Read all about Accessible Beige, plus see 28 real homes that use it!
Accessible Beige (SW #7036) by Sherwin Williams is a popular neutral for both exteriors and interiors. As far as beiges go, this one is a great choice. It’s considerably softer than the oppressively warm and overly yellow beiges of the past. Also, it’s far more sophisticated and complex than the crude builder’s grade paint that made “beige” a bad word in the interior design space.
SW Accessible Beige pairs beautifully with white cabinets and trim, adding just enough contrast while still remaining neutral. In some lighting, it looks creamy and warm. Other times, it can take on a little more gray, but never looks too stark or icy. Certain wood finishes compliment this shade perfectly, and black accents tend to pop against walls painted in this shade.
I’m excited to dive in and show you why Accessible Beige might be the perfect neutral shade for your home.
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A Brief History of Beige
In case you didn’t know, beige is back!
Beige tones were popular during the 1990s, and reached their peak in the early 2000s. Why? This was the era of mass-produced homes. Builders knew that beige interiors helped houses sell for the highest possible prices, and the term “builder’s beige” was born.
With the rise in popularity of HGTV, beiges started to fall out of fashion. White and gray shades began to reign supreme as the most desirable neutrals.
As we all know, trends are cyclical, and beiges are once again having a moment. This time, they are softer, more complex and less yellow than the shades homeowners shunned over the past decade or so. In the past, I’ve had no problem saying I’m not a fan of beige. But this one…it’s not so bad! In fact, it’s very pretty in the right spaces.
What Color is Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige?
For those hesitant to dip their toes in the world of beige, Accessible Beige is a safe choice. It’s also a great shade for greige and beige lovers, and I’ll tell you why.
Though it’s a light, warm beige, there’s a bit of gray in it. It lacks the yellow tinge that makes beiges of the past look overly warm, dark, and dingy. So while it is a warm color, there’s enough counterpoint in its undertones to keep it from looking too warm.
There’s also the slightest hint of a green undertone that is most prominent in southern-facing rooms, or when paired with light pink and terracotta shades.
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LRV of SW 7036
ACCESSIBLE BEIGE LRV = 58
Here’s a quick overview of LRV for those who aren’t familiar.
LRV = Light Reflectance Value: Paints are rated from 0-100 with 0 being pure black, and 100 being pure white. Lighter paint shades REFLECT more light from them and therefore have a HIGHER LRV, and vice versa for darker shades). Below see Accessible Beige (58) side by side with pure white (100):
Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige Color Comparison
To understand the undertones of SW Accessible Beige and overall color profile, it’s best to compare it with a few other similar neutrals. Below, you can see it alongside Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray, Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, and Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige.
Accessible Beige vs. Agreeable Gray
As the name suggests, Agreeable Gray (LRV 60) has more gray in it than Accessible Beige (LRV 58). When shown side by side with Agreeable Gray, the creamy warmth of Accessible Beige really becomes apparent. With an LRV of 60, Agreeable Gray is a touch lighter.
Agreeable Gray is still slightly warmer than a true gray, and most will consider it a greige or even a beige, but it is certainly cooler than Accessible Beige.
Accessible Beige vs. Revere Pewter
Revere Pewter (LRV 55) is also slightly grayer than Accessible Beige (LRV 58), and has some greenish undertones. At an LRV of 55, Revere Pewter is a bit too dark for my taste. In low light situations, this will only be exacerbated. Accessible Beige might add just the right of warmth to a darker space.
Accessible Beige vs. Balanced Beige
Truly a beautiful beige, Balanced Beige is aptly named. It is worth noting that with an LRV of 46, Balanced Beige is considerably darker than Accessible Beige (LRV 58). While some might describe Balanced Beige simply as a darker version of Accessible Beige, others might consider it part of the taupe family.
More Paint Colors to Consider
Before we dig into Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige, I thought to point out that there are so many other incredible shades out there!
My recommendation is you pick a few of these paint colors as potentials shades, buy the sample can, and swatch your walls to see which one is truly right for YOU and YOUR SPACE.
Each of these posts breaks down everything you need to know about the shade, plus gives several examples of how it looks in real homes!
- Gray Owl (Benjamin Moore)
- Light French Gray (Sherwin Williams)
- Light Pewter (Benjamin Moore)
- Repose Gray (Sherwin Williams)
- Agreeable Gray (Sherwin Williams)
- Pale Oak (Benjamin Moore)
- Stonington Gray (Benjamin Moore)
- Anew Gray (Sherwin Williams)
- Classic Gray (Benjamin Moore)
- Alpaca (Sherwin Williams)
- Dorian Gray (Sherwin Williams)
- Chelsea Gray (Benjamin Moore)
- See the ENTIRE paint color series HERE (Considering something other than gray? Definitely check out the whole series!)
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28 Real Life Homes Using Accessible Beige
Ready to see Accessible Beige on some real walls?! Let’s get to it!
1. Accessible Beige Color Review | Rugh Design
In this bright and airy open concept living space, Accessible Beige is used on the living room walls to define it as a separate room from the white kitchen. Rugh Design did a wonderful job adding dimension here, and the shade looks wonderful with white trim and natural wood beams.
2. A Case for SW Accessible Beige | A Lovely Living
Similarly, in this space by A Lovely Living, Accessible Beige on the living room walls helps the white cabinets to pop. The wall color also complements the brown leather and wood color scheme quite nicely.
