The demand for all things greige – the blend of grey and beige – throughout the home and garden shows no sign of stopping. From your decor to your decking, these neutral tones are establishing themselves as the ideal base.
We look into the greige trend and how to make the most of it within your living space.
What is the greige trend and why is it popular?
As the name would suggest, greige is simply a combination of grey and beige. Adding grey to beige improves the qualities of each colour, creating a richer hue that can work well in both warm or cool colour schemes.
Bringing out the best in both colours, greige is practical as well as beautiful, which goes some way to explaining why it’s still gathering pace not only in our gardens, but across the interior design and fashion worlds too. It provides a consistent backdrop, which you can experiment with to inject some personality. When it comes to the garden for example, working with greige decking allows you to create a series of different looks, through adding bright cushion covers or a throw for example. Equally, working with a more neutral background is good for accounting for seasonality in the garden, with different plants and shrubs flowering at different points of the year, providing pockets of colour that really stand out against a more plain coloured decking or patio.
Greige is a colour that works equally well in both day and night time settings. Experimenting with different lighting can play a big role in creating a different atmosphere for your outdoor dining space, but accessories and furnishings can also help you make a more obvious switch between light and breezy summer lunches, to cosy evening drinks.
From a more practical perspective, the other beauty of grey and beige shades, is that they aren’t going to suddenly go out of fashion. Clamouring to fit out your home in the latest Pantone Colour of the Year might be exciting when you first discover it, but you leave yourself open to having your home or garden date stamped with the trends of the time, or of simply becoming bored of it.
Arguably the biggest pull factor though, is that of course lighter shades naturally make a space feel larger. Pale grey and beige colours are ideal for small gardens, balconies and terraces, but even those with larger gardens benefit too; after all there aren’t many among us who don’t want to maximise our outdoor space.
While opting for a single greige tone for your whole decking area gives you a great blank canvas to work from, you can also experiment with grey and beige decking boards and tiles that create different patterns, zoning and other visual effects.
Introducing the greige trend into your garden
Grey and beige both provide the ideal base when you’ve got a particular theme in mind for your garden design, whether you’re opting for something contemporary, or a tropical paradise. You might even have a particular colour scheme in mind, picking out shades that enhance your home’s exterior. Either way, if you’re working with a greige base, you can’t really go wrong.
For those who don’t have a particular design scheme planned out, taking inspiration from nature can also help your decking to pop. In particular, greige decking looks fantastic when surrounded by flowers, trees and shrubs that change colour and depth with the season.
As the summer decking season gets well underway, greige still appears to be the colour of choice for many homeowners, and we think it’s a trend that’s set to continue for a while to come.
Chris Rose is a Decking specialist at Dura Composites, an award-winning manufacturer and supplier of composite decking tiles and boards.