THE SHADE OF BEIGE YOU’VE BEEN BEGGING FOR…
If you ask me, Natural Wicker (Bone White) is one of the most underrated warm neutrals in the fan deck. With its flexible approach, this shade is bound to gain traction with the coming, warmer interior trends.
That’s right, we’re out of gray, still winking at greige and taupe, along with white, but more traditionally warm paint colors are making a huge comeback. But finding the right beige isn’t easy. Orange, pink, yellow, and green undertones – which ones are best for your home’s finishes, and most importantly, which PAINT colors will do the job?
Who knows, maybe your magical paint color is Natural Wicker, and after reading this blog post, you might agree!
To show you RELATEABLE & REAL homes, I ONLY use photos from my Online Color Consulting clients. Some Pinterest images have been over-edited or aren’t even the color they’re said to be – this won’t happen here. I also don’t take photos from other Designer’s sites.
WHAT TYPE OF PAINT COLOR IS NATURAL WICKER?
Natural Wicker is a hard one to peg down, which is one reason why it’s so friggin’ fabulous. This is because Natural Wicker nods at the beige world, and winks at the cream world, but doesn’t commit to either (he’s one of the playboys of the color world).
Now, for some bizarre reason, Benjamin Moore sometimes has different names for the same color – or different NUMBERS for the same color. Thank you for that…
- Natural Wicker is also known as BONE WHITE PM-30
- Natural Wicker is also known as BONE WHITE OC-143
Thanks to Natural Wicker’s subtle, but purposeful warmth, it’s a great option for cooler north-facing rooms. It also works well in east or west-facing rooms that get flat light at certain times of the day. As for south-facing rooms, while Natural Wicker will look warmer in this light, it’s not SO golden that it’s obnoxious.
WHAT’S NATURAL WICKER’S LRV?
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint-lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
Long story short, LRV tells you how light or dark a color is on a scale of 0-100. Natural Wicker has an LRV (depth) of 72.13, putting it on the HIGH end of the light range and nudging at the wild world of off-white. As far as beige paint colors go, it’s not washed out, but it’s also not remotely weighty.
Because I only use photos from my E-Design clients, I have just one home to show you. But it’s such a FABULOUS example that you hardly need anything else…except me.
In this next photo, Natural Wicker is in the back room. Compared to the previous photo, you see a bit more of Natural Wicker’s beautiful warmth…
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WHAT UNDERTONES DOES BM NATURAL WICKER / BONE WHITE HAVE?
This is the glory of Natural Wicker. While many popular shades of beige and cream commit hard to orange, yellow, pink, and green, Natural Wicker has some orange…and some yellow, but isn’t hardcore about either.
Compared to Navajo White (which is a cream with yellow and orange in it), Natural Wicker looks much more orange-beige. But compared to Muslin, which is a beige that centers on an orange undertone, Natural Wicker picks up more cream/yellow and has a more fresh look.
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WHAT WHITE TRIM COLOR GOES WITH NATURAL WICKER?
Natural Wicker prefers warm shades of white. And while it tolerates those with a bit MORE yellow than average, be careful not to push your luck.
- Benjamin Moore Cloud White
- Sherwin Williams Alabaster
- Benjamin Moore’s White Dove is on the edge – I wouldn’t go any more muted than this.
IS NATURAL WICKER A GOOD COLOR FOR THE EXTERIOR OF A HOME?
Natural Wicker isn’t the first color people think of for exteriors, but it does come up once in a while in my Online Color Consulting.
Some homes, based on their particular stone, brick, or roof, love a beige or cream but are touchy about the exact shade based on its blend. This is where Natural Wicker can come in handy. While you can expect it to pick up a bit more golden warmth on the average exterior, it has a soft, neutral, but slightly cheerful personality compared to other popular, modern shades of beige.
IS NATURAL WICKER A GOOD COLOR FOR KITCHEN CABINETS?
It all depends on your backsplash and countertop combination. Sometimes, Natural Wicker has a bit too much color for kitchen finishes and you need a more muted approach. Not to say you shouldn’t sample it, it could hit the spot, especially with many of the counters from the early 2000s.
WAIT A HOT MINUTE, IS BEIGE EVEN IN STYLE FOR 2024?
You bet your booty it is! Natural Wicker and some of my other favorite (trendy) shades of beige and tan will be surfacing on walls and cabinets – just wait and see!
Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White is one of my personal faves.
WHAT COLORS ARE SIMILAR TO NATURAL WICKER?
Natural Wicker has some great comparables, including some of the most popular beige paint colors from Benjamin Moore paints and Sherwin Williams…
- Benjamin Moore Feather Down is similar in depth, but has a bit more of a creamy vibe, while still nodding at beige.
- Sherwin Williams Navajo White has a bit more body and a touch more yellow in comparison to Natural Wicker.
- I like comparing these two as Natural Wicker is KIND of like a more muted, gentler take on the richer, heavy cream-beige approach of Gentle Cream. And while I’ve always loved Gentle Cream, Natural Wicker is a bit more useable because of its softness.
In this next home, this is the before photo, as while Gentle Cream is LOVELY, it’s not the right color for this space…
If I were to be SUPER weird about things (fave past time), compare the walls to the lampshade. Notice how the lampshade has a bit more orange-pink in it. Then compare it to the lamp base, which has more yellow! These are the things to notice when coordinating colors for your own home!
WHICH PAINT COLORS GO WITH NATURAL WICKER?
Natural Wicker is a bit fussy and won’t love colors that are lighter AND cooler than it. This is one reason why the above sofa is fighting with Gentle Cream, as blending warm and cool colors is tricky business! It’s also picky about its neutral partners in general.
But if there were a square dance, these are some of the colors Natural Wicker would be partnered with…
- Flexible shades of LIGHTER creamy whites that have a touch of orange mixed in.
- Any number of light and dark green paint colors, including the lightish Benjamin Moore October Mist and Sherwin Williams Grassland.
- Blue-green blends, as long as they have some gray mixed in to calm them down.
- Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray is wicked pretty with Natural Wicker.
- Some mid-toned, stormy grays with blue-green undertones; similar to Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray and Sherwin Williams Tinsmith.
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