Read about Behr Wheat Bread, and see 12 real homes that use it!
Behr Paint’s Wheat Bread (720C-3) is a soft and warm medium greige with gray undertones to make it look creamy, comfortable, and endlessly versatile.
Greige offers the best of both gray and beige. You could say it’s the best of both worlds, Yin and Yang, or better yet – a balanced color.
When you want paint that’s balanced (neither too warm nor too cold) while also being timeless, neutral, and flexible, the greige color family is for you!
If you’re searching for a terrific all-around neutral shade with versatility to spare, I have a hue that will knock your socks off! Behr Wheat Bread is a popular and beautiful greige paint color that hits that neutral sweet spot in all the right ways.
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What color is Wheat Bread?
Wheat Bread (Behr 720C-3) is greige with a gray undertone. Inspired by classic wheat bread, it’s a warm and cozy color that projects comfortable sophistication in a balanced shade that works anywhere.
However, just like all the best greige paint colors, it has some flex in it, so expect it to shift in different lighting situations. But no matter where you use it, the space will feel serene and inviting.
Read on to find out more about this favorite greige hue!
FAQs about Behr Wheat Bread
What are similar colors to Wheat Bread?
Due to differences in the color blending process of each paint company, trying to match paint colors in different brands of paint is next to impossible and will only result in frustration.
However, if you want a similar color to Wheat Bread from a different paint brand, I recommend Sherwin Williams Slumber Sloth or Benjamin Moore’s Smokey Taupe.
Is Behr’s Wheat Bread warm or cool?
Wheat Bread is a soft and balanced shade that leans ever so slightly warm thanks to its beige base. Since it has both warm and cool tones, you’ll definitely notice it flex toward either end of the spectrum based on the lighting exposure.
Where should I use Behr Wheat Bread?
Let Wheat Bread add gorgeous depth and timelessness to your:
Walls (everywhere from hallways to family rooms and in between)
Accents (board and batten, built-ins, etc.)
Cabinets (kitchen, laundry room)
Interior and exterior doors
Thanks to its versatility, Wheat Bread looks right at home in traditional, French country, transitional, modern farmhouse, coastal, minimalist, and mid-century modern home styles.
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Behr Wheat Bread Undertones
When people talk about a shade being balanced, they often refer to the balance between warm and cool tones. Although that applies to Wheat Bread, I think it’s also worth noting that this beautiful shade is hugely popular because its undertones are also balanced!
There aren’t any hidden unpleasant pink, purple, yellow, or orange undertones to avoid. That said, you may occasionally notice a very faint green undertone that can appear thanks to influence from decor or green landscaping through a window.
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How Different Types of Lighting Affect Behr’s Wheat Bread
As sure as the sun comes up in the morning, moves across the sky, and sets in the evening, the lighting it projects changes. And, believe it or not, perpetually shifting light exposure has a huge impact on how paint reads.
EVERY paint color will change to some degree throughout the day. It’s your job to figure out which shades will work for your home and which ones won’t (so make sure you sample).
Here’s a rundown of how different light exposures will change how Behr Wheat Bread appears.
- North-facing light – Hello, calm and cool vibes! Cool, shadowy, northern lighting will pull Wheat Bread’s gray undertones forward and make it look its darkest.
- South-facing light – Hello, warm and cozy! On the other hand, bright, warm southern exposure will lighten and soften Wheat Bread and pull its beige undertones forward.
- West-facing light – shadowy early before shifting to warm-tinted later in the day; western exposure will show both sides of Wheat Bread.
- East-facing light – eastern exposure goes through the same shift (in the opposite order) as western lighting. Expect Wheat Bread to look warm and soft in the morning before shifting toward the cool, gray side of the spectrum in the afternoon.
When to Avoid Behr Wheat Bread
One of the reasons I love this shade is because of its versatility.
That said, this color may be darker than you think. If you’re considering using this shade in a space without a lot of incoming natural light, be careful. It may make the room darker and more cave-like than you want.
Also, greiges (and Wheat Bread is no exception) rarely pair well with yellows because the gray undertones can make greige shades appear dingy.
Finally, if you want to steer clear of the green undertones I mentioned above, avoid using this shade in areas where large windows let in lots of green-reflected light from landscaping, grass, or trees. However, this shade does often look great when paired with green paint colors!
Great Coordinating Colors for Wheat Bread
Wheat Bread’s flexibility means that you can use it with many other colors, including creamy whites, tans, browns, blacks, darker greiges (or grays or beiges), greens, blues, and even a few pinks and purples.
And when choosing hardware or metal accents, this shade looks stunning with brushed brass, matte black, chrome, and brushed nickel finishes!
