What Color is Taupe and How Should You Use it?

There are some colors that we have a hard time defining. Indigo and chartreuse fall into that category, but so does taupe. Taupe is an easy neutral that makes a perfect foundation and subtle accent color for those that love traditional styles and cozy feelings sprinkled around their home.

What Color is Taupe

It’s not quite in the brown family but not in the gray either, falling in-between the two. Today, we’re showing off brilliant rooms that utilize this soft shade in hopes to inspire you into using it for your home’s complimenting but also educate you on what color taupe truly is.

Top Tips for Choosing a Shade of Taupe to Add to Your Room

Before we share with you some inspirational design ideas for decorating with taupe, we want to offer you a few of our top tips for decorating with this color. While it’s a neutral color that’s generally very easy to add to any space, there are a few considerations we always recommend thinking about before adding taupe into any home.

While taupe is a neutral color, when you start looking at the options for adding this color into your home, you’ll find there are a variety of shades on offer. Warm taupe colors have red or pink undertones, whereas cooler tones have a grey base with hints of yellow or green. Depending on the atmosphere you are looking to create in your room, you can choose a shade of taupe to fit the space.

A cooler shade of taupe is perfect for a modern home, but you could also add it to a vintage-inspired room. You’ll find the calming undertones of this shade make it suitable for bathrooms and bedrooms also, where you should be looking to create a relaxing atmosphere for anyone who uses this room.

For a more traditional or luxurious home, opt for warm taupe shade instead. They’ll create a cozy atmosphere in any room and can make large, open spaces feel comfier and more inviting.

This would be a great option for a large living room or bedroom. Taupe can be paired with almost any other color, but try to match colors and shades with similar undertones for best results.

Taupe Color in Interior Design

1. Plush Taupe Curtains

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This luscious room is highlighted beautifully by full, plush taupe curtains. A beautiful display of taupe, this is a great example of one of the most feminine ways to play it. Unlike other dark curtain colors, taupe curtains won’t drown out a room, and will instead help to make a bedroom feel more light and airy.

These taupe curtains make a luxurious yet stylish addition to any room and you can add a few other accents in the same shade to your bed and furniture.

2. Silky Taupe Paint Walls

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These taupe walls offset the golden cream neutrals found throughout this bedroom with bold power. It’s a beautiful compliment but that’s still very relaxing.

This darker shade of taupe is ideal for a bedroom, and then the lighter curtains and headboard help to brighten up the space a bit. As you can see, shades of taupe vary dramatically, so it’s all about finding one that works to create your desired atmosphere and look for a room.

3. Romantic Sofas Taupe Upholstered

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These taupe sofas and throw pillows adorning the accent chairs add a mysterious, romantic element to this living room. We also love this neutral shade paired with the lighter and brighter cream tone.

Taupe is the perfect color to add to a large living room, and it works in both traditional and contemporary homes. Taupe looks great on soft furniture, such as these sofas, and creates a warm and cozy look that will invite anyone to sit down in your living room.

4. Contrasting Finishes

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This ivory room is perfected framed in taupe finished including the accent outline of the 3-D wall and the corner chair. We love the neutral, cool ethos surrounding this space.

5. Use Taupe With Plum

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You’d be surprised how great of a pair taupe can be to a plum counterpart. Accenting this living room, taupe becomes a beautiful addition to this sultry space.

 Try to find a shade of taupe with a purple undertone, which will make it easier to pair with this color in your home.

Taupe can be used as a base in almost any home. If you are planning to redecorate, you won’t have to get rid of your current furniture, and can return it to its previous home after painting the walls in any shade of taupe.

6. Victorian Essence Bedroom Decor

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This entire bedroom was constructed with a Victorian theme in mind – and they did that with using a combination of taupe, gray, and cream tones. What’s so great about this room is the layering shades. You can really see a difference in taupe and gray.

7. Various Shades of Taupe

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Now here’s a bedroom that shows off the varying degrees of the right taupe shades. From light to deep and rich, this romantic and modern space has it all.

Taupe is one of those colors which isn’t too overwhelming to redecorate a whole room with, as you can see from this taupe bedroom.

The different shades all look like completely different colors, so you’ll find it adds more texture to any space in your home. {found on kellyhoppen}.

