New Neutrals: is it time to wave grey goodbye?

New Neutrals: is it time to wave grey goodbye?

New Neutrals: is it time to wave grey goodbye?

From palest silver to deepest charcoal, grey has dominated interior design for a long time, and you might find yourself wondering which warm neutral colours you could use as an alternative to grey in your home. Say hello to the "new neutrals" - warm shades like cream, beige, taupe, and greige that are quickly taking over the world of home décor.

In this blog post, we'll explore the benefits of these warm neutral colours and share tips and ideas for how to incorporate them into your space to create a light, cosy and inviting atmosphere.

warm neutral living room beige cream decor ideas
Nothing gives a room a calming feel like a gentle palette of warm neutral colours, chalky paint finishes and textured fabrics

The rise of warm neutrals in interior design

Grey has long been the go-to neutral for interior designers, but there's a new trend on the horizon - warmer shades that add softness and warmth to any room. Oatmeal, beige, biscuit, and sand are the new neutrals that are quickly becoming a staple. Loved for the subtle warm glow they can add to a space, there's a shade that will be perfect for your room.

Creating a cosy atmosphere with the new neutrals

One of the benefits of the new neutrals is that they're incredibly versatile, making them perfect for creating a cosy atmosphere throughout your home. Depending on the orientation and natural light of your space, you can use warm shades to add depth, warmth, and softness. North facing rooms in particular benefit from warm neutral colours as they balance out the naturally cooler light. South facing rooms enjoy warmer natural light, which can make colours appear more yellow, so in rooms with a southerly aspect bring in neutral colours with a cooler undertone such as oatmeal or hazel.

Paint company Little Greene can help you understand which colours work best depending on the orientation of your space.

calm beige bedroom decorated with cream throw blanket
This beautiful bedroom shows how a palette of similar warm neutral colours can be perfectly layered. The walls are painted in Oxford Stone and a smooth cream throw blanket woven from merino wool adds a cosy finishing touch

How to master texture and layering in your home

Layering and texture are key elements of the latest interior design trends, and the new neutrals are the perfect shades to incorporate into this style. By layering different textures like wool, linen, and velvet, you can add depth and dimension to your room. Don't be afraid to mix and match different fabrics and patterns, contrasting chunky knitted throws with finer woven blankets for a sumptuous feel.

For help with layering textiles on your bed, check out our blog on how to style your bed like an interior designer.

neutral bedroom colours interior design by studio rey
A warm neutral backdrop is perfect for showcasing natural materials, like wood, rattan, cork and wool. This cosy bedroom designed by Studio Rey contrasts warm terracotta with lighter woods

5 colour palettes to pair with warm neutrals

  1. Pair warm shades like terracotta, rust, and ochre with cream and beige to create a welcoming and cosy atmosphere.
  2. Deep greens and blues complement taupe and greige, creating a serene and calming feel in your space.
  3. Consider the intensity of the colours you're pairing with the new neutrals. For example, a bright yellow might be too jarring, while a muted mustard can create a beautiful contrast.
  4. Don't be afraid to mix and match different shades within a warm neutral palette. For example, a light ivory can work well with deeper biscuit.
  5. If your warm neutral colour scheme is looking a little bland, a touch of black will work wonders.

Using wool blankets as a way to add warmth and texture

One of the easiest ways to incorporate the new neutrals into your home is by using wool blankets. Not only do they add warmth and texture to your space, but they're also incredibly practical. Whether you drape them over the arm of your sofa or use them to snuggle up on chilly evenings, wool blankets are a versatile and stylish addition. By using neutral wool blankets you can test out a new colour palette without the hassle and commitment of redecorating.

How to incorporate the new neutrals decorating trend

Incorporating the latest interior design trends into your home can be a bit overwhelming, but with the new neutrals, it's easy. Start by incorporating small touches like wool blankets, cushions, and throws, and gradually work your way up to larger pieces like rugs and furniture. By taking a slow and steady approach, you can create a space that feels warm, inviting, and uniquely yours.

neutral living room with panelling and linen sofa
Warm neutral colours are ideal for small living rooms as they give a light and airy feel that can help rooms feel larger, while maintaining a cosy vibe. This paint colour is by Lick

Make warm neutrals work in your living room or bedroom

From their versatility to their ability to create a warm and inviting atmosphere, there are plenty of benefits to incorporating the new neutrals into your home décor. Whether you're looking for a classic or contemporary style, these warm shades are perfect for any home. They can add depth, warmth, and softness to your living room or bedroom, and by layering different textures, you can create a space that feels comfortable and inviting.

In conclusion, the new neutrals are a refreshing change from the cold, minimalist look that's been dominating interior design for the past few years. With their warm shades and ability to create a cosy, inviting atmosphere, they're easy and versatile to use. By adding soft wool throws and other textured pieces, you can create a space that feels uniquely yours. So, why not try incorporating the new neutrals into your home and see the difference they can make?

For more neutral decorating ideas and inspiration, follow The British Blanket Company on Pinterest