Use this collection of the best beige paint colors to help you find that perfect shade for your home among the sea of options!
Do you remember the beige paint of the ‘90s building boom, often referred to as “builder’s beige” (because every new home builder was slapping it on the walls to sell quickly)?
Beige paint has been an interior home color go-to for decades now, but it’s come a LONG way from that boring beige that was WAY too yellow!
It didn’t take too long for people to start to hate that builder’s beige color, so the interior design world did what it always does and shifted toward another neutral color. Suddenly people everywhere were embracing various shades of gray.
After a while, gray started getting boring, but people still wanted neutral colors, so paint companies developed greige hues (think of gray and beige getting together and having a baby). Greige is the best of both worlds, right?
Yep, but there’s a shift happening again.
Beige is back, baby! The popularity of greige colors has renewed the interior design world’s love for beige—just not the ugly yellow builder’s beige.
Now, the world of beige paint colors spans a wide spectrum of depth and undertones! So, which beige hues are perfect for your home? I’ve got you covered!
I’ve devoted an entire series of paint posts that cover many paint-related topics. Some cover a single shade of paint to relay all the information necessary so you can decide whether it’s a keeper to sample in your home.
The goal for other posts is simply to help narrow down the options in a color family to make your list of choices more manageable.
Today, I’m back with another color family post, and this time, the spotlight is shining bright on the best beige paint colors. Let’s dive in and see what the world of beige has to offer!
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Best Beige Paint Colors FAQs
What is the most popular beige paint color?
Accessible Beige is a warm neutral from Sherwin Williams and a runaway favorite for beige paint colors. Homeowners everywhere love its versatility, which leads to its enduring popularity.
Is beige paint in style in 2023?
Although the design world shied away from beige for a while, it’s now embracing this beautiful neutral family again! The wide range of color options, from light creamy tans to richly saturated chocolatey beiges, offers a plethora of choices so you can find the perfect fit for YOUR space.
Where can I use beige paint colors?
You can use them anywhere and everywhere (inside and out) – literally! If you love monochromatic color schemes, you can layer various shades of beige to provide depth and interest. Or, you can pair it with a bold color (may I suggest navy?) for a balanced look.
Beige Paint Undertones
What are undertones? What’s the mass tone (a.k.a., the overtone)? Let’s quickly cover these essential terms. The “overtone” is the overall paint color that you perceive (blue, gray, etc.). Undertones are the subtle nuances that help distinguish one shade from another.
To put it in context, the hint of green you see when looking at a greige is an undertone.
Beige paint colors can have several shades that show themselves, including a yellow, red, brown, or green undertone.
And just like with white, off-white, and light gray or greige colors, lighting exposures and surrounding decor can significantly influence the appearance of beige shades and the undertones that show themselves.
Large paint swatches (these peel-and-stick paint samples are AMAZING) are my go-to method for vetting any colors you like before committing to them. Paint swatches allow you to thoroughly test each shade to make sure you won’t get any surprisingly unpleasant undertones!
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Beige Color Paint Lighting Considerations
Are you wondering how lighting can possibly impact the way your paint appears?
Let’s shine a little “light” (ha!) on the subject and highlight the effects of different types of lighting on beige paint.
- North-facing rooms have cool-toned natural lighting that makes all shades look their darkest and draws out any cool undertones in the color.
- South-facing rooms have consistent warm lighting that’s known for making colors look their best – and a little lighter.
- West-facing rooms have cool light in the morning with warmer light starting in the late afternoon. Most shades appear muted and cooler-toned in the morning but turn warmer in the evening light.
- East-facing rooms face the opposite scenario. When choosing shades for east and west-facing rooms, pick one based on how it appears during the time of day when you mainly use the space.
More Colors to Consider
Although beige paint is returning as an anchor in home decor, it may not necessarily be right for YOUR home. Since beige paint colors can often lean warm, if you want something a little cooler, check out my recommendations for greige paint colors and gray paint colors.
Here are some more great options:
- Shoreline (Benjamin Moore) – a gray-leaning light greige.
- Alpaca (Sherwin Williams) – a cool greige with taupe undertones.
- Drift Of Mist (Sherwin Williams) – a mid-toned greige.
- Chelsea Gray (Benjamin Moore) – a popular medium creamy gray.
- Worldly Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a popular medium greige.
- Agreeable Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a warm light to medium-toned greige.
- Dorian Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a neutral and warm-leaning medium gray.
- Anew Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a warm greige that’s light to medium in depth.
- Revere Pewter (Benjamin Moore) – a popular go-to dark greige.
