The Best Warm Neutral Paint Colours
While the gray/greige paint colour trend just keeps growing, I have a loyal group of readers who just LOVE their warm paint colours – my Mom included!
Now warm neutrals can be tricky as the undertones aren’t always noticeable at first glance. Sometimes it’s not until you get your walls painted that you discover that your neutral…ain’t so neutral!
What rooms are warm neutrals especially great for?
North facing rooms
Well-balanced warm neutrals will help to balance out the visual temperature of the room and can work well for particularly dark and heavy rooms.
Shown above, BM Standish White
However, keep in mind that north facing rooms have a cool, almost blue/gray natural light which can react with warm tones that have a lot of yellow in them. This can create a subtle green when mixed (which is why your warm neutral should be well-balanced).
Rooms with oak cabinets or floors (or really any warm-toned wood)
If you are looking to blend in your wood, rather than accent it, then warm neutrals are a great choice
Rooms with a lot of greenery outside
If you have excessive greenery that reflects green into your space then warm neutrals can help to balance the visual temperature.
And here they are…
Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan HC 44
Lenox Tan is a warm neutral that I use often as the visual weight and the warmth of it seems to work well in so many rooms! Lenox Tan has a grounded golden undertone, meaning it’s a yellow/orange blend.
The lighting has enhanced the yellow in Lenox Tan, in most rooms, it will not be this yellow
A bit more about Lenox Tan
- It is beautiful with most wood tones
- With an LRV of 43, it’s slightly heavier than the average paint colour
- It looks good with many travertine tiles (there are only a few exceptions)
- It doesn’t look as good with primary colours, pastels and pink undertones
- Compare it to Palm Desert Tan below to see the ‘golden’ look of Lenox Tan, compared to the slightly more orange undertone of PDT
Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque HC 26
Monroe Bisque is a warm beige with a subtle yellow undertone. It is a pretty typical beige – or what people expect beige to look like with regard to overall colour and depth.
A bit more about Monroe Bisque
- If you are nervous about yellow undertones, this is NOT the neutral for you. While the yellow isn’t dominant, it is definitely there
- If you place Monroe Bisque next to blue or green the yellow undertone will show up a bit more – this can also happen in a north facing room
- Monroe Bisque is NOT happy when placed near orange or pink colours
- Monroe Bisque will EASILY pick up green from exterior landscaping/trees
- With an LRV of 59, Monroe Bisque is a popular depth for most rooms
Benjamin Moore Palm Desert Tan 1123
Palm Desert Tan has a bit more depth than the others, and I LIKE it. It has such a nice balance of warm undertones, leaning more into the orange than the yellow/red.
A bit more about Palm Desert TAn
- It is a richer, denser beige colour compared to the others
- It will give you a cosier feel, not a fresh warm feel
- With an LRV of 43, it has depth, but not so much that it becomes brown
- Compare it to Lenox Tan to see what a golden undertone vs an orange undertone looks like
Benjamin Moore Thousand Island CC 308
Thousand Islands is a warm beige without the yellow that you’ll find in Monroe Bisque, but keep in mind that means your undertone options are orange or red – and you’re looking at orange with this bad boy!
A bit more about Thousand Islands
- If you aren’t a fan of orange/peach, then you’ll want to avoid this colour
- If you want warm, but not yellow – this could be a great option!
- Thousand Islands has an LRV of 61, so it’s right up there with Monroe Bisque as a very ‘liveable’ depth
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