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The Modern Way to Beige

Once upon a time, beige was synonymous with boring, bland, and blah. And it probably isn’t the first hue that comes to mind when you think of modern design.  While it’s certainly an understated neutral, beige is far from boring. Used in the right way, it’s a go-to hue that competes for attention in any design scheme. Here are a few approaches we’ve found to help you beige the modern way:

Beige and Bright

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Incorporating beige in a room is a distinct way to support brights, bolds, pastels and more without causing discordance. The beige bedding and curtains featured in this modern-chic bedroom do just that in juxtaposition with the vibrancy of the bench, pillows and other accent pieces. It also works well in a room with plentiful natural light to create an airy, ultra-clean feel.

Beige and White

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A room with basic white walls does not have to feel stark. Rather, white can be considered just another kind of “bright” color, one that’s clean, fresh and new-feeling. Adding beige furniture and beige textiles ensures the room’s sense of new beginnings is not lost but, rather, complemented and softly warmed up.

Beige and Wood

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Beige is a color that you can expect to embrace the rich tones of a stained wood floor and wooden accents. Combined with warm hues, the friendly color unapologetically lends endless design opportunities for simple or eclectic interior spaces. You can use the color to build upon a two-tone room or create a complex color palette. Beige exists to help rectify any style faux pas that may come along the way.

Beige and Black & White

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Beige has an unbeatable  versatility, especially when taking into consideration the variety within its own color spectrum. In the midst of ivory and ebony settings, beige unexpectedly functions as the accent color in the room. Within this art-worthy sanctuary, beige shows a unique ability to add a softening finishing touch to a modern space as seen in the artwork, sculptures and furniture.

Beige and Rustic Industrial

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With a rustic dining table and industrial metal accents come a sense of masculinity. To adjust the room’s mood, incorporate large, tailored beige furniture like the dining chairs. The soft beige color really adds a feminine touch that balances the room.

Being easy to sell, simple to live with and a perfect pair to other colors, we’d say beige is a total natural in the modern home.

Tonye Doukpolagha

Tonye Doukpolagha

Tonyé is a Senior Product Content Publisher at YLiving who dwells over the way modern design transforms customary furniture and accessories. She began her career in the Furniture Industry at the San Francisco Design Center and has not turned away since. In her free time she enjoys volunteering, adding images to her incomplete inspo board, obsessing over different ways to refresh her apartment, immersing in the East Bay Art & Culture scene, and never turning down brunch with friends.

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