Calling all color-averse dwellers: You don't need to go all white to avoid color. For the past few years, gray has dominated every neutral color palette (and color trend) in the interiors world. Beige, on the other hand, has been almost taboo—a boring color with a bad stigma you wouldn't be caught dead decorating with. Well, you can blame your parents for their poor '90s decorating choices and leave all those misconceptions behind because beige is the new comeback kid of décor in 2017, and it's anything but boring.
Not convinced? Consider this: Beige tones have been making their way back in our fashion choices for a while now: camel, cognac, tan, desert sand—all attempts to mask the fact that we're in fact big fans of the neutral shade already. What's the common thread in these new beige spaces that feel more modern than dated? They are all completely devoid of color, save for a few shades of beige, cream, and black. Ready to give beige a second chance? Here's how to do it right.
This monochrome beige living room by Minna Jones is anything but boring. By embracing clean lines and monochrome décor, the interior stylist was able to make this once outdated color look fresh and modern. With wall-to-wall curtains in the same color as the room, she's able to create a seamless experience that feels cozy and inviting. The hints of black and brown finish off the look while the tall plant adds life to the room.
In this Scandinavian kitchen, the cabinets are painted a light beige to complement the whitewashed floors—leaving the room feeling crisp and airy while being more interesting than all white. By keeping the palette clean and light with just a few touches of black, this space feels modern and fresh—definitely not dated.
If design darling Jeremiah Brent is incorporating beige into his designs, you know the color is about to get a whole lot more popular. He and his husband, Nate Berkus, may steer clear of trends when decorating, but they most certainly set them. In his latest project, the dining area is cast in light yet rich beige tones, perfectly layered like a million-dollar cashmere outfit.
In this entryway, rich beige-and-black wallpaper sets the tone for the house, which is decorated in shades of cream, light woods, and black. The textures in the runner and the woven basket give the room a layered feel while the wallpaper adds texture. This hallway is proof that beige is anything but boring.
Even in an all-white room, a few beige accents can make the space feel more sophisticated. Here, interior stylist Minna Jones hung a wall-mounted beige cabinet, which she accented with artwork, a vintage chair, and a fur pillow, all in the same tones.
You'll often hear that decorating a bedroom in neutral, calming tones is a healthy way to promote relaxation—and this bedroom is proof. Here, the beige tones are closer to a cool greige but nonetheless relaxing to look at. We all love crisp white bedding, but there's something to be said about beige linen sheets, which give this room an inviting and layered feel that's just a touch moodier than pure white.
Are you ready to embrace beige all the way? Go all-out by painting the walls and adding seating and furniture in pale beige fabrics and light wood tones. Keep the lines of your furniture clean to keep a modern look, and add a few touches of white and black. We promise this decorating trend is foolproof and perfect for the color-averse.
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