SW Accessible Beige: One of the most POPULAR Beige Paint Colours
If you’d said the word beige to me a few years ago, I might’ve started twitchin’ and drinkin’ in the corner just thinking about all of the ‘builder beiges’ that flooded the market in the early 2000s. But beige has come a LOOOONG way baby and Accessible Beige, in particular, is one of my FAVE’s.
Why? Let’s take a closer look…
What type of paint colour is Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige?
Accessible Beige is beige…but it’s not like any beige you’ve used before. It has a unique blend of undertones and LRV, making it one of the more VERSATILE beige paint colours on the market!
What is the LRV of Accessible Beige (Light Reflectance Value)?
Accessible Beige has an LRV of 58. Not quite at my magic number of 62, but getting there. Not sure what LRV is? You get three slaps with a wet noodle and should probably read this blog post – it might just save your paint lovin’ life!
As you’ll see in this next photo of my clients home, with southern exposure, the old paint colour picked up a murky goldy-green undertone. This wasn’t doing ANYthing glorious for the home or its wood finishes and furnishings.
After (below), the LRV of Accessible Beige brightened the space considerably, while still keeping things soft and subtle. Everything came to life – not just the furniture, but the wood cabinets, flooring and window trims.
With an LRV of 58, you’ll find that Accessible Beige is, generally speaking, a ‘light’ colour although it’s not on the LIGHTER end of that scale. In the photo above, you’ll see that on walls with an average amount of light, the colour holds itself QUITE well. Where it gets direct hits of light, it washes out, which is natural for any colour with an LRV above 55 or so (and the sun WILL move its way along…or the earth will – whatever).
What are the undertones of Accessible Beige?
When you look at Accessible Beige what you’re really looking at is a beige with a grayish undertone. A lot of the more old-school beige paint colours can flash quite yellow or orange – not this one. Accessible Beige is more soft, subtle and neutral as it leans a bit to the gray side. That being said, it’s not SO gray that it becomes a greige like its kissin’ cousin Agreeable Gray.
In the photo below, the old colour felt a bit suffocating and clashed with the travertine fireplace surround.
After, a more subdued palette with Accessible Beige set everything off nicely…
In the ODD light, Accessible Beige can pick up a weeee willy wink o’ green, most often with southern exposure. It’s subtle, but if you have an aversion, sample it carefully to see how it settles for you. You can see a touch of it in a few of the above photos (ie: the tall wall above the kitchen area). You can also pick up a flash of green if you have green landscaping outside via the reflection.
What paint colours look good with Accessible Beige?
Tim can only WISH that I was as flexible as Accessible Beige. Oh honey, if you only knew me 20 years ago – toes to nose baby! Being a neutral with minimal undertones, Accessible Beige is pretty darned accommodating, so let’s look at the type of colours it loves the best:
- Some warm grays that are darker than AB
- Some cooler grays that are again, darker than AB
- It can also look awesome with cream paint colours as long as they aren’t overly yellow/orange
- Earth-toned colours (colours with a decent degree of gray or brown in them)
I’m also a big fan of SW Balanced Beige, which is like the light-medium version of Accessible Beige…
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What colours DON’T look good with Accessible Beige?
Accessible Beige doesn’t look AS good with gray and greige paint colours with LRV’s the same as, or higher than itself (so 59+). It also doesn’t like colours that don’t have gray/brown in them. How do I know? It told me so whenever I tried different pairings. Because Accessible Beige is SUCH an earth-tone, it really prefers to stay in that family.
Accessible Beige in a south-facing room
In a south-facing room, you can expect AB to hold itself as a soft, neutral beige with just that weeee willy wink of gray in it and more rarely, a nod towards green. It won’t become suffocatingly warm as it’s not going to pick up much yellow/orange from the sun coming in the windows. (BTW, I know suffocatingly isn’t really a word, I made it up).
And speaking of suffocatingly warm, this was my client’s dining area before…
After, the floor came to LIFE as the paint colour took more of a backseat. And btw, the dining room is north-facing, which can make a BIG difference in how a paint colour looks…
Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
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- Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
- At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
- If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
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Accessible Beige in a north-facing room
Because of its wink o’ gray, you can expect AB to look slightly more grayed-out in a north-facing room.
When I have E-Design clients who like warm gray/greige paint colours, this one comes up quite often – even though it’s a beige. Why? Well, if a client has a north-facing room, they sometimes find Accessible Beige grays itself out just enough in this cooler light to hit their comfort zone – without falling cold and flat.
Before, that slightly creepy golden warmth was flashing through…
After (below), in this slightly more shaded entryway, see how AB picked up a subtle gray cast, without becoming totally greige or flattening out. It also looks beautiful with the wood trim.
Accessible Beige in a room with NO (or little) natural light
While I don’t have the perfect example, I have a sample photo to give you the general idea.
BTW -you should never lean samples, they should always be totally vertical
Natural Tan is on the left, Accessible Beige is on the right. See how AB gained some visual depth and had an ALMOST greige look to it – no yellow/orange to be found there!
What’s the best white trim colour with Accessible Beige?
When it comes to partnering Accessible Beige up with a white, I usually hit SW Pure White which is a soft, slightly warm white that isn’t overly cream NOR stark.
Not sure if Accessible Beige is right for you? I have a few more to check out!
- Paint Colour Review, Sherwin Williams Wool Skein
- Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore Ballet White
- The 5 Best Benjamin Moore Beige Paint Colours
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KYLIE M INTERIORS E-DESIGN, E-DECOR, VIRTUAL ONLINE PAINT COLOR CONSULTING DIY HOME DECORATING AND DESIGN IDEAS AND SPECIALIST IN BENJAMIN MOORE AND SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAINT COLOURS
Originally written in October 2017, updated December 2019