Can I get something off my chest?… I’m really bored with gray. Not totally done with the relationship, just needs a bit of spicing up, ya herrr me? We’ve seen it all over walls, tile, two-toned cabinetry and carpets the past few years and it’s becoming cold and stale. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had some great times together: In 2014 I decided to paint dark gray and white stripes across my entry wall and carried it up onto an art accent wall on our landing. In 2015 I designed the interiors of a 6-plex residential rental building– all with gray lowers & white uppers in the kitchens, and I also painted my kids’ rooms a light shade of gray in 2012, mixed with white wainscoting in one room and a reclaimed wood wall in the other. And we were in love. But if you asked me where I saw myself in 5 years, I probably could have foreseen that the fire would fizzle, and guess what- 5 years later, in 2017, I’m ready to move on to the next phase. ENTER: Daupe Taupe. It’s like gray with a makeover. Still the same natural concept of gray, but mixed in with some creamier, warmer undertones.
We’re in the process of building two ground-up, modern, hill-side concept spec homes along the coast, and in the material selection process I kept finding myself choosing these slightly beige-er (gasp!) tones. Not to be confused with the early millennial trends of tan or real beige, but a lighter, warmer gray with, yes, some brown and cream undertones. As I was pulling everything together, I just adored how it so subtly softened the very often harsh, sterile finishes in sleek, modern design. And it just looked classy AF.
These are more or less my messy digital bulletin boards, but you can see here that everything is taking on this Taupe scheme whether I was trying or not. (I really wasn’t– but thank God it worked out that way b/c much to my surprise, I’m falling in love again) If there’s hope for Nick Viall, then there’s got to me hope for me & shades of gray.
Many designers began showcasing their new relationships with taupes last year, primarily in cabinetry, and that’s when I started envisioning my own kitchen differently. Will it happen? Likely not for me, but thankfully our kitchen is white and I can deal with a classic, timeless look for now. Sherwin Williams’ Poised Taupe was named one of the 2017 colors of the year but I still believe it has some timeless power, when done in a more traditional application. Unfortunately for me, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way it looks in modern spaces right now- but it’s too early to tell if it’s a trend or a tried and true. Let’s size it up with these terrifically timely taupe spaces, yes? (I can’t resist an allteration)
I’m literally batting my eyelashes and going googly-eyed for some of these spaces. I think I’ll start with a super light version throughout our kitchen & great room in the form of wall paint. We’ll be updating the whole room in the next few months and I’m looking forward to incorporating these softer, warmer tones! SO pumped.
But I’ll leave you with this pleading message: If you’re considering gray, before you take my sloppy seconds, please consider the amped up version and test some taupe before you commit!! Especially if you’re updating a home that hasn’t seen a paintbrush in the past 10 years, you likely have some warmer tones leftover throughout your home. Taupe can be your answer to pull everything harmoniously together without having to redesign & renovate every square inch of your house.
“Haupe” I just saved you thousands 😉