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How to Decorate with the Color Taupe

The color taupe is a popular choice for walls because of its ability to blend with a wide range of hues. Taupe is not brown and it’s not grey, yet it showcases components of both colors. There are warm taupes and cool taupes, light taupes and dark taupes. Decorating with this neutral is easy and fun, making it a soothing choice for spaces from the bedroom to the powder room. Today we highlight a range of ways to decorate with the brownish-grey wonder of taupe! Keep reading for a collection of inspiring design photos and ideas… [photo from Natalie Howe Design via Houzz]

Taupe bedroom by Natalie Howe Design How to Decorate with the Color Taupe
Taupe bedroom by Natalie Howe Design

Taupe Meets Grey

Taupe and grey are two peas in a pod! Including grey in a taupe room will create a cool, modern feel, so don’t hesitate to display these colors side by side! [from Red Cover via Lonny]

Taupe meets grey on a fireplace mantel
Taupe meets grey on a fireplace mantel

Grey artwork on a taupe wall creates a cool contrast in the chic room below. The grey of the art is mirrored on both floor and furniture. [from Lonny]

Taupe and grey in a modern living room
Taupe and grey in a modern living room

You can also opt for a grey shade of taupe to create a sleek look. Mirrors and metal accents are especially fetching in cool-toned taupe rooms. [from Homedit]

Taupe meets grey in this modern bathroom
Taupe meets grey in this modern bathroom

Grey bedding adds an elegant feel to a taupe bedroom. Bonus points for textural details such as raised patterns and a tufted headboard! [from Pottery Barn]

Taupe and grey in a cozy bedroom
Taupe and grey in a cozy bedroom

The taupe-y trim in the tiled bathroom below makes it hard to tell where grey ends and taupe begins. Which is exactly why we love this space! [from Lonny]

Warm neutrals in a sleek bathroom
Warm neutrals in a sleek bathroom

Warm Wooden Tones

When taupe is combined with the warmth of wood, the entire room seems to glow. Try combining taupe walls with wooden shelving and furniture, as shown in this next featured powder room. [from My Artistic Tile]

Bathroom filled with warm tones
Bathroom filled with warm tones

Also note that blonde wood can beautifully offset cool-toned taupe walls, creating an interesting contrast. [from Design Ideas]

Modern bathroom with shades of taupe
Modern bathroom with shades of taupe

Dark wooden floors add richness to the taupe bedroom below. The effect is cooling, especially since grey bedding is also on display in this relaxing space. [from Cardea Building Co.]

Taupe bedroom with dark wooden floors
Taupe bedroom with dark wooden floors

Even one wooden accent can make a big difference in a taupe room, as shown by the vanity in the next featured bathroom. Note how layers of taupe add a contemporary feel! [from Tiles for Architects]

Contemporary bathroom in shades of taupe
Contemporary bathroom in shades of taupe

A dark wooden table adds depth to this dining room filled with beige and taupe tones. The effect is sophisticated, as well as warm. [from Lonny]

Warm taupe dining room
Warm taupe dining room

Taupe and White

Crisp white beautifully offsets the neutral quality of taupe, providing contrast while still allowing it to shine. Try taupe bedding in a white bedroom for a refreshing yet warm feel. [from Lonny]

Taupe bedding offsets white walls
Taupe bedding offsets white walls

White trim is equally fetching, providing tidy pops of brightness that anchor and accent the room. [from MDSX Contractors Ltd via Houzz]

White moulding in a taupe living room
White moulding in a taupe living room

White cabinetry in the kitchen or powder room will perfectly offset taupe walls. Note how dashes of white keep the damask wallpaper below from feeling too ornate. [from HGTV.com]

Taupe wallpaper in a modern eclectic bathroom
Taupe wallpaper in a modern eclectic bathroom

Try white or cream bedding in a dark taupe bedroom for a light touch. Add shaggy textures and sheer white curtains for a comfy yet ethereal feel. [from Pottery Barn]

Taupe and cream in a comfy bedroom
Taupe and cream in a comfy bedroom

Just as white brightens and refreshes, black adds contrast and drama. Peppering white accents with black in a taupe room will help define the space. [from Zack de Vito]

Black and white artwork in a taupe living room
Black and white artwork in a taupe living room

Rosy Accents

We end today’s post with a few ideas on how to mix eye-catching colors with a taupe backdrop. Pink is a natural fit with taupe, as shown by the rosy curtains and flowers in this next featured living room. [from Lucy Call]

Taupe living room with pink accents
Taupe living room with pink accents

The space below showcases walls covered in Temperate Taupe paint from Sherwin Williams. Both the walls and the sofa seem to border on eggplant, proving that shades of rosy violet pair beautifully with taupe. [via Houzz]

Shades of taupe in an elegant living room
Shades of taupe in an elegant living room

You can even go bolder and brighter! Red adds energy to a laid-back taupe space. Let taupe set the stage for vibrant accents. [from Michael Abrams]

Taupe meets red in a modern bedroom
Taupe meets red in a modern bedroom

And because taupe is a neutral, it blends well with a variety of colors, from blues and greens to oranges and corals. [from Symmetry Home Staging and Design via Houzz]

Pops of red in a taupe sitting room
Pops of red in a taupe sitting room

We hope today’s post has proven that while taupe is a grounding color, the sky is the limit when it comes to featuring it in your home!

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