8. Posh Nursery Decor

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Who knew you could create such a stylish and modern nursery with such a neutral tone. It’s quite interesting when styled right. It’s also a strong tone to play with gender ideas.

This sophisticated nursery will allow you to adjust the style as your child grows, and then you can easily transform the room into a bedroom when they grow out of their current furniture.

From there, you’ll be able to add their favorite color to this neutral background with fun decorations and pieces of colorful furniture.

9. Orange Blast Decor

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Taupe can also create a good playground for a blast of bold prints and colors. Mango not the windows and stripes on the floor mix well with this subtle, soft shade.

If this mango color is a little too much for you, you can always go for a different color or a more muted shade of orange.

There are very few colors that taupe won’t work with, so try out a few different ideas before settling for the one you like best for your living room.

10. Slight Furniture

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Take a good look at this sofa. It’s covered in a slight shade of taupe and mixes well with the rest of this golden, mustard room. It’s bright and asks as a solid, richening point to the room.

11. Luxurious Bathroom In Taupe

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Highlighted by a crystal chandelier, this feminine, and luxurious bathroom is full of taupe. Although the color’s name gets a bad rep for being boring, this space is anything but.

Taupe is a great base for a bathroom and creates a calming and sophisticated environment. It’s easy to pair with white bathroom fixtures and towels and offers a clean space for getting ready every morning and evening.

This bathroom would look great when it’s set off from a taupe master bedroom, which would provide a cohesive and relaxing atmosphere throughout this area of your home.

12. Creative Place

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Taupe can set the scene in a more interesting way than a bright white or natural gray. It can even provide interest to a home office made for inspiring. So many people today are still working from home, and taupe can help to create a more relaxing working environment than a sterile black and white office may do.

You’ll feel like you have a space to be creative and focus on your work, where you’ll enjoy spending every day during your working hours. As you can see, you can easily add pink or other colored accents to the room, to give a little more character to the space.

We think colorful flowers would brighten up any taupe room, and thanks to its plain base, you’ll be able to add flowers of any type or color.

13. Undertone Color

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Just like the creator of this living room expressed, here’s a room that has a gray feel with a strong taupe undertone in the paint. This is where you can see how much taupe befriends a great gray.{found on 12thandwhite}.

14. Add Pops of Color

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Take a look around at this popping living room. Filled with taupe and cream nuances and sprinkles of brilliant yellows, it’s such a happy spot to spend your time at home in.

15. Total Comfort

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Check out this plush and completely comfortable, beautiful bedroom. And we love the hidden taupe accents from the footstool to the pillows. {found on adoreyourplace}.

16. More Traditional Taupe Accents

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Taupe, of course, works in more traditional settings as well from bedrooms or living rooms. Although, we realize there’s an eclectic ethos surrounding this particular space.

17. Framed Light

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Here we see some more billowing, bohemian curtains that surround this reading nook and office with romance and femininity. We adore the contrast and warmth.

18. Ultra-Contemporary

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Now we have another bathroom to drool over and gain inspiration from. Contrasted with white walls, the taupe finishes give a hipster feel and

19. Subtle Foundation

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These taupe walls create a subtle, warm foundation for this eclectically-styled living room. It’s not too bright, it’s not too dark; instead, it’s a perfectly constructed neutral for a variety of colors to bounce off.

20. A Rustic Taupe Bedroom

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 We love the cozy look and feel of the planked wall, which works well with the taupe textiles used within this space. Taupe is an extremely versatile color that can be used to create almost any type of style you like to match with your current home décor.

We think this idea would look great in a teenager’s bedroom or for your guest bedroom.

The great thing about taupe is that you can easily add other fun accessories to the room, and you won’t have to worry too much about colors clashing thanks to the neutral shade which forms the base of the room.


As you can see, taupe is an easy neutral color to add to almost any room. Whether you are planning to redecorate your bedroom, study, or living room this year, a taupe color is a great base to use in any space.

The color creates a good foundation for almost any other accent color, which you can add by placing additional accessories and pieces of furniture in the room. For anyone who can’t decide between grey and brown, this is the perfect in-between shade that you’ll find easy to incorporate into both modern and traditional home makeovers.