This is a massive trend alert, one which I’m pretty excited about… I’m talking about nude interiors!
Natural, nude and barely there palettes are popping up in lots of interior design schemes currently and it’s quite appealing. Especially as I feel we’ve reached saturation point with millennial pink, teamed with copper accessories and white marble. This feel like a natural evolution towards a more organic and grown up style. There are many flesh toned paints around, from ‘bare plaster’ through to sand, tan and even terracotta. It feels earthy and grounded and these naked tones work beautifully with a variety of materials.
I have a dark mango wood sideboard which is aging really well, but I have to say I adore this lighter version which isn’t too blonde and flat as with some paler woods; it still has depth and such gorgeous golden tones, adding a touch of the exotic. I would also consider a bamboo screen, maybe a vintage rattan peacock chair if you can get your hands on one or a cool ‘egg’ swing chair – and some gorgeous prints for the walls. The ever popular cream shaggy boho style rugs (with a geometric design) look so good with a nude wall colour, or alternatively try a natural jute rug, and of course don’t forget plants – lots of plants! Real or fake, the plant trend isn’t just a passing phase.
Leather can make a nice pairing with these neutral backdrops, whether you include a Morroccan leather pouffe, a vintage leather armchair or simply leather pull handles on cupboards and drawers (like those in the collage above from Etsy) for a nice little update. Meanwhile, brass is a great metal to team your nude walls, curtains or bedding with.
You can keep the look soft and subtle throughout, or add pops of colour if you like – for example mustard and burgundy can give depth, whilst white, lilac and lemon keeps things light (think flowers, velvet cushions, a knitted throw or curtains in these hues, for example). Even touches of smoky charcoal or pops of black look fantastic against a nude backdrop.
Nude walls also tie in seamlessly with some other recent trends, which makes transitioning to the trend more easy – you don’t have to replace everything! Go nude against those amazing dark steel crittall windows and room dividers, if you’re lucky enough to have them, or even metal loft style mirror. Similarly, try it with the pale parquet flooring that is so key in interiors right now. Concrete surfaces look great with a nude colour nearby and also accessories such as cute Boho belly baskets and chunky stoneware mugs and dishes. I picked up the blush coloured dotty mug (above) from John Lewis recently, as it was love at first sight!
There’s something very calming about a neutral/sand type shade especially on the walls, as it can infuse a room with gentle warmth and light without being as stark as white. My designer friend, Karen at Making Spaces has just transformed her bedroom from a teal blue throughout to this naked alternative and I absolutely love it. She has even painted her Ikea PAX wardrobe the same colour as the walls (it is called Fox Hedge Tan by Benjamin Moore) and doesn’t it look amazing?
Karen has also shared several gorgeous alternative nude paint colours in this post. I’ve decided I’m going to get one of these shades in my home soon. My next project is a kitchen update and I can see it working really well with our light stone/marble effect worktop, pale brass tap and dark cupboards. More on that soon!