Love texture? Add it in because Wheat Bread works well with other textures and accents such as wood, wicker, baskets, rattan, rugs, and more.
If you need a few ideas for specific colors that coordinate with Behr Wheat Bread, try:
- Blackberry Jam
- Native Soil
- Cotton Sheets
- Flax Straw
- Swiss Coffee
- Urban Raincoat
- Espresso Beans
- Standing Ovation
- Dolphin Fin
- Eiffel For You
- Oakwood Brown
- Autumn Malt
- Ocean Swell
- Gauntlet Gray
- Pensive Sky
- Irish Mist
- Tranquil Retreat
- Classic Gray
- Beloved Pink
- Chelsea Gray
Interior Paint Sheens and Finishes
Finding the right paint finish is crucial for any surface you paint, whether it’s the heart of your home kitchen or low-traffic bedrooms.
If you want the perfect interior paint job for your home, here are the different paint finishes available on the market to help you find the sheen of your choice.
- High gloss – although it creates a durable and easy-to-clean surface (no more grime!), high gloss paint is notorious for showing less-than-perfect surfaces and a shiny appearance.
- Semi-gloss – this sheen is great for high-humidity environments (like bathrooms), small spaces, and rooms with low levels of light.
- Satin – this finish falls in the middle of the sheen spectrum and is the most popular option. Satin offers color rub-off resistance when you wash it and is ideal for a wide variety of surfaces and high-traffic areas.
- Eggshell – the slight sheen of eggshell lets you know it’s more durable than flat paint, but it can only withstand gentle scrubbing.
- Flat (or matte) – most people love a luxurious flat sheen, but it’s not ideal for every surface. Flat paint’s matte sheen hides the appearance of minor surface imperfections, but I only recommend using it in low-traffic areas since it can only withstand minimal washing without losing paint coverage.
In other words, the perfect sheen will meet all your precise paint needs!
Unless you want to do the two-step dance of priming your walls before painting them (no, thank you!), get self-priming paint because it will provide excellent coverage and reduce the need for multiple coats of paint!
And if that’s not enough, Behr’s thick paint formulation means that each gallon covers a significant surface area.
Put those factors together, and you’ll save time with this super easy application process. Time-saving? Yes, please!
LRV of Behr Wheat Bread (720C-3)
LRV (or Light Reflectance Value) is a scale that measures the reflection of light a color has, with 0 being totally black and 100 being totally white.
The LRV of Behr Wheat Bread = 56
Behr Wheat Bread is slightly darker than my ideal (LRV 60), so it provides depth and saturation, even in a brightly lit room. Though it will appear lighter and brighter with a lot of natural light, it won’t look off-white.
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Wheat Bread Compared to Other Colors
How does Wheat Bread compare to other pale greige paints on the market? It’s time to find out!
Behr Wheat Bread vs. Agreeable Gray
I want to begin by comparing Wheat Bread with the ever-popular Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray (SW 7029). These two shades are close in depth, but I find Agreeable Gray’s LRV of 60 to be a little more, shall we say, agreeable (ha!).
In addition to the differences in saturation levels, Agreeable Gray looks grayer than Wheat Bread. So, even though both of these shades are a good balance between gray and beige, Agreeable Gray once again takes the medal for agreeableness!
Behr Wheat Bread vs. Revere Pewter
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (HC-172) is just a smidge darker with an LRV of 55.51. Both of these greiges are very popular shades that create a comfortable and inviting ambiance.
Revere Pewter has a mild green undertone and tends to work better as a wall color, while I find Wheat Bread to be much more versatile.
Behr Wheat Bread vs. Sculptor Clay
Behr’s Sculptor Clay (PPU5-8) is basically Behr’s version of Revere Pewter and also has an LRV of 55. Wheat Bread leans ever so slightly more gray (and versatile) compared to Sculptor Clay’s stronger beige/brown tones. Great color name, isn’t it?
More Colors to Consider
See why Wheat Bread is one of my go-to greige colors? If you haven’t yet decided whether this shade is a great fit for your home, check out these terrific alternatives!
- Chelsea Gray (Benjamin Moore) – a warm, dark gray.
- Mindful Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a warm gray with taupe undertones.
- Gray Owl (Benjamin Moore) – an unassuming classic light gray.
- Repose Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a popular warm mid-toned greige.
- Edgecomb Gray (Benjamin Moore) – a popular greige that leans beige.
- Perfect Greige (Sherwin Williams) – I think the name covers it – what more is there to say?
- City Loft (Sherwin Williams) – a light and neutral greige.
