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How to Make Beige Spaces Beautiful

Whether it’s a beige bedroom, living room or dining room you have on your hands, know this: these spaces don’t have to be boring.

Beige has copped its fair share of criticism lately. In recent years, those gutsy colour lovers shunned those of us who weren’t keen to explore dramatic hue at home.

But to those of you who refuse to rock colour in your rooms, I say good on you for sticking to your guns! Now, let’s show those colour lovers that subdued can be sublime.

With help from the clever cookies at Dulux, let’s explore how to make your beige bedroom and other spaces at home all the more phenomenal.

Style Ideas for Subdued Spaces


Explore the entire Spectrum

There are more beige tones on the spectrum than there are kids in the Kardashian family. So when it comes to using this colour at home, get acquainted with a variety of tones.

Bring in dusty beiges alongside muddier shades. Sit a dark beige against a dirty white and discover how amazing this journey along the tonal scale can be.

It’s vital in any room to ensure that you have a strong visual story. But it’s even more crucial in a subdued space, because there aren’t dramatic pops of colour to do the work for you.

beige bedroom with exposed brick and soft pink bed linen set

Bring in Complementary Colours

A subdued space doesn’t mean that colour is out the door altogether. The best way to keep this look calm but interesting is to bring in some complementary tones.

The beige bedroom above is a perfect example of how light chalky greens, dirty pinks and mid-browns help create depth. You can also look to soft grey if you want to keep the look light and fresh.

The world is going made over grey at the moment, so if you’re feeling the need to tap into current trends, you’re onto a winner with an icy grey.


Texture is the Obvious Must-Have

Texture brings a tactile element to a room. And with the lack of colour in a beige bedroom or living space, you need an array of different materials to give the space depth.

The more texture you have in a space, the more welcoming it will feel. Notice in the imagery here, the rooms are made up of so many different materials; brick, wood, leather, concrete, wool, linen, cork, marble, glass. The list goes on.

Colourful spaces don’t need as much texture because the different tones give the space the layers it needs. But in a room where the colours are turned down, texture is key.


Finer Details complete the Space

A subdued space needs smaller details to enhance the overall look. And it’s not until you study imagery that features these intricate elements that it all starts to make sense.

The rooms in this post all have moments where smaller details make the space interesting. It could be the fluid handmade elements in a mug or vase, the delicate stitching in an ottoman or the tassels on a wall weave.

Look at ways you can create those little moments of interest in your subdued space. They’ll make a big difference. If you’re stuck for ideas, always go to soft textures like rugs, cushions or throws. or opt for pieces of furniture that have more than one colour or textures in them.

Do you have a beige bedroom or other space at home? How have you made it amazing? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Imagery courtesy of Dulux Australia. Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King. Photography by Lisa Cohen.

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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