Here’s Why You Should Reconsider Decorating With Beige
How to decorate with the color trend that's taking over 2017.
Published Jan 21, 2017 5:00 AM
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Consider it a progressive step from whitewashed minimalism. This 80s “It” girl aesthetic is making a major comeback, with a modern revamp that has us seriously rethinking the color. Over the past decade, cream-colored palettes have been heavily overlooked in favor of the stark, all-white finish, preferred by modernists and minimalists alike. We rounded up a sampling of rooms which have inspired us to rethink a decor scheme similar in nature. Take a look!
Mountain Peak White, Benjamin Moore
Decorating with beige can at times err on the side of the sterile and less adventurous. But we’re all for utilizing the shade within a decor scheme that marries traditional with modern luxe. The lustrous brass details of this nook elevate the neutral finish of the area. Note how the reverse-set books, within the built-in shelves, contribute to the room’s aesthetic.
Proof that decorating with beige isn’t as snoozy as it’s written out to be. Coupled with a rustic decorative scheme and no shortage of daring textures, the carefully curated design of this dining room has us seriously swooning! Recreate the look by pairing wooden dining chairs with cozy sheepskins, and spring for a statement piece (much like the stunning pendant here) to complete the look.
Don’t underestimate the decorative prowess of a beige sofa, especially one that comes with a streamlined and modern edge. Within the stone wall confines of this contemporary living room, a handful of beige accents bring about a warming essence riddled with comfort and texture.
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If you ask us, good beside manners entail a vignette as perfectly styled as this. Delicate leather detailing coupled with a neutral palette, which extends from the walls to the bedding, set the tone for this simply serene bedroom. Structured greens bring in a lively detail, imparting a fresh layer to the decor, while the exaggerated tassels on the bed quilt add a defining characteristic.
A reserved handful of decorative accents, of a primary color scheme, instantly elevate this otherwise monochromatic study. A posy of dried palm leaves emulate the natural aesthetic of the area, complementing the woven baskets earmarked for storage. Incorporate these bright shades into a neutral design to extend a modern and unexpected element to the space.
The beauty of a neutral decor scheme lies within the fact that it makes for the perfect backdrop to build on with color. This streamlined nook proves just that, with its subtle color accents, which belong to the same blush-meets-beige tonal group. The brass hardware of the light fixtures complement the scheme with a metallic detail, while the bare wooden flooring inspires a rustic finish.
New color pairing alert! Bring together beige and gray for a sophisticated and contemporary finish. This minimalist setting features just a small handful of decorative furnishings, while managing to pack in plenty of style through the reserved prints and timeless shade of gray earmarked for the window panes.
Incorporate the color in the form of woven basics and statement furnishings. The earthy-inspired aesthetic of this nook can attribute its charm and character to the intricate composition of the pieces – varying in make, yet imperfectly complementary.
In the open-plan home, overflowing drapes help designate the respective zones of the space, all the while contributing a dramatic effect within the room. Effortlessly chic and perfectly minimal, this monochromatic dining space proves that a lack in color doesn’t entail a compromise on style.