Greige-the New Neutral

Greige-the New Neutral

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?




  1. Irene – I think greige is great in certain environments, especially in a loft. I personally would not use in my own home, I need a lot of color! But it’s a lovely neutral to build from. My own favorite neutral would have to be green!

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      Irene Turner 11 years ago

      I too am a color person, at least personally and with most clients. But I do like this as a background to other bright colors as well. Thanks for stopping by Cynthia

  2. Pat Zahn 11 years ago

    Irene – I love the greige! I could see going all neutral or adding spots of color. Part of my problem is that I’m a bit schizophrenic when it comes to decor. I love color, but I also love the calming effect of an all neutral room. Purple is my neutral (and my new bathroom has none in it…) Oh, and it didn’t escape me that you referred to “that color” again (yellow).

    Pat Zahn, Photo Solutions Superhero

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      Irene Turner 11 years ago

      You make me laugh Pat, Yes, I spoke about yellow again. Actually purple looks fabulous against greige. And while I know that you have green in your bathroom, it did look greige in the pictures. So greige, is it your new neutral?

  3. Pantone Color 11 years ago

    I have to say, a big fan of the greige as a base. It’s extremely powerful against colorful accessories… I do love the “industrial edge” trend. Very becoming.

  4. Caron White 11 years ago

    Hate to say this, but I do love the new Resto/greige look. Pops of color and interesting collection pieces do need to be added to complete a room, too much greige can go a long way. Soothing can soon become boring if you’re not careful! But I think it’s a great base to start with and then build up. New neutral with warm tones. We shall see!

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      Irene Turner 11 years ago

      Totally agree about the pops of color, that’s why I can’t wait to get into the accessories and art part! My client has great art with lot’s of color, very exciting. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Lori Sawaya 11 years ago

    I’m also glad to see Greige coming to the forefront – lovely & functional.

    There is a YouTube video about F&B’s Elephant’s Breath? It’s hilarious. I posted it on my blog and hope it’s okay to share.

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      Irene Turner 11 years ago

      Absolutely Lori, I love sharing! thanks for stopping by

  6. Lynne Barry 11 years ago

    I personally think that this is a fabulous neutral color which blends nicely with any color preferred! I would think if you add a color to accent, I would love to see a bright red or primary blue! It would add enough splash without taking away from the neutral background! Fabulous color!

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      Irene Turner 11 years ago

      It is a great color isn’t it Lynne? I actually can’t wait to get to the splash accent color portion of this project. I’m a color person at heart, and while I love a great neutral it only looks complete to me when mixed with color.
      My clients art and accessories we are looking at are deep cranberry, russet, and all shades of green from chartreuse to teal. I’ll do an update later in the year when we get there.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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