3. Paint Colour in Review: Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige SW 7036 | Kyle M. Interiors
I strongly encourage you to click the link above, because the before and after transformation in this living room featured by Kyle M. Interiors is quite stunning. The old shade was a yellowish beige that appeared dark and dingy, even in daylight. An update with Accessible Beige made a huge difference in brightening up the space.
4. Accessible Beige, the best warm neutral for your home | Home Like You Mean It
I am in love with this bright, gorgeous space featured on Home Like You Mean It. Here, Accessible Beige acts as a clean and light neutral, adding just enough warm color to contrast with the pure white trim and fireplace. It’s a perfect pairing for the warm, natural wood accents, and allows for the black sconces to really pop.
5. Living Room Painted in SW Accessible Beige | The Painted Drawer
In this cozy living room featured in The Painted Drawer, the historic fireplace, painted pure white, makes a dramatic statement. Painting the walls Accessible Beige allows it to be the focal point of the space.
This gorgeous sitting room featured by stage.and.prosper is thoughtfully styled. Accessible Beige takes on a subdued and elegant role, allowing the orange accent pieces and greenery to really shine.
Accessible Beige takes on an air of luxury in this Santo Domingo sitting room. The clean, modern lines of the sliding glass door are softened by the color of the walls and light blue throw pillows, bringing balance and coziness to this sophisticated space.
8. 9 Beautiful Beige Paints | Moonefield Interiors
The pairing of soft white on the trim and Accessible Beige on the paneled walls is absolute perfection in this cozy entryway. I love how warm and creamy the shade looks in this lighting.
9. Accessible Beige Color Review | Rugh Design
In contrast to the Moonefield Interiors entryway above, Accessible Beige looks cooler in this clean and simply styled bathroom. This shade is the perfect choice for a calming neutral in this lighting.
Doesn’t this bathroom just take your breath away? Accessible Beige is the perfect color for the paneling behind the vanity, and looks stunning in contrast to the adjacent marbled wall. Throw in dramatic black diamond tile and a couple of gold sconces and you have a bathroom fit for royalty!
Here’s a smart refresh if I ever saw one! In this feature from laceandgraceinteriors, the homeowners painted the vanity and cabinets Accessible Beige, giving this bathroom an update without the hefty price tag of a full remodel. The result is clean and fresh, and a unique combination of modern and classic styles.
Accessible Beige was the perfect match for the reclaimed wood look in this quintessentially Texas-style bathroom! The shade of the wall blends in perfectly with the rustic accents.
Talk about serene. Accessible Beige complements the floor and wall tile, which has a natural stone look. Together, these shades create definite spa vibes.
14. The Best Neutral Paint Color | Julie Blanner
What’s the best way to let a white crystal chandelier be the star of the dining room? By painting the walls in a sophisticated neutral like Accessible Beige, of course.
This dining room featured by breezydesigns went all out with the coastal theme. Accessible Beige was a smart choice for the walls, creating a neutral backdrop for the white furniture and aqua decor.
The lighting in this stately, traditional dining room brings out an interesting richness in the walls. The shade takes on a warm and creamy hue, but still looks neutral.
The lighting in this dining room brings out its cooler side, exposing some gray undertones. The warm wood of the rustic-industrial dining table somehow both contrasts and compliments the wall shade.
When aiming for elegance, you really can’t go wrong with a neutral palette. The beautiful chandelier in this dining room really warms up the shade of the walls.
19. Belgian-Inspired Farmhouse | Home Bunch
This Belgian-inspired farmhouse kitchen really nailed this color combination. Accessible Beige on the walls adds depth against the white cabinets, but the dark grey backsplash and dark countertops push the envelope even further. So beautiful!
I love a work-in-progress post! It really brings transparency to the interior design process, which we can all use, right? Here, Lindsey of immeasurablymorehomes debates if the cabinet colors are a good match against the subway tile backsplash. I think we can all agree that Accessible Beige is a great neutral choice for the walls, though!
Here’s an example of Accessible Beige on kitchen cabinets! It’s so interesting how gray this shade can look in certain lighting. It’s a great choice for this cool-toned kitchen.
Here, you only get the tiniest peek of wall color, but it’s enough to tell that yet again, it’s the right amount of contrast against white trim and cabinets.
23. You Need to Know These Two Neutral Paint Colors | Love Now Sell Later
Accessible Beige is perfect for a serene bedroom vibe. In this bedroom featured by Love Now Sell Later, the designer did an amazing job styling with white and neutral shades. I love how the black framed windows pop against this palette.
This before and after post by ephdecor is like a masterclass in interior design. They used the cheetah print rug as a statement piece and starting point, designing everything else in the room around it. What do you think of Accessible Beige as a wall color choice in this spare bedroom?
Accessible Beige helps contribute a clean and modern twist to this lovely farmhouse style bedroom. Those throw pillows from Target are the perfect finishing touch!
This before and after post from nicheandcranny shows how to make the most of natural light in a room. Accessible Beige brightened up the walls of this formerly green bedroom. Add a large potted plant and you have a recipe for a truly relaxing sanctuary!
I’m really loving this modern take on farmhouse style that I’ve been seeing more and more of lately. This all-neutral bedroom is anything but boring with the right accents. The black fan, window frames and fun throw pillow all pop against this beige palette.
Here’s another winning combo of Accessible Beige, white, and aqua from breezydesigns!
Did you enjoy this deep dive into Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige? I think these 28 real-life examples showed it being used in a variety of smart and beautiful ways! I hope this helped you decide whether this versatile neutral is the right choice for your next project.
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