Oyster, dusky pink, biscuit, mink, putty...there's a good chance that the best thing in your wardrobe at the moment comes in a soft nude colourway. Now, nudes are stepping out of the wardrobe to become a sophisticated new interiors trend, too.
These soft hues are colourless enough to replace other neutrals such as grey, yet with the depth and subtlety to work on their own as well. Feminine but not saccharine, this is a grown-up choice.
"There is without a doubt a closer link than ever before between catwalk trends and home trends, especially with print, but also very much with colour. I always look to the catwalk for inspiration," says Sue Roberts, home design manager at House of Fraser. The store's Casa Couture collection, launching this autumn, embraces the nude trend with basket-weave cushions in softest pink, alongside pale greys and sandy tones, with all of these colours intended to work together. "Naturals such as greys, taupes and putty appear more frequently and are seen as staples rather than obvious fashion colours," continues Sue. "They're great to give a less obvious, contemporary edge."
Elsewhere, you'll find nudes mixed with black, gold and mirrored surfaces for boudoir glamour, or with other faded tones such as duck egg for a more antique feel. It even works with jewel-coloured brights, such as wine and sapphire, to add richness and depth. Layers of texture play a big part too, from transparent ruffles to pin-tuck pleats. So, are you ready to go nude?