by adding layers of texture such as rattan, cork and wood the whole scheme suddenly looks very appealing. These shades are versatile and work equally well with a traditional or contemporary interior.

Image from The Poster Club

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Michelle Ogundehin, former Editor in Chief of Elle Decoration, has renamed the introduction of these softer colours, used together with natural textures, as “soft Scandi” and it is certainly a warmer, more homely and perhaps more versatile take on the stark white and monochrome palettes we’ve become familiar with as the Scandi look.

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I’ve definitely been won over by the warmer tones and am thinking of using this palette in our bedroom, with added texture to the walls perhaps in the form of cladding or a textured chalk or lime paint finish and have been busily pinning and saving shots from Instagram for inspiration.

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I’ve put together a mood board of some of the High Street buys and lovely hand made products from smaller independents that would pull this look together.

  1. Throw – HK Living
  2.  Noah Cushion – Ren London 
  3. Table Lamp – Nove Lighting
  4. Washed Linen bedding – H&M
  5. Palm leaf Wall Hanging – Rose & Grey
  6. Wall Art – The Poster Club
  7. Woven Chair – Also Home
  8. Brown Star Tiles – Porcelain Super Store
  9. Rug – Zara Home
  10. Pottery – Hannah Bould

What are your thoughts on the new neutrals? Do you agree with Michelle that the Soft Scandi look is perhaps more suited to our climate here in the UK or are you yet to be convinced to move away from the grey palette?

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