No, the “greige” isn’t a mistake nor a slip-of-the-tongue; it’s not even a typo. It’s one of this season’s hottest trends in color. It’s what I’ve been calling “kind of a metallic gray” until now. You take grey (or gray, for us Americans ) and mix it with beige, and what do you get?
Why, greige, of course.
Or so I thought…
Delving in a bit deeper, I found out that greige (as a word) is nowhere near new. Its origins are in the textile business, and the term is used for raw, unfinished cloth, or, more specifically – raw silk. That it sounds so much like the word “grey” is not an accident, but I think we’ve had enough of this lesson in etymology for now.
As I was saying, greige is doing the rounds in interior decorating and styling, and I can see why. It’s a great substitute for the Black-and-White and the White-on-White decor that took over some years ago, and is reluctant to leave. It’s calmer and more gentle than the Hi-Tech-y black or white (and all their combinations). It can be very clean and masculine; it works well with the rustic look; and yet, it can be extremely sophisticated. Greige is neutral, so it goes well with almost any color, but isn’t as “boring” as regular, plain grey.
In short, it’s any decorator’s wet dream…
When I learned of the word greige and deciphered its meaning, I immediately realized it was a color that is substantially represented in my portfolio.
Here’s just one example.
I leave you to do a “search” on your own, if you want (here, on the left), to see more of my fine art photographs that incorporate the color greige.
Till next time -
Look for the beauty, color and light that are everywhere.