Oct 2, 2018

5 Reasons Why You Should Love Greige

Move over beige because greige is here. If you haven’t heard of greige then you might be missing out on the best paint color to descend upon home decorating. From Pinterest to Houzz to Good Housekeeping the color of the decade is a mainstay on some of the most popular social media home decorating sites. In other words, it’s not going away anytime soon.

Years ago beige was all the rage because of its neutral palette and its ability to easily blend in with a variety of home decorating styles. But, things change. And, over the last few years the color gray has been gaining speed and emerging as the neutral color of choice in many homes. After all, gray can be sleek, chic, and sophisticated. But, it can also be somewhat stark if you don’t get the right color. And, this is where greige enters into the picture. It’s the perfect blend of both worlds.

Defining Greige

When you hear the word greige you most definitely think of the two words that comprise it: gray and beige. Simply put it’s the fusion of both colors. In many decorating circles it is considered the perfect combination. And, that’s because of its ability to bring qualities of both colors together to form a neutral that works with practically everything. Why? Because when gray is added to beige it creates a richer color that works in either a cool or warm color scheme. If you are scratching your head a little bit we’ll explain. A greige with a strong influence of gray tends to be cool. Whereas, on the flip side, one with more emphasis on beige tends to be warm.

Mastering the artistry of greige can be rewarding especially if you are looking to add a touch of sophistication to your home. If you’re up for the challenge here’s our reasons why greige may be the best neutral color for your home.

Greige mixes well with varying decorating styles. To learn how professional designers masterfully use this pleasing neutral visit this year’s 2018 Parade of Homes. This mecca for everything in home design is happening at Travisso, Oct 19 – Nov 4. During the two-week event, tour four amazing luxury homes and hear and see the newest trends in construction, building design, and interior and home décor. Get inspired and see how the experts use greige to transform a room into a contemporary, sophisticated style. There’s also plenty of other highlights such as a hidden room, a doggie hotel, and a poolscape 25ft off the ground. And if that’s not enough to get you excited, rumor has it, Clint Harper from HGTV’s Fixer Upper and LeeAnne Locken of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Dallas are stopping by! Purchase tickets and get in on all the fun at Travisso.

It’s versatile.  In all its grand glory, greige can be soft, serene and elegant all at the same time. With that said, it pairs well with antiques. However, you can also use both bright and faded accent colors. So, using pops of color works well too. Or, for a timeless look use it with bold or dark colors. It also pairs well with dark hardwood floors, or white painted baseboards.

Not all greiges are created equal. And, that’s a good thing because that means there are a multitude of shades to choose from. Finding the right one for your home is key. However, unfortunately, it may not be as simple as you would think because of the undertones used when mixing paint colors. Gray is not just a mix of black and white. It can have a strong blue or green, cast depending on the undertone used. The same rule of thumb applies to beige which can have strong undertones of yellow or pink. Getting the right balance of both is essential to matching the color scheme for your home. For example, a greige that leans more toward gray is beautiful with blue, white, and cool colors. Use a warm greige anywhere you would use beige.

It’s not just for the walls. Use greige to create interest in textiles, or on ceilings, baseboards, and on furniture. From finishes to accessories greige can be used to create a very appealing and alluring style perfect for your home. Remember that when creating your look to use lots of texture and layering such as baskets and stone on floors and fireplaces.

You can use it in every room in your home. From the laundry room to the dining room to the master suite, yes, greige can transform your home. It can also be very mood setting. Use a dark shade of greige to create a dramatic dining room. Or, give your guest bedroom a feminine touch with a much softer shade. It’s easy to find shades of gray with undertones of pink, yellow, and lavender. But, don’t forget about the other rooms in your home such as the foyer, master bedroom suite or the media room. Greige works well in all.

Visit Travisso today 

We’re just 30 minutes away from Austin’s high tech employment center. And, minutes from grocery stores, restaurants, shopping and entertainment, healthcare facilities and so much more. In Travisso you’ll discover state-of-the-art floor plans from our award-winning premier builders. Homes range in size from 1,900 to over 5,000 square feet with prices starting in the 300s to over one million. Visit us today. We can’t wait to meet you. For additional information call us at 512-243-8583. 

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