For the past few years, grey (opens in new tab) has dominated theneutral interiors palette.But sandy shades are back, and proving to be anything but boring.
Now don't get us wrong, we love grey, but we've found ourselves increasingly drawntowards the warmer, friendlier tones of oatmeal and stonewashed linen (opens in new tab).Think fleshy toned, earthy jute, canvas, wool, wood and hemp – which, face it, all sound way nicer than beige.
Not convinced?Beige tones have even been making waves on the catwalk.Evolving from sleek and streamlined at Swiss fashion house Akris to safari-feel at Loewe, we spotted a smothering of earthy shades sauntering their way down the spring/summer catwalk.
Wiping the slate clean in the home, Perch & Parrow’s Brooks pouffe has sit-on-and-sink away factor by the bucketload, closely rivalled by Emu’s indoor/outdoor Terramare garden chair. Love the look and want to rock it underfoot? Lace up with Converse’s canvas-covered Chuck Taylors for a minimal but mighty style statement.
The shade feels most modern and fresh when paired with crisp white and black accents, or use it to create a pared-down, rustic feel with stonewashed linens, oak, rattan and jute.
Ready to give beige a second chance? Here are some of our favourite picks that prove that barely-there neutrals can really pack a punch.
Give your room an all-year-round summer feeling with this exotic style wood and woven rattan wardrobe. Already got built-in wardrobes or a walk-in dressing room (opens in new tab)? Use it to house glasses, plates and cutlery instead in your kitchen or dining room.
Indies wardrobe, £1,046, Maisons du Monde (opens in new tab)
With a super comfy fabric seat and backrest, this armchair reminds us a little of a director's chair – but this stylish armchair would look just as smart indoors as it would out.
Terramare armchair, £299, StudioChiaramonte/Marin for Emu (opens in new tab)
BARE FOOT BEAUTY
Create a relaxed and rustic vibe underfoot with a sea grass rug – be it in the hallway (opens in new tab), up the stairs (opens in new tab), in the kitchen (opens in new tab), bedroom (opens in new tab), living room (opens in new tab) or even your outdoor living space (opens in new tab).
Sea grass rug, £50, Design Vintage (opens in new tab)
Create a relaxed atmosphere in your kitchen (opens in new tab) or dining room (opens in new tab) by suspending rattan ceiling pendants like these above the dining table or kitchen island (opens in new tab).
Vivi lamp, £210, Vincent Sheppard (opens in new tab)
Create a restful, rustic table setting with this speckled effect eggshell salad bowl. Fill the bowl with nuts to set the scene even even when you're not serving dinner.
Olivia bowl, £45, Habitat (opens in new tab)
Place this cosy blanket over an armchair, a sofa, or across the bed to create a peaceful and inviting space. A neutral oatmeal colour guarantees it'll suit wherever you leave it.
Grey throw, £40, Pignut (opens in new tab)
A pair of these would look lovely on either side of the bed, or place one near a linen-upholstered sofa to create a cosy reading corner.
Conical Lakadee lamp, £189,Birdie Fortescue (opens in new tab)
Perfect for outdoor summer entertaining, and for creating a cosy atmosphere indoors during the winter, this bamboo lantern holds a glass candle holder inside, casting a warm glow.
Carlos lantern, £130, Broste Copenhagen (opens in new tab)
Made from a mix of both cotton and linen, and with a super subtle primrose coloured embroidery, this piped cushion would sitpretty on both the bed or the sofa.
Pentagonal cushion, £40, Niki Jones (opens in new tab)
COOL AS ICE
Keep picnics chilled with this 'linen' Nautic cooler bag.
Nautic cooler bag, £12, Sagaform at Forma House (opens in new tab)
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.