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Is Beige Back in Style? Is beige…dare I say, TRENDY?

Posted on January 2, 2022 by KylieMawdsley

IS BEIGE BACK? If not, what IS the most popular paint colour for 2022?

Guess who’s back…back again. Well, it AIN’T Slim Shady (dating myself as a 90s child/Eminem lover). In fact, ‘SHADY’ is gone, with shades of gray being quickly replaced by paint colours with more warmth.

That’s right – beige is BACK baby! But don’t put on your beige granny panties and nude nylons quite yet, it has a ways to go before it’s THE trendy thing to do (if you consider 12-18 months a ‘ways to go’).

Dining room, beige tan carpet, Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan paint colour on walls. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

BUT I will say, regardless of trends, you need to live in colours that both you AND your home are comfortable in. And if that happens to be gray, beige, cream or smokin’ hot red, then I say you should fill yer lil boots with the colour you love (while always keeping RESALE in mind)!

Sherwin Williams Wool Skein living room. RH Seafoam ceiling, Westhighland White trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign best beige paint colour. Client photo before online consulting

Sherwin Williams Wool Skein 

WHERE ARE PAINT COLOUR TRENDS HEADING IN 2022?

How do I know the trends are shifting away from gray and into the warmer end of things? Heck, I’m no trendsetter, unless you’re into Mom-bum jeans and boxed wine, but in keeping track of my thousands of Online Paint Colour Consults, I’ve seen a big shift in the last few years. In fact, if were to break my E-Design requests down, they would be as follows (approximately)…

  • 15% of my clients ask for gray and ONLY gray (two years ago, this was closer to 75%)
  • 25% ask for ONLY white or off-white
  • 35% request greige or taupe (often dabbling in gray or beige as well)
  • 25% request cream or beige/tan, sometimes greige or taupe, but they DON’T want gray
  • few clients want ONLY ‘colour’ – no neutrals, usually only for single rooms

Kitchen with dark wood cabinets, travertine floor, Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan paint colour, island and pendants. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

DOES THIS MEAN BEIGE & TAN ARE TRENDY? 

Beige is definitely trending upwards. It’s not at the top, where it’s THE go-to trend, but it’s getting there. In fact, I bet within 12-18 months, we’ll be fully immersed (muted cream paint colours are coming back hard as well, but that’s a WHOLE new blog post – TBA).

Are you nervous that the golden beiges and builder beiges of the early 2000s are coming BACK? Don’t be.

Just like not EVERY gray was popular in the previous five years, not EVERY type of beige will be popular.

Beige tile floor with dark wood accents and warm beige or tan neutral walls. Client before photo edesign

The coming beige and tan-inspired trends will be about choosing MODERN versions that actually suit the finishes in your home and UPDATE them, rather than BACKdate them (which is the fear of every Tuscan-style homeowner).

In the above photo, while you can see how the paint colour is well-coordinated to the beige tile floor, notice how the homeowner’s personal tastes lean into a more MODERATE, slightly more muted, cream and tan end of things. THIS type of beige isn’t in style right now nor will it be anytime soon.

But if beige isn’t the GO-TO trend yet…

WHAT IS THE TRENDIEST, MOST POPULAR PAINT COLOUR FOR 2022?

As it relates to TODAY’S trends, while we still have those lovin’ on gray and the diehards who’ve ALWAYS loved the warmer end of things, we’ve got three colours in the running…

  • GREIGE
  • TAUPE
  • WHITE

That’s right, WHITE is one of the trendy colours – and not just for 2022, but it’s been popular for a few years already.

Why?

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, creamy trim, dark wood flooring. Kylie M Interiors, best neutral greige or taupe color. E-design, decorating and design blogger advice

Not everyone is ready to leave the cool world of gray, but they’re ALSO not jumping feet first into the beige trend; still suffering from beige-inspired nightmares from the early 2000s. We’re also going to have one HECK OF A TIME transitioning all of those ‘all gray homes’ into the warmer end things, as when someone loves gray, they tend to commit to on a LARGE SCALE (walls, countertops, flooring – EVERYTHING).

Stone fireplace, two-storey tall with Benjamin Moore London Fog, greige or taupe. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

WHY IS WHITE ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR PAINT COLOURS IN 2022?

In terms of transitioning a home out of a particular trend, ie. the gray or beige trends of previous years, the right white is a GREAT way to flex a home into a new style without having to replace expensive hard finishes. White often has the flexibility needed to BLEND styles. Piggybacking on the previous farmhouse trends, white has stuck it through and is helping us shift into the warmer end of things.

