Anne Roselt, Plascon Colour Manager
Where shadowy grey meets earthy brown, you’ll find a range of neutral shades that make perfect companions for a warm, cosy space.
The colour taupe is a vague, unscientific colour term that’s used to label almost any form of greyish-brown, brownish-grey, warm grey or tan. It’s an elusive descriptor; even people who use colour professionally, such as designers and artists, frequently disagree when it comes to defining what taupe really means.
But whatever your definition, one thing is always certain: taupe – in all its guises – has the power to create incredibly inviting interiors.
Well-known British interior designer Kelly Hoppen is often referred to as the Queen of Taupe – which suits her just fine. “This is my favourite neutral, but that’s because it is neither warm nor cool and instantly adds a sense of harmony to a space,” she says. “It is subtlety and ease that are the hallmarks of my style rather than brash, ‘in-your-face’ elements.”
Kelly’s creative approach is simple and elegant: she uses taupe, sand, cream, off-white and pure white as core colours, to which she adds texture and just the right selection of accent colours.
Tips on using the colour taupe in your space
To get the best out of taupe, pair it with:
- Sumptuous textures and luxe finishes
- Dark wood
- Tints and shades of taupe, off-white and black as a grounding colour
- Blue, turquoise, grey-blue and grey-green
- Chrome, mirror and silver
- Clear glass
- Green, red and purple as accent colours
Here are some beautiful examples of the above principles in practice…
Layering shades of taupe – from lightest to darkest – can also create an interesting room or area. You could even add a few simple shapes or patterns to create an understated, elegant feature wall.
Plascon’s Favourite Taupe Colours:
- In the Mood O6-E2-3
- Barn Owl O7-E2-3
- Country Mushroom Y1-D2-2
- Light Anthill O7-E2-2