Greige-the New Neutral: via Santa Rosa Interior Design

February 15, 2011

I’m excited to help a new client create a home and a new life in a loft space in San Francisco. Spending time with him and asking all sorts of questions I found out two facts to which I dedicate this post; while his favorite color is grey, he wants his home to feel warm.  On the surface that could sound like an oxymoron, but can I tell you, it’s really not!

Meet the new neutral, and one I believe will be the new neutral as we move forward into this second decade of the 21st century…Greige.

via google images

What is  Greige? A colour between grey and beige, closely akin to taupe; Unfinished; not fully processed; neither bleached nor dyed. There is even a whole blog devoted to greige and it’s uses in interior design! Warm and wonderful, greige is the perfect neutral to mix with other fun and exciting pop colors such as turquoise, purples and golds.  It warms up even more when mixed with all shades of brown, and this is the color story we decided to work with as the foundation in creating my clients new home.   

We plan to build off of this rug from Restoration Hardware. It’s the perfect combination of grey, brown and beige, which from a distance reads…greige.  On top of bleached oak floors, mixed with carmel leather sofa’s and textures of steel, stone, cement and wood, his loft will end up being the bachelor pad he wants highlighting his favorite color in a warm way.

via Restoration Hardware

We’ll add a bit of an industrial edge, just because it is a loft and a trend that deals with reclaimed and recycled goods.

via garden, home and party blog

Add some comfort and cozy upholstery to soften the leather sofa’s; along with some rustic woods and …

via Cote De Texas

a very modern Kitchen!

via Piet Boon 2

When we get down to accessories and art we will add splashes of color from shades of green to plums, rusts and that ever sunny yellow. I’ll update you as we get to that part of the project so you can see how well brights work with this modern neutral. Here’s an example of a pop of color in a basically greige room. Fab, don’t you think?

Elle Decor via Tobi Fairly blog

And, I love greige in fashion as well! With the Oscars coming up I could definitely see myself in this dress! From…Oscar de la Renta’s fall 2011 stunning collection.

Oscar de la Renta via NY Times

What are my favorite paint colors?

Farrow & Ball Pavilion Grey

Farrow & Ball Elephants Breath

What’s your take on Greige?  Like it? Not? I invite you to leave me a comment and let me know what you think. If you don’t like it, what’s your favorite neutral?

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