My views on colors I don’t love in interiors is included in an article on House Beautiful (also Elle Decor AND Country Living). As with any opinion piece, it’s all subjective. I don’t agree with some of the others interviewed and they may not agree with me. But I did want to share a little about why I think beiges aren’t great in interiors.
I put together a quick board of various items in the beige color family. Many think beige (also tan) are neutrals and go with anything. They may go with many other colors, but they don’t always get along with each other. In other words, it’s all about the undertones. There are pink-beiges, yellow-beiges, green-beiges and blue-beiges. And when mixed together, they fight and can bring out the undertones in not so great ways.
I’ve added as backgrounds some of Benjamin Moore’s most popular tans, beiges and greige colors.
First up is Shaker Beige, which is a mid-range beige/tan color. There is a nice depth to it and it complements the rug very well. But to my eye, it makes the yellow in the marble tiles (top left) look way too yellow and makes the sofa look way to blue/gray and cold feeling. It mostly goes with the curtain fabric, though I feel it’s a little too warm a tone for them.
Next up is Manchester Tan, which is a cooler tone than Shaker beige – there is a little more blue in it. It clashes with the rug, but works well with the drapery. The marble tile isn’t quite as yellow feeling as it’s bringing out some of the deeper beige tones. But, the sofa now looks a bit pinkish.
Muslin is very close to Manchester Tan, but skews a little more green. This is making the tile look very pink and doesn’t go at all with the drapery or the rug. The sofa is back to looking a bit grey.
And finally we have Revere Pewter, which is considered a “greige” color – somewhere between beige and gray. To my eye, it’s not too bad with everything except the sofa. There is a lot of gray in the rug, which is pulled out, as well as the cooler beige in the drapery fabric. For contrast, I’d probably want to see a much darker or much lighter color on the sofa fabric.
Do you see it?
As for grays, it’s basically the same concept. There are pink-grays, purple-grays, blue-grays, green-grays, and more. They are also, so, so overdone.
As a fallout of the Belgian look, courtesy of the master Axel Vervoordt:
and the Restoration Hardware look:
It’s all about gray these days. It can be incredibly beautiful (see again Axel Vervoordt) but it has to be done right. And it’s not right for every room in every home.
What do you think?