Forget Mrs Hinch-inspired grey, experts say brown is the new in colour for home renovations

GREY has long been considered the most stylish colour palette for homes of late – with the likes of Mrs Hinch and the Towie cast all dedicated fans.

However, it turns out brown is the new in shade on the block coming to a chic home near you.

According to experts, everything from toffee to mahogany and ochre are having a moment – and sales of paints in these hues are on the rise.

House & Garden have reported that it's because brown immediately makes rooms look "warm and sophisticated".

They note that it is a favourite colour of Kate Middleton's interior designer, Ben Penreath, who used it in his London flat.

He was responsible for decorating the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's country home Anmer Hall, where they are currently in lockdown.


Fellow interior designer, Nisha Parekh, of Off The Wall Interiors, told the Daily Mail that it can create "a space that is relaxing" by providing a "cocooning effect".

Brown has long been used as a paint shade for homes, with the Victorians turning to it in the nineteenth century.

However, it was replaced in the post-war years by lighter, brighter colours that reflected optimism.

The hue had a resurgence in the 1970s thanks to a Victoriana revival.


But in the 1980s, there was an appreciation for pastel hues, while the minimalism of the 1990s has persisted until now.

Earlier this month, we revealed that picking white sheets will instantly make your bedroom feel more expensive.

According to a design expert, this is because they recreate the cleanliness and newness of five-star hotel sheets that almost always use all-white bedding.

"Visually, the idea of the white bed is important," said Erin Hoover, former vice president of design for Westin and Sheraton, previously to HuffPost.

"Something about an all-white bed connotes luxury and a good night's sleep."

In other homeware news, we told you how a mum has made her daughter an adorable playhouse for free from scrap wood and pallets.

We also revealed that people are loving Lidl's outdoor rug that costs just £6.99.

And her mum has transformed her grubby old stairs for £10 using Poundland buys and her DIY skills.

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