The Best Beige and Tan Paint Colours (aka Neutrals)
Are you blah’ed out by beiges and not-so-nutty about neutrals? Well, don’t be! There are some fan-tan-stic tans out there that not only act as backdrops to the features of your home but also help to neutralize or camouflage unwanted elements.
(to see each colour, please click on the underlined name in the description and please keep in mind that computers rarely offer true renditions of colours, please go to your local Benjamin Moore store to view them in real-life!)
Benjamin Moore Greenbrier Beige HC 79
Greenbrier Beige sits nicely in the beige/tan range without being too light or too dark. Greenbrier Beige can have a very slight green undertone that you need to be aware of, particularly in a North facing room.
Even though it has that weee smidge of green in it, Greenbrier Beige should look very much like a ‘typical beige/tan’ paint colour once applied.
Courtesy of Jane Lockhart
More about Greenbrier Beige
- Bleeker Beige, the lighter version of Grant Beige is a popular choice for ‘mass appeal’ (although personally I find it a tad boring)
- The LRV of Greenbrier Beige is 42, which means it will absorb light on a small scale. This means that in a darker room, it will appear a bit darker than you think once it’s applied to the walls
Read more: The Ultimate Guide to LRV
Benjamin Moore Grant Beige HC 83
Grant Beige is the most neutral of all the tans suggested here. Why? Well unlike most of the neutrals mentioned above, Grant Beige has an ‘almost’ greige undertone – that’s how neutral it is. Now I wouldn’t go so far as to say it is a greige colour, as it doesn’t have quite enough gray in it, however it is definitely not warm feeling.
Both photos via my E-design and local colour services
More about Grant Beige
- Grant Beige is in in the lighter range, but I consider it a ‘heavy’ light as it isn’t as fresh as some others
- While it can suit many rooms, it can be a bit heavy for dark hallways, in which case check out Manchester Tan
- Compared to many comparable colours, the LRV of Grant Beige is slightly higher (53) meaning that it will reflect a weeee bit of light back into the room
Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan HC 81
Manchester Tan is one of the lightest beige/tan colours available (before they become more like ‘off-whites’ or heavy creams). Manchester Tan has almost greige undertones as it is on the cooler side of the beige scale without picking up ANY actual cool colours, however it can pick up a warm feeling based on your exposure and the temperature of your light bulbs (like any colour).
Via my E-design and local colour services
This shows Manchester Tan lightened by 25% in a space with different types of natural light.
More about Manchester Tan
- While I’ve heard it called ‘greige’ it really will act like a neutral, light beige/tan paint colour – not gray
- In a north facing room it can pick up gray quite easily and fall a bit flat
Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque HC 26
Monroe Bisque is by far, the most yellow of this neutral bunch. While it is a beige paint colour and will sit quite neutral on the walls, it has a yellow undertone that can pick up a barely there green – but nothing obnoxious.
Source Melanie Coddington – Palo Alto Residence
A bit more about Monroe Bisque
- In a South facing rooms you’ll notice the warmth of Monroe Bisque
- In a North facing room, don’t be surprised to see a smidge of that green undertone come out
Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige HC 45
Shaker Beige is a beige paint colour with a slight orange undertone and is undoubtedly the warmest colour on this page. if you aren’t a fan of orange undertones you’ll want to stay away from this one, however if you want a slightly warm neutral without the strong yellow – then this could be your colour!
Source – Material Girls
More about Shaker Beige
- It seems to be popular with the 60+ crowd, not sure why, but it is!
- Compare it to Grant Beige to see the degree of orange/peach undertone
- The LRV of Shaker Beige is 54, adding a bit of reflective value to a room, but not tons
Want a warmer neutral paint colour? Check out this post…
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