Builder Beige

I have been meaning to write a post on this for awhile and decided to take advantage of my downtime at home. Let me first me preface this post by saying we have a lovely home in a lovely neighborhood so the following is by no means a complaint, just a current design struggle….

Our house was built in 2009, the first phase of a neighborhood development that finished in early 2015.  When we bought this house in December of 2014 there had only been one owner, an elderly woman, who kept it immaculate.  Everything was in nearly new condition but there was (and mostly still is) what I refer to as builder beige throughout.

Many have likely heard this term before… contractor (or builder) beige.  Starting years ago there was a transition from white to tan (beige) as the go-to neutral for staging & spec homes.  More recently grey is becoming the more commonly used neutral.  But alas, we have lots of beige.

We have beige walls, tile, kitchen countertops & carpet.   The only thing we have done to remedy this thus far has been removing the carpet in the living room & replacing with a laminate plank floor.  In our main living areas we have furniture & accessories with pops of red which does help keep it from feeling too bland.

We have been debating what to tackle first…tile ? countertops?  Currently I am leaning towards replacing the tile, which is the same in our entry, kitchen, guest bath, laundry & master bath.  I am fairly certain it was probably on the end cap of a home improvement store as the 97 cent per square foot special.  There is nothing wrong with this, it just doesn’t have much (any) personality.  I will keep you posted once we decide to make a move.

What would you do first? Does your home suffer from a case of builder beige? 


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