What is Greige?
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.