Beige has long been considered the nemesis of fun in the home sphere, with no more ability to bring life to a space than a teaspoon can. But in recent times it has been shaking off its ‘plain Jane’ vibes and introducing an exciting new aesthetic.
Warm and welcoming, beige is one of those clever colour chameleons that can make the perfect pairing with almost any other colour. And, when it comes to mixing and matching with this shade shifter, the bigger the design risks, the bigger the potential payoff.
Create a clean palette by incorporating white, go dark and moody with deep blues or charcoals, or go cool and classy by incorporating a range of beige tones, from light through to dark.
When it comes to colour psychology, pair beige with soft and relaxing tones of muted green, dove greys and soft pinks to create a calm and restorative environment.
Its earthy tones lend themselves to the use of organic materials, with indoor planting, woven artwork and ceramics making popular pairings. Spaces can be brought to life by adding texture through soft furnishings like wall hangings, sheepskins, wall rugs or furniture featuring organic materials.
This colour trend pairs well with woven artwork and indoor planting helps add a lush element to the neutral palette.
American industrialist and Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford once said, “Any colour, so long as it’s black”. Renoir once described it as the “queen of all colours”, while JMW Turner once said, “If I could find anything blacker than black, I’d use it”.
As physics would have it, the absence or complete absorption of visible light means black isn’t technically a colour. And yet, despite this sinister description, this stylish shade is equally dramatic, sophisticated and handsome.
Infinitely versatile, it has been recognised for its conservative elegance as much as it has for its association with counter-culture throughout history, from beatnik to bikers and black-worshipping goths.
When it comes to creating masculine interiors, black hues draw on this clever colour’s association with the mid-century gangster glamour of film noire, drawing on cinematic sets as much as real life, and bouncing off the colour psychology of power and glamour.
Yes, we’re dealing in stereotypes here. But these are open for everyone to exploit – gender aside.
Not so long ago, black and blue were considered a sartorial sin. Now, not only has this match-made in heaven pairing marched its way down the catwalk, but it’s equally marched its way into our homes and hearts.
Taking their cues from the fashion world, design darlings of the décor world have been taking this trend into the home, where it’s found its way into almost every room.
Dark and moody in all the right ways, black and blue are a crowd favourite and for very good reason. But if you want to lighten the mood, consider marrying black with vivid tones of cobalt, teal and sapphire and lighter blues like robin’s egg and sky blue.
So stay ahead of the style game with some creative combinations.
With a hiss and a roar, wildlife has burst onto the style scene and our love for this beautiful decor cannot be tamed. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
The output of this preoccupation with some of our greatest outdoor species is, thank goodness, a big step away from anything taxidermy related – and rather focuses on beautiful sketches, Scandinavian styled stag antlers, black and white photography, and quirky decals. Pillows, bookends, crockery, and busts have also made the cut.
The wild at heart will be pleased to know that this concept has shredded its ‘kitsch’ reputation and has been given a glowing green light endorsement from the powers that be.