Read all about Kilim Beige, plus see 20+ real homes that use it!
Sherwin William Kilim Beige (SW 6106) is a popular beige that works impeccably well in homes with warmer decor styles. It is definitely a warm, true beige or light tan, and not a greige. There are no cool undertones in this color.
On the Sherwin Williams website, Kilim Beige is classified as an orange paint color, which seems strange. It does have an orange base, but it doesn’t scream “orange.” On its own, it’s a beautiful, creamy color that looks like a delicious iced latte.
What Color is Kilim Beige?
What’s nice about Kilim Beige is that it doesn’t have a yellow base, so you don’t get the same level of yellow undertones that you get with many beiges. It has more of an orange base, with a tiny bit of red peeking through. This gives it lovely, warm pink undertones which makes it a perfect pairing for decor styles with a little bit of pink (think terra-cotta tile, etc.).
Using Kilim Beige Paint in Your Home
While this is a popular color, there are a few things that you should take into consideration before using SW Kilim Beige in your home. Though it complements warmer decor styles, it does not pair well with gold-beige fabrics and yellow-beige carpets. It will make those textiles look either too intensely yellow or dingy and old.
Earthy undertones also do not pair well with Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige. You’ll want to stick to rich, warm woods that have a hint of red.
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Kilim Beige brings a nice balance to the cool blue or gray light of North-facing rooms. However, you’ll want to be careful with South-facing rooms. Since these rooms tend to fill with warm afternoon sunshine, it can make Kilim Beige look very warm and golden.
Depending on your decor and taste, you might like this effect, but you may not. As always, I strongly suggest painting a test swatch in your room of choice.
When choosing a trim color, opt for a warm white, as cool whites will offset the balance. Just be sure there is not too much of a yellow undertone in the white shade.
Just to show you how much this shade can change, scroll up and take a look at the swatch in the pin image above. Compare it with this image below. Yes, it’s the same exact paint swatch. The only difference is the warm vs cool background and the lighting. Crazy, isn’t it?
LRV of Kilim Beige (SW 6106)
First, here are the “numerical” details, or the LRV:
KILIM BEIGE LRV = 57
LRV = Light Reflectance Value: Rated 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 Kilim Beige (57) side by side with pure white (100):
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Kilim Beige Paint Compared to Other Colors
Kilim Beige has an LRV of 57, which means it is certainly not a light, bright and airy color. It’s very rich and has some weight. As I tend to prefer colors lighter than 60 in my home, I strongly recommend taking a deep dive into its color profile to be sure it’s right for you before taking the plunge. Let’s look at SW Kilim Beige compared to other popular colors.
Kilim Beige vs Accessible Beige
Accessible Beige, also by Sherwin Williams, is slightly lighter on the Light Reflectance Value scale, with an LRV of 58 (again, Kilim Beige is 57). By comparison, Accessible Beige has more gray undertones and can be considered a griege, whereas Kilim Beige cannot.
While Accessible Beige pairs very well with cooler and gray colors and darker woods, Kilim Beige looks best with warm colors and warm, medium-toned woods.
Softer Tan vs Kilim Beige
Sherwin Williams Softer Tan (LRV 60) and Kilim Beige (LRV 58) are very close in terms of both LRV and warmth. While Softer Tan is a lighter shade, it shares a lot of similarities with Kilim Beige in that it pairs well with warm white trim.
Softer Tan is often described as a true tan, free of pink or yellow undertones, and is a popular tan paint color. It is noticeably less pink than Kilim Beige and can be paired with neutral-to-cool taupes.
Canvas Tan vs Kilim Beige
With an LRV of 64, Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan is considerably lighter than Kilim Beige (LRV 58). It has an airiness about it, whereas Kilim Beige is rich with some weight.
Canvas Tan is cool enough to pair well with dark gray shades, but it doesn’t have enough gray undertones to be considered a greige. It’s a true, light beige. It lacks any trace of yellow undertones and has the tiniest hint of blues and pinks coming through.
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Real Life Homes Using Kilim Beige
Let’s dig in! Here are homes from around the internet that use Kilim Beige. I hope this gives you a better idea of what you could expect, but that said…
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1. Warm, but Balanced
Kilim Beige is the right pick for this Tuscan-style bathroom from Decorpad, which boasts an array of brown and tan shades. It complements the warmth of the space without looking too warm or yellow. Notice how the dusty blue accents in the shower tile bring out a perfect balance of warm and cool tones in the overall decor scheme.
2. Warm, Welcoming Bathroom Space
Here in this space shared by Made by Mood, you can see a lot of warmth: warm vanity lighting, warm wood, warm gold accents, warm Tuscon tile and warm colors in the rug.
Kilim Beige looks just lovely in the glow of the recessed lighting! The natural, cool light coming through the window along with the green fern adds just the right amount of coolness to balance the space.
3. Beige, But Not Dated
This bathroom featured by Kylie M. Interiors is a masterclass in neutral decorating. The overall look is neither too warm nor too cool.
The cool, dark brown shades in the mosaic backsplash tie in with the oil-rubbed bronze hardware, and the Kilim Beige walls match the stonework tile perfectly. Gold picture frames and warm wood brings everything into balance.
4. Perfect Neutral Backdrop
What a lovely, bright and fresh space! Kilim Beige creates a creamy, neutral backdrop for this bathroom. Again, this room maintains a perfect balance between warm (pinky-beige countertops) and cool (brushed nickel hardware).
I love how the green accents and foliage pop against the neutral backdrop and play into a natural, garden theme.
5. Nice Contrast with White Shiplap
Kilim Beige was a lovely pick for the walls of this farmhouse-modern home. It adds a nice level of contrast next to the white shiplap walls in the bathroom, where you can clearly see the pink undertones peeking through.
Kilim Beige complements the warm wood mirror frame perfectly.
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).
6. Brilliant Beige Color in a Kitchen
I just love this bright and airy kitchen shared at The Home Colorsite! Warm white cabinets and marbled backsplash and countertops dominate this classic space, but Kilim Beige on the walls and ceiling add a lovely rosiness (and you can see the pretty pink undertones here, too).
7. Kilim Beige Kitchen Wall Color
320 Sycamore shares an understated country kitchen look with Kilim Beige SW 6106 walls, white cabinetry, white backsplash, and a creamy pinkish-gray countertop. The wall color merely serves as a neutral backdrop. The dusty blue door adds a subtle accent that brings a warm-cool balance to the room.
8. Depth of Color, but not Overly Dramatic
This open concept room shared at Home and Living Decor has a great balance of shades here, with the warm Kilim Beige walls, warm wood flooring, cool tile backsplash and blue decor accents. White trim and cabinetry keep everything grounded so as not to be overwhelmed with color.
9. Accentuates Warmth of Wood
Here’s a great example of how wonderfully Kilim Beige complements warm woods. It also adds a lovely, interesting contrast with the white trim and built-in cabinets. Beautiful!
10. Neutral Kitchen Palette
What a unique space! Since there are so many interesting shapes – the window, industrial light fixture and dumbwaiter-style built-in shelving unit – it’s best to go neutral with the paint color. Kilim Beige was a great candidate as it lends a historical flair without looking too dated.
11. Kilim Beige Cabinets
Here’s a fun twist: Kilim Beige on the cabinets instead of the walls. I avoided mentioning it before because it really isn’t evident until you pair it with green (as with this geometric backsplash), but sometimes this shade teases the slightest hint of green undertones.
12. Fabulous Foyer Color
This warm wood banister in a graceful, sweeping shape, warm white trim, and cheery blue and turquoise accents make Kilim Beige a no-brainer in this sophisticated entryway and hallway from Moonfield Interiors.
13. Welcoming Entryway
Suddenly the Game of Thrones theme song has popped into my head, but instead of a Song of Fire and Ice, it’s a song of warmth and cool. That seems to be a common theme in this post!
Here, we have cool grayish-brown doors, white trim and wainscoting, and beautiful wood flooring that has both warm and cool qualities to it. Kilim Beige adds an extra layer of warmth that balances the whole space.
14. Great Color in a Neutral Family Room
This may be one of my favorite uses of this color. It’s a perfectly balanced, neutral space via Rugh Design with a very cool feeling, likely attributed to the light pouring through the windows. This designer managed to find a rug that matches the wall color perfectly: as mentioned before, no easy feat. The sliding wood doors and cow skin chair stand out and bring a warm balance to the space.
15. Pretty with Pink
What a pretty sitting room from Davenport Design! I love that the dominant color scheme here is pink but not too pink. The tastefully selected accents – throw pillows and gorgeous bohemian rug – bring out subtle rosy undertones in the walls. Moreover, the unique carved wood art pieces (which match the wood flooring perfectly) and cream-colored loveseats are a match made in heaven for Kilim Beige.
16. Coordinates with Bold Neutrals
Again, Kilim Beige is the glue that holds the cool-toned and bold mosaic fireplace and warm wood accents together.
17. Beige, but not Boring
This is a no-nonsense room, and Kilim Beige makes decorating easy. It pairs well with the rich, warm wooden flooring and warm white curtains. The simple black furniture and accents are all just icing on the cake.
18. Beige Hue Family Done Fantastically
This space, filled with warm light, is surprisingly light and airy. This is how you do beige right. Kilim Beige happens to be a flattering compliment to the fireplace tile, carpet, and furniture. There are no dingy yellow undertones anywhere, and the warm wood accents give the space dimension.
19. Inviting Entertainment Space
Sometimes your wall paint color is better off unnoticed. In the case of this stunning TV room, the cherrywood cabinets and wooden ceiling beams needed to be the stars of the show.
Kilim Beige merely provides a warm backdrop for the fireplace and warm wood accents. This room looks so cozy, I want to snuggle up and watch James Bond right now!
20. Rich DIning Room Hue
This lavish dining room found at Home Bunch is fit for a queen! Kilim Beige allows the intricate architectural detailing to stand out without being too intrusive.
Again, warm white proves to be a perfect trim pairing. The result is soft and complementary to the curtains and warm wood furniture.
21. When Looking For Neutral Colors…Look no Further
With the rustic farmhouse wood table and white chalk-painted Tolix chairs, Kilim Beige was an easy call in this dining room.
22. Can Appear Antique White on an Exterior
Here’s our one and only example of Kilim Beige as exterior paint. Notice how neutral it looks, allowing the warm stonework and black trim to stand out.
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.
23. Marvelous Contrast with White Molding
Time and again, blue proves to be a great pairing to Kilim Beige. This cozy bedroom dances a delicate dance between warm and cool. And the contrast with the white trim molding is great. Not too much, not too little.
24. Perfect Pairing for a Serene Bedroom
Lastly, here’s another rare example of Kilim Beige paired with green! In this grand bedroom, the effect is subtle, and the pistachio-colored paint of the walls along with the green in the curtain actually allows the shade to take on a creamy, pinkish hue.
There you have it! Kilim Beige, with all its rich, bold personality, is shown in real-life examples, each one unique. What do you think? Would this shade work well in your own home?
And if this is a color you’re seriously considering, remember paint-sampling is better than ending up paint-sorry! I highly recommend these peel and stick samples because they are inexpensive, re-usable and re-positionable…
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