- Worldly Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a flexible, chameleon greige.
- Dorian Gray (Sherwin Williams) – warm, mid-toned gray.
- Balanced Beige (Sherwin Williams) – a saturated, warm-leaning greige
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12 Real Life Homes Using Behr Wheat Bread
It’s time to see this color spring into action! Let’s check out 12 gorgeous real-life examples of Wheat Bread that show how it really looks in a range of lighting and decor options.
Wheat Bread Paint in Living Rooms
Sheen note: Picking the right color is only winning the battle, not the war. Remember to pick the right paint finish, or sheen, also! Read up on what you need to know about picking the perfect paint sheen.
1. Tranquil Neutral
If you need a neutral color that will add a calming vibe to your family area, I think this example from Jordan Plus Kate shows the magic of Wheat Bread (and greiges in general). It looks equally amazing with wood tones and the gray couch!
2. Flexes in Different Lighting
Take a close look at the different walls in this room from The Frugal Homemaker.
The closest wall (on the left of the image) looks grayer with a hint of green, while the stairway wall on the right side of the image leans beige in the warmer light.
3. Balanced Greige
Gray? Beige? Both! This room from Knight Moves Blog looks beige in the direct light and gray in the shadows.
The crazy thing is that they’re next to each other throughout the image to create a velvety appearance!
4. Tastefully Traditional
This room from Natalie Nassar Designs showcases how appealing this shade can be for traditional family rooms. It’s inviting and warm…especially in spaces with great natural lighting, like this one.
Kitchen and Dining Spaces Using Behr Wheat Bread
For kitchens, eggshell or satin are popular finish choices for walls. For cabinets consider semi-gloss or high gloss for the most durable finish (and a gorgeous glow).
5. Timeless Elegance
Although Wheat Bread has great depth, it looks light and airy (with just enough saturation) both on the kitchen walls and living room walls in this space from Natalie Nassar Designs (Yes! It’s in the same house we just looked at). And this shade can make dining rooms look just as amazing as kitchens!
6. Cozy and Inviting
The warm lighting in this dining room from Christina Goldsmith brings forward Wheat Bread’s beige side and warm undertones. Simple and stunning (and aren’t those blue curtains great?)!
Behr Wheat Bread in Bedrooms
In general for bedrooms, and low-traffic areas, flat paint is fine. If you like something with a bit of shine (and more ease of cleaning) opt for eggshell or satin.
7. Hint of Green
It takes just the right circumstances to pull forward the green undertones. This bedroom from Live Love DIY has it all. Lighting? Green influence in the decor? Check and check!
I love this shade for all bedrooms, including kids’ rooms.
8. Leans Gray in Cool Lighting
Wheat Bread looks gray in this example from Sypsie, thanks to the cool lighting and monochromatic color palette. I love how light, airy, and chic it looks!
Behr Wheat Bread Bathrooms
Don’t forget the finish! For bathrooms the perfect sheen is either an eggshell or satin. Why? We’ll tell you in this post about paint sheen.
9. Sophisticated Greige
This bathroom from Loveland Lodge looks amazing. The beige contrasts beautifully with the white trim and white tile, while the dark open shelving, basket, and plant give this space a spa-like feel.
10. Creamy Neutral
Now this is what I would call a pearl-like finish! It isn’t often that I would use the word “creamy” to describe Wheat Bread, but this bathroom from Sharing Sisterhood Blog is definitely creamy with a side of beige!
11. Flexible and Versatile
The top reason homeowners love greige paint colors is that they look incredible in different types of lighting and with a wide variety of other colors.
Check out the colors in this bathroom from Stop Staring and Stop Sewing – and they all look great together!
Other Spaces and Places Using Wheat Bread Paint
12. Warm Neutral Home Office
Beige with a hint of gray or gray with a hint of beige? No matter how you choose to describe this home office from Sarah Jean Melito (for the record, it reads gray with a hint of beige), it’s classic and will never go out of style.
13. Adorable Entry Area
Woven Home displays beige Wheat Bread walls and white accents. How amazing is that closet-turned-reading-bench?
14. Sophisticated Spaces
I adore how charming this foyer (again from Natalie Nassar Designs) is…inviting guests into a home where they can automatically exhale and feel comfortable. This shade pulls everything together, wrapping it up in a happy bow.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to paint your entire house in a new paint color? Maybe Behr Wheat?
Well listen, before you run out and buy 5 gallons, eager to give your house that brand new look…remember that to get the best results, you’ll want to SAMPLE FIRST. Why? Because actual paint colors in your home will behave differently than they do on a computer screen. Trust me. Don’t skip the sampling step!
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