The best greige colors for walls

Written by tamiya king | 13/05/2017
The best greige colors for walls
When greige is the room's colour theme, metallic accents are visually appealing. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Greige, a combination of grey and beige tones, is an attractive but subdued colour that is suitable to grace the walls of a modern home. Greige is also the combination of a warm and cool neutral shade (brown and grey), so decorations and furniture on both sides of the colour wheel will look good in a greige space.

Dark Greige

A dark grey that is somewhat charcoal in colour with tinges of tan works well in a room where dark and medium brown furniture is featured. A cocoa or cinnamon-coloured sofa looks especially warm and inviting against a dark greige wall. Furniture pieces in lighter colours add a nice contrast to a room painted a dark greyish brown colour as well, like an oat or wheat-coloured loveseat decorated with light tan, nearly white throw pillows. An intense shade of grey also pairs well with wall panelling in a pronounced colour like black or chocolate brown.

Brown-Greige

Greige shades that appear slightly more brown than grey can make a room feel welcoming and provide a suitable palette for wam-coloured furniture. For instance, a brown-greige living room wall will make a hot pink chaise seem a little less overwhelming since grey and pink match well and brown and pink are in the same colour family. Metallic shades of bronze and gold will stand out in a brownish-grey room as well. Bronze panelling will help to bring out the grey in the walls while blending with the brown tinges; gold adds a slightly yellow effect, which will give the room an understated "silver and gold" look.

Purple-Greige

Some light and medium greige paints are tinged with purple since grey and purple are visually appealing together. Some intense shades of brown are also mixed with purple; since purple is the mixture of a warm colour (red) and a cool colour (blue), furniture and panelling from either hue family can make the room more attractive. For instance, a black leather couch with lavender throw pillows will complement the wall well and so will a burnt orange couch with aubergine pillows. A lighter coloured panelling is suitable for this shade of greige and can make the room seem slightly more open; classic white or ivory is an attractive choice.

Light Greige

A light greige that is almost off-white is the best choice for a room adorned with pastel and white furniture. Whitish greige gives the room more openness and attracts more light to the room so that the space is bright and inviting. Cream-coloured armchairs with light wood accents are a sophisticated choice for a room painted light greige. If the room has hardwood floors, a plush area rug in a pastel green or pink shade will add a sense of harmony or simplistic beauty. Panelling colours in a light colour from the cool family, like blue or green, will lend an air of tranquillity to a pastel greige room.

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