Are White Walls, Cabinets & Exteriors STILL TRENDY?

Are Gray Paint Colours STILL Trendy?

WHY ARE GREIGE & TAUPE PAINT COLOURS POPULAR IN 2022

More so than gray OR beige, greige and taupe have the flexibility to hover between BOTH worlds. And here’s the COOLEST thing about them (not literally, but figuratively)…

  • there are still people trying to update their beige-on-beige homes from the early 2000s

And on the OPPOSITE end of the colour wheel…

  • there are those who are trying to WARM UP their gray-on-gray homes from 2015, knowing that trends are now going the other way

And what sits IN BETWEEN these two totally opposite home styles yet can humour BOTH?

Greige & taupe – the great mediators between the gray and beige worlds. 

Why are greige and taupe so great? Greige and taupe can handle the previous gray trend while humouring the coming AND PREVIOUS beige and tan trends – they’re FLEXIBLE in a way that gray and beige AREN’T. Does this mean that EVERY greige or taupe will work with a gray or beige home? HECK NO, there is no magical paint colour that works everywhere, but you have a way better chance of transitioning your home into its next phase.

Greige & Taupe Paint Colours: What’s the Big Difference?

Brown stone fireplace with Benjamin Moore greige taupe paint colour on walls, oak floor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, client photo

Look at those greige walls, mediating the HECK out of that beige and brown fireplace! 

Of course, there are those of you who don’t care about trends – I see you, you glorious little gem, and you can just do whatever the heck you want to do…as LONG as you consider resale.

But I digress, we were talking about BEIGE and how it’s coming back in style and it’s coming FAST.

Is Gray Still a Trendy Colour for Walls, Cabinets & Exteriors?

Why You SHOULD or Shouldn’t Follow Today’s Trends in Paint & Design

IF THINGS ARE WARMING UP, DOES THIS MEAN MY TUSCAN-STYLE HOME IS BACK IN STYLE?

Ermmmm, no.

All of you Tuscan homeowners who are desperately trying to get your homes OUT of the early 2000s, keep trying (this, and other blog posts will help).

Why?

Sherwin Williams Antique White with traavertine floor and beige walls and stone fireplace. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consultant

Remember, just because it isn’t TRENDY, doesn’t mean you can’t personally LOVE IT! There are MANY parts of the above room that I love! 

The type of beige/tan paint colours I’m talking about here are NOT the type of beiges that are currently on your walls; these beiges aren’t popular (yet). I’m talking about the rich, golden warmth of Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige, Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan and the likes – these aren’t the up and coming ‘modern beige and tan paint colours‘. The NEW colour trends are more MODERATE in their approach. This being said…

In updating your paint colour, you’ll find it MUCH EASIER to transition your beige-inspired home into these MODERN beiges (or greige or taupe) compared to trying to squeeze it into gray. 

People are seeing how pretty beige and tan can be when it’s done the right way. And what IS the right way? Well, that’s subjective, but if you ask me (which is a good idea), today’s beige is more versatile and flexible than its more golden counterparts of yesteryear.

Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White, best off-white paint colour. Bathroom with Quartz Cambria Wellington, free-standing white tub. Kylie M INteriors Edesign

Shown above – SW Aesthetic White

So, let’s take a look at some of the beige and tan paint colours that are bound to be the more POPULAR colours in the coming years. If you want a FULL DEPTH report, check out this blog post…

The New Era of Beige & Tan Paint Colours

POPULAR BEIGE & TAN PAINT COLOURS YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE MORE OF

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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN PREVIOUSLY & COMPLETELY REVISED AND UPDATED IN 2021



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  1. I’ve always loved your blog, but beige? Omg, those walls look so outdated! When we bought our house last year, we couldn’t wait to get rid of the brown (beige) walls!

  2. So happy to see a new blog posting from you! I am definitely not a beige fan but as always your posts are enlightening and entertaining. Last year I agonized over paint color but while in the throes of agony you taught me a lot about undertones and that dang LRV. I had to get rid of the yellowish antique white in my living room/halls/entry. After months and trial with that highly recommended griege that looked like mud in my rooms, I got brave and went with SW Sea Salt. I LOVE it, it looks great with my bold southwest artwork, furniture and it gives me so much pleasure. Just purchased an area rug called Alpine Multi and my living room is now my happy place.

