IS BEIGE TRENDY IN 2023 & 2024?
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 colors 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’).
But I will say, regardless of trends, you need to live in colors 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 color you love (while always keeping RESALE in mind)!
Sherwin Williams Wool Skein
WHAT ARE THE PAINT COLOR TRENDS HEADING IN 2023?
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 Color Consults, I’ve seen a big shift in the last few years. In fact, if I were to break my E-Design requests down, they would be as follows (approximately)…
- 10% of my clients ask for gray and ONLY gray (two years ago, this was closer to 75%)
- 10% ask for ONLY white or off-white
- 60% request greige or taupe (often dabbling in gray or beige as well)
- 20% request cream or beige/tan, sometimes greige or taupe, but they DON’T want gray
- few clients want ONLY ‘color’ – no neutrals, usually only for single rooms
DOES THIS MEAN BEIGE & TAN ARE TRENDY?
Beige is definitely trending upward. It’s not at the top, where it’s THE go-to trend, but it’s getting there. In fact, I bet we’ll be fully immersed within 12-18 months (muted cream paint colors are coming back in a small way as well), but that’s a WHOLE new blog post.
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.
The coming beige and tan-inspired trends will be about choosing MODERN versions that suit your home’s finishes and UPdate them, rather than BACKdate them (which is the fear of every Tuscan-style homeowner).
In the above photo, while you can see the paint color 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 vibe. 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 COLOR FOR 2023?
Regarding 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 colors in the running…
- WARM WHITE
That’s right, WARM WHITE is one of the trendy colors – and not just for 2022, but it’s been popular for a few years already.
Benjamin Moore White Dove
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 on a LARGE SCALE (walls, countertops, flooring – EVERYTHING).
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WHY IS WARM WHITE ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR PAINT COLORS IN 2023?
In terms of transitioning a home out of a particular trend, i.e., the gray or beige trends of previous years, the right white is a GREAT way to flex a home into a new style without replacing 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.
WHY ARE GREIGE & TAUPE PAINT COLORS POPULAR IN 2023?
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 color wheel…
- some 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 humor 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 humoring 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’s no magical paint color that works everywhere, but you have a way better chance of transitioning your home into its next phase.
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.
DOES THIS MEAN MY TUSCAN-STYLE HOME IS BACK IN STYLE?
All of you Tuscan homeowners who are desperately trying to get your homes OUT of the early 2000s, keep trying (other blog posts will help too).
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 and tan paint colors 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 colors‘. The NEW color trends are more MODERATE in their approach. This being said…
In updating your paint color, you’ll find it MUCH EASIER to transition your Tuscan 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 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.
Shown above – Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White
So, let’s take a look at some of the beige and tan paint colors that are bound to be the more POPULAR colors in the coming years. If you want a FULL DEPTH report, check out this blog post…
POPULAR BEIGE & TAN PAINT COLORS FOR 2023 & 2024
- Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige
- Sherwin Williams Moderate White
- Sherwin Williams Natural Tan
- Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan
- Sherwin Williams Natural Linen
- Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White
- Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan
- Benjamin Moore Muslin
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