What is Greige?

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - EXPERT ADVICE -

As the name im­plies, it’s a com­bi­na­tion of grey and beige. This so­phis­ti­cated neu­tral can lean warm or cool de­pend­ing on the colour of its un­der­tone. Use greige in big spa­ces where you want your art­work and fur­ni­ture to stand out, such as the liv­ing room or a main hall­way.

A paint colour you look at in the shop can look very dif­fer­ent on your walls! North-fac­ing rooms get loads of warm sun­light that bal­ances out cooler-toned paints. In a room with less nat­u­ral light, use warm-toned colours (like am­ber) to keep the space from look­ing stark. Ar­ti­fi­cial light­ing mat­ters too: higher-tem­per­a­ture bulbs (check the pack­ag­ing if you’re not sure) give off a soft, bluish hue that pairs best with cool colours. Low-tem­per­a­ture lights have an or­angey tint that goes with warmer shades. Be sure to test the colour be­fore fi­nal­is­ing your choice: get a few swatches, tape them to walls and note how the colours look at dif­fer­ent times of day. Set­tle on the one that looks the best dur­ing the time you’ll use the room most.

Some­times it’s not just one room you have to think about. To en­sure that colours in con­nect­ing rooms com­ple­ment each other, start with one of these for­mu­las (right). Then choose paints with the same un­der­tones for a re­lax­ing flow. TONAL: Go with sev­eral shades of the same colour. The eas­i­est way: pick two or three hues on one paint chip. LOW-CON­TRAST: Pair the hue with the next shades on the colour wheel, like blue-green, blue and blue-pur­ple. HIGH-CON­TRAST: Try op­po­site colours with sim­i­lar sat­u­ra­tion; mix in at least one muted shade.

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