- Navajo White (Benjamin Moore) – a lovely and timeless, creamy warm white.
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The Top 11 Beige Paint Colors
This list includes a range of hues and shows you different possibilities in the world of beige paint colors. There’s something for everyone here since you’ll find shades on the scale from light to dark.
Each color includes a brief description and a real-life example of how it can appear.
NOTE: There are in-depth paint color reviews for several of these shades. If you want more information about them (including undertone information and more real-life photos), simply click the links provided!
With an LRV (“Light Reflectance Value”) of 58, SW Accessible Beige (SW 7036) is just a tad darker than my ideal LRV of 60 (higher LRVs = lighter, brighter paint colors). It has great depth that never looks too dark, but it also holds its own in bright lighting. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular paint colors from the Sherwin Williams collection.
I’m loving how A Lovely Living used blues and teals in this room to tone down the shades’ warmth as a wall color.
2. Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige
As you may guess from the name of this lovely shade, Balanced Beige (SW 7037) is a nice neutral beige that expertly walks the line between warm and cool.
Although you may not realize it in this example from Little House of Four, it is a darker (and more balanced) version of Accessible Beige with an LRV of 46.
Doesn’t it look stunning in this well-lit family room? It definitely belongs on any list of the best beige paint colors!
Manchester Tan (HC-81) has an LRV of 63, so it has good saturation without being too dark in rooms with low light.
Chrissis and Company Interiors used this very warm beige on the walls in this bedroom, and it works. The depth of this shade is also well balanced by the white furniture.
Kilim Beige (SW 6106) is one of those shades that people tend to love or hate. It’s a very warm beige with an LRV of 57 that has more depth than some people prefer. It also has an orange undertone that can turn people off when it appears.
However, I’ve included it as one of the top beige paint colors because, in the right space (like this one from 320 Sycamore), there’s a lot to love about Kilim Beige!
How about just a hint of beige? If you’re looking for something in the beige family that’s closer to off-white, give Natural Choice (SW 7011) a chance.
With an LRV of 73, it’s light and exudes an airy feeling into any space. It’s close to those creamy whites that are so popular, but not such a high LRV that it reads as white.
Doesn’t it look chic and timeless in this bathroom from Salvaged Inspirations?
6. Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige
Similar to Manchester Tan and Kilim Beige, Shaker Beige (HC-45) can flash pink undertones that can turn some people off. Plus, its LRV of 53 means that it can look too dark in some rooms.
Moreover, if you’re selective about where you use this shade, it can make the space effortlessly elegant, like this dining room from Maison de Cinq. In this space, this warm beige paint color certainly was a great choice.
7. SW Bungalow Beige
Stunning! If you’re searching for a more balanced option in this list of beige paint colors, Bungalow Beige (SW 7511) might be the perfect fit. It also has an LRV of 53 and can appear dark at times, but it shines in well-lit spaces.
As you can see here from Homemade Lovely, this brown-leaning beige has a hint of gray to tone down its warmth. It’s certainly one of the more saturated colors on this list, so using it in a room with lots of natural light is going to be where this shade is most successful.
Natural Linen (SW 9109) is a beige with a strong yellow undertone and a touch of gray to mute it just a tad.
In warm lighting, that yellow undertone can be overpowering for anyone who shies away from yellow. However, as you can see from The Cashmere Gypsy, artificial lighting gives it a soft glow that’s gorgeous.
9. Benjamin Moore Grant Beige
Grant Beige (HC-83) has an LRV of 55 and is one of my personal favorites on this list of the best beige paint colors.
Its gray undertones give it a balanced look that makes it endlessly versatile and beautiful, as you can see here from Just a Girl Blog.
10. Sherwin Williams Wool Skein
Wool Skein (SW 6148) has an LRV of 63, making it similar but slightly darker than Natural Linen.
It’s light and airy, and its yellow undertones give it a soft, creamy look that works nearly anywhere (even when paired with darker beiges) – like this nursery from Makely Home!
11. BM Wind’s Breath
Love! Wind’s Breath (OC-24) has an LRV of 69, putting it right on the border between beige and off-white.
Whatever you want to call it, this great paint color was a great idea for this great room from New River Build!
Put a cork in it, because this list of the best beige paint colors is done! I hope this selection of some of the best options on the market helps you narrow down your list of favorites and makes it easier to choose the right paint colors for your own home!
And if any of these are colors you’re seriously considering, remember the easiest to make sure you’re choosing the best neutral paint colors (or any paint colors, for that matter) is to SAMPLE them!
I highly recommend these peel and stick samples because they are inexpensive, re-usable and re-positionable…
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