Gray + Taupe = Graupe
That’s right, there’s a new neutral in town and it’s giving both gray and taupe a run for their respective money.
I ran through a number of fun names for this new color, but I thought Graupe (pronounced “grope” if we’re going to get technical) was the catchiest.
Other prospective names: Taray, Graype, Taupay (sounded too much like toupee)
If you haven’t guessed, Graupe is a neutral with both gray and taupe tones mixed together for one beautiful neutral color which works in literally every space. It’s not gray per say, and it’s not really taupe either…it’s Graupe.
And it’s fabulous.
Tile-wise, Walker Zanger has really been leading the pack with this color. A variety of their collections feature a Graupe color for your designing pleasure.
Walker Zanger - Studio Moderne "Marquis" in Mica Gloss (also known as Graupe)
Walker Zanger's new "6th Ave." collection in "Fog" (Graupe)
Walker Zanger - Skyline in "Pearl" (Graupey-Graupe)
- Assorted Walker Zanger Tiles…Graupe tiles are Vibe “Odyssey Mosaic” in Suede and Tuileries “Brique” in Fedora
See what I mean? Graupe is everywhere! It makes an appearance in nearly all of their ceramic tile collections, and has a few special appearances in their glass collections.
I personally don’t see this trend going anywhere either as it makes designing quite open-ended. Rather than having to choose a “cool” palette with gray neutrals, or a “warm” palette with taupe neutrals…you can have your cake and eat it too.
For me, the queen of indecision and color-commitment issues, this is the perfect color to design with.
What do you think? Would you incorporate Graupe into your next project? Would you have chosen a different name for this color? Will you remember that when the name “Graupe” catches on, I was the one who created it?
And if you’d like advice on how to incorporate Groupe into your home, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation!