Neutrals are all well and good. Like Switzerland, they don’t pick fights. They stay out of the fray. Neutrals are appealing because they tend to get along well with others.
But sometimes? Well, the flip side of neutral is, well, blah.
So the question is this: Could Sherwin Williams Natural Tan be the warm (but not too warm), light (but not too bright), inviting (but not overwhelming) beigey-tan paint tone of your dreams? Or is it just kinda ho-hum?
We’ll help you get your answer in this latest and greatest article of our paint color series where we explore undertones, coordinating colors, compare this shade to some of its closest paint “relatives” and show examples in real homes to help you decide if it’s the right color for your own home.
And today, we’re taking a look at SW Natural Tan.
If you want a color that exudes warmth and coziness, Natural Tan could be an excellent choice. It’s a tan hue that has warmth to make your space feel inviting.
That said, this color looks like a darker color than many may desire when the lighting conditions are low…so you’ll want to proceed with caution.
Natural Tan Color Intro & The Challenges of Neutrals
One of the best things about Natural Tan is its versatility. Not only does it fit well in traditional and classic homes, but it also looks great in more contemporary spaces.
Because it’s a neutral color, it pairs nicely with almost any accent color you choose.
SW 7567, aka Natural Tan, can (possibly) be used in any room of the house. In the bedroom, it creates a cozy and relaxing atmosphere. In the living room, it provides a warm and inviting vibe. And in the kitchen or dining room, it pairs beautifully with wooden accents and other natural materials.
Here’s the skinny on Sherwin Williams Natural Tan to help make choosing your next neutral paint color just that much easier.
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Sherwin Williams Natural Tan FAQ’s
What color is Sherwin Williams Natural Tan?
Sherwin Williams Natural Tan (SW 7567) is a warm and earthy tan color with subtle yellow undertones. It is a versatile and inviting shade that creates a cozy and comforting atmosphere.
Natural Tan works well in a variety of design styles, including traditional, farmhouse, and rustic. It pairs nicely with neutral colors and natural materials, providing a warm and inviting backdrop for your space.
Is Sherwin Williams Natural Tan warm or cool?
Natural Tan is a warm neutral. It’s one of the the Sherwin-Williams company’s best tan paint colors, and we can see why!
This paint color is reminiscent of the earthy tones found in nature, like the softness of fine sand or the golden undertones of autumn leaves. It brings a sense of tranquility and harmony, creating a soothing atmosphere in any room.
What undertones does SW Natural tan have?
Natural Tan has the faintest green-gray undertone that keeps it from appearing overly warm. While it is primarily a warm neutral, it (usually) avoids being too intense or overpowering.
In very cool low natural light, the gray undertones are stronger making it look like a cool color (at least a little bit). On the flip side, in the late afternoon sun, or with artificial lighting/warm lightbulbs, SW Natural Tan is a warm color, highlighting the yellow undertones for sure. Some may even say…too warm.
Where can Natural Tan be used?
Sherwin Williams Natural Tan is a warm, inviting, and versatile color. It can work well in a variety of spaces, from living rooms and bedrooms to hallways and dining areas.
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Undertones of Natural Tan
Undertones are sometimes seen as a challenge to overcome when choosing paint colors. However, since they are the direct result of the paint-mixing process, there’s no way to avoid them.
With that in mind, I think it’s important to arm yourself with knowledge, so you understand the undertones of any paint color you like. Having knowledge in hand makes the process of picking a new color for your home easier and more efficient since you won’t be dealing with any surprises after you’ve committed.
Let’s take a look at SW Natural Tan’s undertones. This shade definitely falls into the yellow color family; however, this shade isn’t as tricky as you think.
Since it’s neutral and very subtle, its undertones reflect the same. Occasionally, you may see touches of greenish undertones, but nothing too stark.
Use paint swatches (my personal favorite type? These peel and stick paint samples!) to help you know EXACTLY how your lighting and nearby decor will impact the appearance of your favorite colors.
How Different Types of Lighting Affect SW Natural Tan
Different lighting situations play with undertones in varying ways. Here’s a basic idea of how you can expect Natural Tan to read based on natural lighting.
- North-facing light – northern light is cool and blue-tinted, so it will bring out the grayer side in SW Natural Tan.
- South-facing light – warm light from the south will draw out its warmth even more while possibly adding hints of yellow to the room.
- East-facing light – east-facing rooms have warm yellow light in the morning and cool, passive light in the afternoon. That shifting light might cause Natural Tan to appear rich and yellow in the morning and grayer in the afternoon.
- West-facing light – west-facing rooms have the opposite lighting situation of east-facing rooms since the light is cool and passive in the morning but very warm in the evening. You may find that Natural Tan looks grayer or flatter in the mornings and warmer in the afternoon.
Great Coordinating Colors for Natural Tan
Sherwin Williams Natural Tan would be an excellent choice to add a neutral vibe to any room.
Because this paint color is so neutral, it matches with just about anything and doesn’t give off too many funky undertones and vibes.
There are so many colors that look terrific with Natural Tan, which only adds to its insane popularity. Need some ideas?
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LRV of Sherwin Williams Natural Tan (SW 7567)
Natural Tan’s mid-range LRV makes it a versatile color that can work with different decorating styles and color schemes.
LRV stands for Light Reflectance Value, and it measures the amount of light that a color reflects or absorbs. The scale goes from 0 (completely absorbs all light) to 100 (completely reflects all light).
The higher the LRV number, the more light is reflected and the brighter a color feels. This is important to consider when choosing paint colors for your home because it can affect how bright or dark a room looks.
The LRV of SW Natural Tan = 65
Natural Tan Compared to Similar Colors
One of the great things about Natural Tan is its versatility when paired with other colors. Because it’s such a chameleon of a paint color, this super hero neutral will do all the heavy lifting for you.
Here are some ideas:
- If you want a bold look, pair Natural Tan with shades of blue or green.
- For a more calming atmosphere, pair it with light shades of gray.
- If you want to add some warmth to your space, pair Natural Tan with shades of orange or reddish-brown.
- For a classic look, pair Natural Tan with white or cream accents.
Let’s compare Sherwin Williams Natural Tan to other popular neutral paint colors and see how it differs.
Natural Tan vs Sherwin Williams Creamy
Sherwin Williams Creamy SW 7012 is one of Sherwin Williams’ most popular shades because of its versatile nature. It’s a rich, creamy, and beautiful off-white hue.
It pairs beautifully with various color schemes, allowing for versatility in design and providing a neutral canvas to showcase your own style.
Natural Tan is a darker and browner neutral with a lower LRV and leans towards a warmer, rustic feel, while Creamy offers a softer, more contemporary vibe.
In my opinion, Creamy is the more versatile of the two shades, though Natural Tan works well in traditional, rustic, or farmhouse-style interiors, creating a relaxed and down-to-earth ambiance.
Natural Tan vs Sherwin Williams Dover White
Sherwin Williams Dover White (SW 6385) is a soft and versatile off-white color. Just like Natural tan, Dover White has a warm undertone with a hint of beige, providing a gentle and subtle backdrop.
Natural Tan creates a warmer and more rustic ambiance, while Dover White offers a neutral and versatile backdrop.
Both options pair well with a wide range of colors, allowing for flexibility and versatility in design choices.
Natural Tan vs Sherwin Williams White Duck
Sherwin Williams White Duck (SW 7010) is off-white with a touch of beige and gray. It has a soft and warm appearance that can create a calming and serene atmosphere. White Duck creates a light and airy feel, making it suitable for spaces that require a brighter and more open look.
Both hues work well in traditional, rustic, or farmhouse-style homes and ideal for a variety of color schemes and decor styles.
More Colors to Consider
I know from experience how tedious choosing new paint colors can be! If you aren’t ready to commit to Natural Tan yet, check out some more of the best neutral beige colors, as well as some gray paint colors that are star sellers, too.
- Agreeable Gray (Sherwin Williams) – the perfect, agreeable gray…or greige, actually
- Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan – best described as a light tan or khaki
- Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige – classified as an orange paint, but it’s a beautiful, creamy shade that looks like a yummy iced latte.
- Repose Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a medium gray
- Crushed Ice (Sherwin Williams) – a light gray with a touch of taupe
- Sherwin Williams Natural Choice – a warm-leaning white paint color
- Big Chill (Sherwin Williams) – a light concrete gray
- Stonington Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a light gray with greenish-blue undertones
- Gray Owl (Benjamin Moore) – light gray with a touch of green
- Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige – Not your grandma’s beige! This is a welcome update to the yellow, dingy buff paint shades of the past
- Drift Of Mist (Sherwin Williams) – a medium to light greige
- Shoreline (Benjamin Moore) – a light gray-leaning greige
- Silver Drop (Behr) – a pale gray with a hint of beige
- Sherwin Williams Natural Linen – a popular, light warm sw beige color
Sherwin Williams Natural Tan is a great choice for those who want a warm and inviting paint color that’s versatile enough to use in any room of the house.
Whether you’re looking to create a contemporary space or a traditional one, this color could fit the bill.
11 Homes Using Sherwin Williams Natural Tan
A quick note here: don’t forget to consider picking the right paint finish…it’s not only about getting the color right! We have an in-depth explanation of choosing sheens here.
Natural Tan Kitchens
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).
1. Kitchen Cabinets
Didn’t these cabinets turn out beautifully? The contrast between Natural Tan, wooden chairs, and earthy accents creates a cozy and clean vibe for this beautiful kitchen.
Oh, and the wall color in this space? It’s BM White Dove (one of my personal faves).
2. Almost a Warm White?
Brie of Warren Farmhouse did the opposite of the color palette above. She painted the cabinetry White Dove, and the walls are painted in SW Natural Tan.
Both kitchens are gorgeous…it’s almost like you couldn’t go wrong with this color scheme!
Do notice that BOTH of the kitchens in these two examples have a LOT of that gorgeous natural light coming in, making Natural Tan look almost like a beautiful off-white. But it won’t look that way under all lighting conditions!
3. Drab to Fab Cabinetry
As one Instagram commenter said, this paint took this space from drab to fab, and I don’t disagree. Sometimes a paint job is all it takes to give a kitchen a new lease on life.
4. Perfect Partner in a Neutral Color Palette
Sinn Painting used three great paint shades in this space. Natural Tan for the wall color (and notice in this lower lighting situation how saturated that paint color can look! There’s a lot of contrast with the white door trim, right?
5. Feels Like Home
Here’s another kitchen elevated with cabinetry painted in Natural Tan. The space was warm before with all the wood tones, and it stays warm with this shade, but not overwhelmingly so.
Natural Tan Exteriors
6. A+ Exterior Paint Color
At the Gilbert Ranchhouse, owner Kara chose Natural Tan as her exterior paint color. Though the home is still under construction in her images below, you can see how this shade looks outside. And I would say this is one of Natural Tan’s strengths…as an exterior paint color!
7. Fabulous For a Farmhouse
Another beautiful example of this shade on an exterior. This one also under construction. The modern farmhouse look works so well with this shade. It looks more like a creamy white as an exterior paint, and that’s perfect for this home with farmhouse vibes.
The accent color here? The very popular SW Black Fox. Great combo, right?
Other Spaces and Places Painted Natural Tan
8. Cozy Living Room
This family room was the perfect canvas for a cozy little upgrade. The designers kept all accents and furniture in the same color family for a comfortable vibe.
9. Entryway Excellence
On Instagram, Ashley Miller shares her beautiful home where many of the rooms have been painted with Natural Tan.
Here’s her entryway, which is a great example of the shade. Personally, I think this shade looks best in south-facing rooms with lots of light, and against wood tones like this red oak.
In this situation, Natural Tan is a warm shade, but it’s not overpowering. And it provides a great contrast with the white trim color.
10. Cool Color in North-Facing Rooms
This is a living room in Ashley’s house…yes, the same Ashley whose entryway you just saw. In this situation, the paint looks totally different, right?
In lower lighting…whether it’s the evenings, or in a north facing space, this color can lean gray, and some of the green undertones show through.
And this is why sampling is so important! Actual paint colors behave so differently from space to space.
11. Nurturing Natural Tan Nursery
Check out how comforting Natural Tan looks on the beautiful board and batten installation in this fabulous gender-neutral nursery. Doesn’t it make your heart happy?
And that’s a wrap! So what do you think of this warm beige paint color? Do you think it could be a winner in your home?
If so, just remember that the best way to check is to sample! Color choices online always look different than real paint in real homes!
As far as sampling goes, I highly recommend these mess-free, re-usable, re-positionable peel and stick paint samples ⤵
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