    1. Isn’t SW Sea Salt the best?!! So refreshing and crisp, delicious and comforting. It’s taken a while to find just the right accessories and decorations, but it’s so worth it.

    2. Sea Salt is like a breath of fresh air. I LOVE it in my dining, living and sunrooms. I do believe I will be with this color for life. I also love SW Rainwashed, it’s slightly bluer. I have it in one bedroom and bathroom.

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  3. Great post, as always. How close is wool skein to Revere Pewter or maybe Edgecomb gray, which Younghouselove used to paint their entry and announced as a great beige!! Some of these seem like, you say tomato and I say tomato…well…pronounce one differently…haha.

    1. I have to agree Tanya. It maybe more about the change in undertones? That’s a question for Kylie. We went with a nice safe Edgcomb Gray with Revere Pewter (darkened 50%) scattered about and are very happy. We needed that green undertone with our cold northern exposure.

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        It’s so true! Sometimes it’s the tweak in undertones that takes you from ‘ummmm, something isn’t QUITE right here’ to ‘IT’S THE BEST COLOUR EVERRRRR’!

  4. Hi Kylie! I did a color consultation with you last year for our new beach house. I wanted a beige (Wool Skein) for my open kitchen/living area. You advised against the color due to the green tint. I’m a hard head and used Wool Skein. Check out my blog post to see how it turned out. https://tammypstafford.blogspot.com/2018/07/our-beach-house-kitchen.html
    I’m not too hard-headed to say “You were right!” though.

    We moved into our house in Mexico Beach, FL in May 2018. Hurricane Michael arrived October 2018. Thankfully, our house had minor damage compared to everyone in our little beach town. Here’s the thing. After repairing the damage, I get a second chance at this beige color thing as the living/kitchen area got new sheet rock which means new paint. I’m leaning toward Canvas Tan. I want a true beige but light and airy without any undertones of green or gold or pink (you get the idea). Thanks for your yea or nay!

    1. I was selling my house and was quite firm that I needed the most neutral of neutral colors as I could find, (as little obvious undertone as possible). That’s because the house had some very conflicting lighting exposures on the south, west and north sides of the home.
      After painting 12 shades of “light neutral” colors on the wall and letting them sit for about a month to see how they looked and felt in all kinds of weather & lighting (day and night), I finally selected Sherwin-Williams’ SW 7568, Neutral Ground.
      I held my breath while the painter painted the entire interior in this color and I was not disappointed! This was an ideal paint color. I can tell you that every Realtor that walked through that house wanted to know what paint color it was because they were going to start recommending it to many of their sellers. It does not seem to reflect any other colors into the room. It is not a “white”, per se. I liked that it looked great regardless of whether it was viewed in artificial light, bright daylight, near windows or in corners. It was just perfect. I compared it to Canvas Tan, the paint color you liked, and they have a lot of similarities but I think I would enjoy Neutral Ground more because the LRV is higher. It felt more cheerful to me. But you might want a more cosy feel.

      Canvas Tan has this combination of LVR/and R-G-B: R:220, G:209, B:191 with an LVR of 64.
      Neutral Ground is: R:226, G:218, B:202 with an LRV of 70

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  5. I’ve used Wool Skein throughout my house and love it! It does not look dated at all and is a perfect backdrop to our interpretation of modern farmhouse style, especially when used with a crisp white trim color.

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  6. Hello & thank you for sharing your amazing knowledge.

    How would you recommend for painting a kitchen/great room with bold flooring, such as terra cotta colored saltillo tiles? The previous homeowner used a yellowish tan, but I would like something more fresh and modern. Any suggestions?

    The room faces NE but I live in Scottsdale AZ so we do have a lot of windows and a LOT of sun. The kitchen is modern with warm walnut cabinets, gray glass backsplash, tan quarts with gray specks.

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  7. Found you while I was trying to find a color to paint a rental home. After all of your reviews we choose canvas tan with alabaster trim and doors. I think it is very pretty and the home rented in 3 days so someone else liked it too. Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge. I had never thought about LRV before. Just painted my office in my home in Tradewind. Looks so beautiful with my white furniture and vintage accessories. Thank you again.

