Would you say the above wall is painted taupe or greige? What about the one below:
The first photo is painted griege. The second photo is taupe. Doesn’t the greige and taupe look like the same color? They are both beautiful neutrals aren’t they? Taupe:
Let’s investigate! The definition of taupe according to Wikipedia is: taupe is a vague, unscientific color term which may be used to refer to almost any grayish-brown, brownish-gray, or warm gray color. The definition of greige is not found in the dictionary (recent word) but designers explain the color as a color between grey and beige. Well, that does not help much. Let’s look at the undertones:
Taupe Undertones: Red(pink) & Green
Greige Undertones: Gray & Beige
Ok, starting to make a little sense now why sometimes a greige color can look gray. Isn’t it interesting that taupe is described as a grayish color, but there are no undertones of gray? Gray and beige undertones:
Gray Undertones: Green, Blue & Mauve
Beige Undertones: Green, yellow, red(pink) & orange.
So the greige and taupe colors can look similar because of the undertones of beige in the greige which are similar to the taupe undertones. Are you still with me? And they are different because again the undertones are not the same.
1) So both taupe and greige are gorgeous neutrals.
2) Taupe and greige can be warm or they can be cool. Warm greige has a yellow undertone (from the beige). Warm taupe gets its warmth from the red undertones. Similarly, cool greige has blue undertones (from the gray) and a cool taupe comes from their green undertones.
In conclusion, greige and taupe are not the same color. They can look similar but because of the undertones they are not. I now see that a lot of designers actually are not seeing the difference and calling a color greige when it is actually a taupe.
Aren’t you happy I clarified that for you? 😉 I have to tell you that since I came back from Maria’s training, I have been undertone obsessed!
Let’s take a test! Taupe or Greige:
Photo’s #1 and #4 are taupe. #2 and #3 are griege.
What are some great taupe’s? Ben Moore Cedar Key 982, Smokey Taupe 983 and Stone Hearth 984.
Designer greige favorites: Ben Moore Revere Pewter HC-172, Grant Beige HC-83 and Bennington Gray HC-82.
Well, what are you thinking? Agree or disagree? Do you understand a little better now? Or more confused?
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