Beige room ideas might not seem like the most exciting of schemes but, take it from us, they're worth a look. Beige is a comforting, inviting color to use in your home – whether it's on the wall or in furnishings and accessories – and it's also one our favorite living room decorating ideas as it's so easy to combine with accent colors.
Now, beige is having a moment. Dulux announced this week that this year's Colour of the Year 2021 is Brave Ground (opens in new tab) – colour they say is grounding and one that will provide a firm foundation for change and creativity in our homes. And yes, of course, its choice is inspired by the pandemic and our need for comfort at home.
We love it... and so we've put together a gallery of room ideas so that you can see how easy it is to use and how gorgeous it can look, even in bathrooms and kids' rooms.
1. Match beige with its best friend: grey
Matching a warm beige with a steely grey can be stunning, as this beige living room (and the one, top) shows. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Jitney (opens in new tab), which is a calming and earthy shade – the tone is the same as the grey sofa which is why this room works so well visually. We love how the skirting boards have been painted in a soft grey/green too – who says woodwork has to be all-white?
2. Warm up beige with a spice shade
Working from home and rethinking an uninspiring office colour? Beige is beautiful because it's calming – but we reckon a home office needs to feel really, really inviting to make you feel like staying put all day, so we'd add a spice shade to the mix. You can do that with a leather office chair – or with a second paint colour. Added to Brave Ground, here, is Caramel Cream, both Dulux.
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3. Go for a darker beige in a bright kitchen
Rather like a dark sepia, this facing wall is actually a chalkboard paint called Gettysburg Gray HC-107 (opens in new tab) by Benjamin Moore. Who even knew you could get colours? It’s a warming shade that looks great here with the creamy cooker hood and tiles, and the black of the units. To prevent this look from being too ‘heavy’, there’s white painted woodwork and ceiling, and marble worktops to add a spot of pattern.
4. Repaint kitchen cabinets in classic beige
Thinking of a revamp by painting kitchen cupboards? Beige is a great choice – that calm vibe it gives off is perfect for a busy kitchen; it's not a dark shade that will make the room feel dull, but it's dark enough to hide splashes. Plus, it's a classic Shaker colour that really suits period-style cabinetry. It matches beautifully with black, white and grey, so you can't go wrong.
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5. Create your own cocoon in a beige bedroom
What do we want from a bedroom? A cocooning, womb-like atmosphere that welcomes us with open arms. And if that's not a mixed metaphor, we don't know what is. But you get the idea – beige is one of the best bedroom decor ideas out there because it can be matched easily with other neutrals and natural textures (think cream, chunky knit throws, sisal rugs, natural-weave baskets, or with powdery pinks and steely blues. Paint color, Skimming Stone by Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab).
6. Pair beige with brighter shades in a kid's bedroom
Yes. You. Can. Looks fab, doesn't it? Paint color shown, Elephant's Breath by Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab).
7. Create a rustic feel with a beige hallway
Beige is a great colour for hallways, especially if you're after a rustic, country style. Natural stone tiles (or stone-effect) in beige can be matched with beige paintwork and cream-painted woodwork for a stylish, laid-back look. Amazone™ Beige Modular Tumbled Tile (opens in new tab), Topps Tiles.
8. Pick beige for a bathroom and match it with wood
These Somerset (opens in new tab) mink matt tiles from Tile Giant are a pretty good match for Dulux’s Brave Ground and they have a natural, hand-made look to them which adds character. Team with a white bath, natural wood and pops of blush pink – a shade that goes particularly well with this minky shade.
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