The New Neutral You Need To Know

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Reminiscent of a cool fall day or your favorite bottle of red wine, burgundy is the hottest neutral to hit the market since navy. Not unlike a cool gray or light charcoal, burgundy, in any of its many iterations, can serve as a grounding force for a room with little design direction. Reborn in a full range of tones—from rose blush to bloodshot red—this seductive hue is one our editors are currently seeing translated to every surface in the home.

In search of a covetable, crimson palette come fall, we turned to Crypton fabrics to create the ultimate mood board to inspire a living room refresh. Here are our favorite fabric choices that encapsulate this color movement.

For the Sofa

If there’s one place to embrace burgundy in its deepest form, it’s on the sofa. When masked in a rich maroon that tends toward black (we’re big fans of United Fabrics’ Felix-27-Garnet), your couch will double as an eye-catching anchor for the entire living room. Continue this same fearless approach by topping your sofa with fiery accent pillows. Villa in Rouge from Calico Corners and Kravet Smart Velvet 34856-12 are two red-hot options worth trying.  

Bonus: All Crypton fabrics—no matter what color, weave, or pattern—are created with innovative technology to resist spills, repel stains and smells—aka you never have to worry about those pesky red wine spills.

For the Walls

A sophisticated way to set the scene for serious impact? Play up the difference by paring down the walls with a pale blush treatment. Kick off an elevated conversation between your rich, burgundy sofa and the rest of the room by covering the walls in a delicate pink, like Duralee Pastel. The more high-contrast, the better.

For an Accent Chair

To make a bold statement, consider an accent chair cloaked in a fabric that blurs the line between burgundy and blush—a happy medium, if you will, that bridges the gap between your darkest dark and lightest light. A bold textile like Thibaut’s Dalton Herringbone is certainly a visual treat.

For Fun

There’s little we love more than a pairing a rich burgundy with a hit of hot pink. Add a splash of neon or other rosy pink to balance out the darker elements that surround. Covering an ottoman with Scorpa Coral by Dana Gibson for Stroheim, for instance, is one surefire way to introduce sheer electricity.