Published on June 18, 2019

The most celebrated colors these days are just as poppy as their names. Millennial pink, Miranda Hobbes green, and Gen-Z yellow are undeniably fun, vibrant, and made to be ’grammed. But if you’re over bubblegum and can’t quite get on board with citron (despite our assurance that it is, in fact, the hue of the summer), there’s another, subtler option. Consider ochre, a color trend that comes without a generational prefix and feels so much more elevated than its punchy counterpart.

Somewhere between mustard and brown, ochre is a more palatable shade of in-your-face yellow. A big reason it feels so elevated is because it’s hardly new. In fact, it’s a retro color tied to the ’70s, similar to other earthy tones, like avocado green. And you can trace it farther back than that. We’re talking back to the Renaissance. In Tuscany, ochre-colored homes that are centuries old still line the streets of Florence and Siena, proof that this hue is timeless and super-versatile.

While ochre has always had its place in interiors, it’s definitely enjoying something of a comeback. Lately, we’ve seen it cropping up in our favorite retailers’ collections—hello, Joanna Gaines for Anthropologie—and in some of the coolest shops in New York, like the Gray Matters showroom. It’s never been easier to find ochre furniture and decor; here are our favorite pieces:

If you want to zhoozh up your walls…

For a big dose of that old-school Tuscan charm, bring ochre into your home via paint or an antique-y finish like plaster or limewash. Obviously, that’s a commitment—not to mention a renter hazard—so if it’s not in the cards, try a leafy wallpaper or abstract print instead.

For just a whisper of the color, consider Tortuga’s minimalist shelf. Featuring geometric ochre brackets, it won’t clash with the rest of your space.

If you’re craving some texture…

Throw pillows are the fickle decorator’s best friend, and these ochre options work with both neutral and equally saturated sofas. Pair them with rusty terracotta tones if you’re after a ’70s look. For a bolder splash of the hue, treat your floors to a plush new rug. With its abstract design, it will compete for most dramatic detail  in your living room.

If your kitchen needs a pop of color…

Swap out your tattered tea towels. This linen option brings a dose of French style to your space, courtesy of Paris’s coolest concept shop, Merci. If your dining room is less an actual dining room and more a multipurpose bistro table in a corner of your kitchen, give it a spotlight with the full ochre treatment. First, add a checkered tablecloth, then top it with an amber-colored bud vase. It’s the only centerpiece you’ll need.

If you want to splash out on a major statement…

Willing to splurge? Bring the ochre trend home with a new piece of furniture. Nort Studio’s chunky coffee table is the playful touch your living room needs. Snag some coffee-table books in gradient yellow tones to tie your shelves in with the new addition.

If it’s extra seating you’re after, Munna’s delightful fringed ottoman belongs at the foot of your bed. For something more traditional, Article’s armchair expertly blends Scandinavian simplicity with rich mid-century design. Layer in a cozy rug for the ultimate reading nook—might we suggest the aforementioned option from Tantuvi Studio?

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