  8. HI Kylie! Just watched your video on White Duck I think I really like this color. Would it look yellow in a South facing Living room, it only has 2 windows. I am so over yellow! I like soft but clean looks not dull and dingy. I also wanted to use complementary SW Natural Choice (which I think is a tad darker) in my kitchen which has off white creamy cabinets with a very faint glaze. thoughts???
    thanks so much

  9. I have several pieces of furniture that are gray. My open concept has a dining room with a huge china cabinet and the table and chairs all gray. The sofa and tv cabinet in the attached living room also gray. So naturally beige is a great contrast. I already used Revere Pewter in my open concept kitchen family room. So, going in the beige direction in the living/dining rooms makes more sense to me. I am so glad I found your blog. Thank you for sharing your insights. I hope I choose well. If not, I will be calling you. 😉

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  10. Hi Kylie,
    I am looking for a beige to use in the office room. It is a north facing room but with 2 windows. What would you recommend?
    Best
    Virginie

  11. Oh my! I just covered up my Manchester Tan I have had a few years with a more “greige” Edgewood Grey. I wanted at add blues and the new paint looked best with the denim navy blues! Glad to see I am on trend! In my FL home it wax repose gray and I loved that too! But I ca. see where gray is going out.

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      You are SO all good with Edgecomb, right now, it’s one of the IT colours – and as long as YOU love it, that’s what really matters :).

  12. I went kicking and screaming from a Linen or Antique White to a Greige. So glad I went with Edgecomb Gray vs. a cool grey for main living areas and hallway. I never did buy into the all gray house. It feels impersonal – perhaps a result of my decades working in offices painted cool tones. I think Edgecomb Gray has offered the best of both worlds and is easy to transition to other colors in adjacent rooms. I like it best in a sunny room where it looks more tan.

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  13. In our most recent remodel I struggled with the gray blues (literally and figuratively). Eventually settled on Edgecomb Gray with Revere Pewter Doors with Urbane Bronze for stairway, fireplace, and front door/sidelights. We just listed our house, and we will not go back to the beige/cool gray era but greige will definitely stay in our color palette, specifically Edgecomb Gray, it is so versatile and simply beautiful. Kylie was awesome in helping us decide.

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      I just LOVE this palette and have the same one in my own home! I think Edgecomb Gray is such a GREAT place to start when you don’t know whether to land warm or cool! Thanks for the comment 😉

  14. Love your style! Painting my whole house BM Stonehouse with BM Timid White trim. Looking to maybe kick things up a notch with a darker color tray ceiling in the family room and a moody color to compliment in the Powder room. Any ideas?
    Painter coming in 5 days!!!

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      Hi Lisa, my Mom had Stone House in her last home and I LOOOOOVED it so much, I’m glad to hear you love it too! Having visited her home MANY TIMES and helping her decorate (she’s got great style) we discovered that a warm violet undertone is one of THE PRETTIEST complements to Stone House (and a darker green can be stunning too). Off the top of my head, check out colours like BM Sharkskin, Taos Taupe, CROMWELL GRAY, maaaybe BM Metropolis (compare them to BM Jet Black to get a better frame of reference for their ACTUAL depth, otherwise they can seem intimidating)- check those out and see how they feel :). At least they’re a place to start!

  15. Hi Kylie, I love reading your blog. I have SW antique white trim EVERYWHERE and looking to update the walls (from SW Camelback). I love beige but want to tone down the gold and yellow undertones. Any suggestions? Debating Shiitake. I’d love Accessible Beige but it’ll fight with my trim. Thanks!

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      Okay Charlita, I’m actually writing a blog post about this exact thing RIGHT NOW, like I literally just took a break to check the comments. I’m HOPING to have it out by Friday!!!

  16. Kylie, I assume the same trend away from gray applies to carpet too? Unfortunately I carpeted two rooms in gray earlier this year, oops. For best resale appeal, should I go more cream, off-white, or griege?

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      Hi Kathy, while I think carpet will have a bit more lifetime, yes, going forward, I would lean into something more flexible like a greige 🙂

  17. Hi Kylie,
    We just painted our master bedroom SW Natural Linen with SW Pure White trim after I saw one of your videos. I love it so much that I’m thinking about painting my whole house the same colors. Would SW Natural Linen be too light for the rest of my home? I am trying to lighten things up since we have golden beige walls that I despise. I know that the natural light in each room can change how the color looks so I am testing it out first. I just wasn’t sure if this color would be too light for a living room, kitchen, den, or office. Also, if I wanted to add some color in my laundry room and bathrooms, what colors go nicely with SW Natural Linen? I was thinking something blue, but would that be too cool? Thank you in advance!

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