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Gray and beige are amongst the most popular neutrals out there which is why most would pair them with light or dark colors. But did you know that pairing gray and beige can also work to enhance your room?
Even though both colors are categorized as neutral colors, gray and beige go together. When done right, these colors complement each other to make your living space clean and chic.
Whether it's the living room, bedroom, or bathroom, gray and beige can be done in any part of your home. If you're looking for some gray and beige examples to emulate for your next home project, here are some room designs to inspire you.
1. Color With Details
White walls can seem a little daunting, especially when it makes the room too bright. Similarly, dark walls make things too stifling. To neutralize this, you can decorate the room with gray and beige furniture. The furniture softens the effect of the walls and makes the room easier for the eyes. This way, the walls act as your blank canvas for the gray and beige furniture within them.
Here, you can see how the room has more beige used than gray. While the couch and the rug are gray, everything else plays into the hues of beige, making the room warm but still refreshing to look at.
2. Half And Half
If you want to concentrate on just using beige and gray, try using them on your walls and divide the colors horizontally. This can work especially for the bathroom if you have only half your walls tiled, with the tiles as beige, while everything else is gray.
The room below utilizes exactly that and, while it may be a small washroom, using beige and gray horizontally gives character to it. It's simple and adds balance to the room while still having that break from the solid gray with the beige tiles.
3. Decor As Accents
With beige and gray, you can mix and match the colors of your furniture and other decorations since these colors won't clash with each other. A long gray couch alongside a beige chair would make the combination stand out. Other elements that have similarities but with different colors, like a beige curtain and a gray rug, would make each element pop without being overwhelming.
It sounds similar to the first tip we have listed, but in this photo, you'll see why it's slightly different. Not only are the living room area's walls in beige color, but the majority of its furniture is also colored in beige. This makes the long gray couch stand out even more.
4. Differentiate Functions With Color
Another way to use beige and gray on furniture is by letting the colors represent the function. More often than not, big rooms are used as multifunctional areas. Examples are living rooms doubling as dining areas or kitchens functioning as small dining nooks. Separating the chair colors for each function can help differentiate each space without having to put a divider or a door in between.
In this photo, the huge room is divided into two functions: a living and dining area. Despite being in the same space, you can immediately tell which one is which, not only because of the furniture itself but also the color of the seats. Visually, the beige color indicated the living space while the gray color can be seen in the dining space.
5. A Tinge Of Glam
Gray and beige may be too simple, so to add a bit of glamor to your room, add some metal to your space. Metal is becoming a trend these days to help make the room a little bit more luxurious. This can come in any form, like your bed frame, the legs of your chairs, or the trimming of your walls. Just remember that a small amount of metallic accent goes a long way.
This bedroom, for example, has a simple gray wall with a beige headboard. To accentuate the colors and add to the sophistication, the room has a touch of metal for its modern-looking chandelier and side lamps for each side of the bed. By adding those elements, the bedroom looks more elegant without overstating it.
6. Use Throw Pillows
Throw pillows in the bedroom or the living room is a great way to combine beige and gray. If you have a room that's dominantly gray, have a beige throw pillow to break the monotony of the colors. You can also do this the other way around. Either way, it will make your room more interesting than just having a monotone color.
For this inspirational photo, you'll find a living room that's largely beige, saved for a few gray tones like the throw pillows. With the addition of the pillows, it highlights the warm tones of the beige while enlivening the room with a touch of gray.
7. Blankets And Towels
You might think that they're just functional for keeping you warm during cold days or for drying off your hands after washing the dishes. But color-coordinating the blankets or towels in your room can make your room stand out more. For example, draping a gray blanket on a simple beige couch can make each of their colors pop and give it a more inviting feeling.
You can see that this photo shows the color coordination of the blanket with the wall against a beige couch. While most of the items are playing around with the beige spectrum, the addition of the blanket brings the room together to make the color theme flow naturally and make each detail stand out on its own.
8. Two-Toned Tiles
For tiled walls like the backsplash on the kitchen or the bathroom tiles, you can get creative and mix both beige and gray. Tiles with both tones can make the room more inviting and warmer. It also adds more personality to the space, especially for clean areas like the kitchen and bathroom.
Here, you have a simple, clean kitchen that is accentuated by its backsplash tiles of beige and gray. The tiles take up only a small portion of the room, but this gives the kitchen a lot more personality, making the space seem more creative.
9. Add Some Art
Having artwork with beige and gray tones is also a way to tie in your room's color palette together. Not only is an artwork an expression of yourself and your personal taste, but it also shows sophistication. Hanging beige art on gray walls or vice versa makes both the artwork and walls contrast each other, helping establish the color theme of the room further.
This photo is a perfect example of making artwork for you. You can see that there is a balance of gray and beige colors due to the addition of the artwork. The art is colored in beige and it is highlighted with its gray backdrop, tying in the room nicely in terms of color combination.
10. Mixing Textures Or Patterns
Introducing different textures or patterns to a room is a good way to build a different dimension to a room, especially one that's based on neutral tones like gray and beige. You can add these in a variety of ways, such as adding silky pillow covers or having a rug with a zigzag pattern.
A beige zigzag carpet against a backdrop of a simple beige wall with gray furniture would add more texture to the room. The patterns can draw your attention to the rug and bring harmony to the whole area.
11. Keep It Simple And Light
Maybe you don't want to complicate things and want to keep things as simple and minimalist as possible. That's also a great way to go with beige and gray as they are neutral colors, meaning it's flexible on however you want to play with them.
You can utilize both colors by allowing natural light in your space. This shows off both colors in the best way possible, keeping the room bright, warm, and inviting.
Even though beige and gray are categorized as neutral colors, the combination brings out a result that is anything but neutral. It can add another dimension to any room you design it with, like warmth, depth, and sophistication. While these are definitely inspirations you can try, always remember that there's no set rule to combining these two colors together. Just don't do everything all at the same time to avoid overloading your senses.
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