Neutral colors are not easy to choose. You would think that neutral colors would actually be the easiest colors to choose and coordinate, but it's quite the opposite. For most people, "beige" is the catch-all color that is the answer to not knowing what color to choose. Beige at its best is relaxing and uncomplicated, this is why it's universally popular. The idea that any room could be okay if you paint or decorate in beige, is the start of a long and complicated process finding the right color.
What seems to be a simple choice of a neutral color, becomes a fight with undertones and color temperature. Read more about undertones here.
The Truth About Gray
Gray is another neutral with a reputation for being difficult to work with. Gray paint and decor can be gorgeous and stylish, but it can also be cold or tepid. Once again, the undertones that are used to create some gray colors, make it difficult to match in a color scheme. Gray is more than just black and white added together, it can have a strong blue, or even green, cast to it. When you get gray right, it is sophisticated and the lighter shades can be luminous.
Greige: The Best of Both Worlds
What if you could take the best of beige and gray, to create a neutral that can avoid the worst qualities of each? Greige has been wildly popular for several years, because it does bring the best of both worlds to life, as a neutral color.
What is Greige?
Greige is simply beige + gray. The addition of gray to beige creates a richer color, that can work in a cool or warm color scheme. The level of beige to gray in your greige, determines whether it is a cool or warm neutral. Though it sounds confusing, it's very simple.
A greige with a stronger gray influence can be considered a cool neutral. When you have a greige with more emphasis on beige, it can be used in place of a warm neutral.
What Greige Does Better Than Beige
Greige can run circles around beige when it comes to versatility. A traditional beige shows a strong yellow undertone, which makes it hard to coordinate with cooler colors. The addition of gray to beige, gives this neutral the ability to work with cooler colors, and solve the dreaded undertone issues This can make the creation of a neutral color scheme easier.
What Greige Does Better Than Gray
If you love the idea of gray but worry about the coldness of most gray colors, greige could be the answer. Greige is gray warmed with beige's warm undertones. You get the elegance of gray, without the cold blue undertones.
How to Use Greige
Greige can be used in lieu of beige or gray in most spaces. The level of warmth or coolness of your greige is the gauge of which shade is right for the room. Greige that leans toward gray, is gorgeous with blue, white, and cool colors. A warmer greige can be used anywhere you would use beige, but you'll want to sample any greige you're considering to get the right balance.