Cornforth, Manor or Lamp Room - whatever the shade, we all have our go-to, favoured grey. After all, grey has been the neutral of choice in our homes for over a decade. For years we turned dialed down the temperature and turned up the blue tones - banishing warmth and dreaded yellow tones. Walls, bedroom sofas, upholstered luxury beds, carpets and bed linen - grey felt comfortably cool; edgy yet classic; safe yet on-trend.
So, imagine the shock-horror last September, when Joa Studholme - International Colour Consultant at Farrow & Ball, a tour de force in the world of colour and the inspiration behind the subtle hue 'Joa's White' - stood in front of a room packed with the industry's most influential bods, to unveil F&B's 9 new shades (none of which were grey) - and declared that we would be "moving away from grey shades".
Having had a few months to digest this somewhat upsetting interiors news, and trying to translate into the world of French Furniture and stylish homes, we've been soaking up the AW18 hugs to the eyes, the warmth and sophistication of camel, caramel and rich ivories. Maybe we were readier than we thought to abandon our grey battleship (pun intended) and bathe in the milky tones of the neutral tans and beiges we've been seeing on the catwalks.
Caramel Velvet Accessories
While 'beige' (even said with a sad face) can conjure up mental images of dowdy, 90s rental properties, we've been inspired - on our colour hunting travels - to see the warmer neutral tones with fresh eyes. Paired with black and crisp white, it's easy to create a mid-century, modern, yet sophisticated feel; imagine tactile nubuck and leather, chrome accessories and iconic shapes, all warmed with caramel velvet, teak wood and classic rattan furniture.
Earth Tones & Hide Rugs
Our Instagram and Pinterest feeds are awash with the brightly lit, spacious open-plan and yet welcoming homes of Byron Bay residents - bright white walls, sisal rugs, wall panelling, baskets brimming with greenery, reclaimed vintage fittings and, of course, beige in all its earthy goodness, from clay to oatmeal. These homes embrace the rusty earth tones from their Australian surroundings, brightening the classic neutrals with hints of ochre and red clay, and softening with natural soft sheepskins and springbok hides.
Classic Bedroom Furniture
In a classic, period home incorporating the warmer neutrals is a great way to combat the draftiness and chill felt at this time of year. Bare oak, vintage kilim rugs, linen upholstered beds and bedroom chairs are all ideal for banishing the cool greys. Making a feature of beams, original floorboards and exposed brickwork is perfect for saying hello to the warm side.
So, if these gorgeous, buttery tones of camel and taupe are good enough for the classics - a trench, a cashmere jumper, wool coat, Burberry - then we figure we might just make way for them in our grey, tunnel vision, for 2019.
For more ideas on how to start incorporating this year's new neutrals, contact our in-house stylists.