My 7 Fave MODERN Beige and Tan Paint Colours
When I’m doing my E-design, I get a lot of ‘I know beige isn’t popular, but I’m just not a fan of gray!’ Well, regardless of trends, you need to live in colours that both you AND your home are comfortable in, and if that happens to be beige, then I say you should fill yer lil’ beige boots! And while beige isn’t winning many awards these days, I think we’re certainly tiptoeing closer to the warmer end of things when it comes to neutrals.
SW Wool Skein (see more here)
That’s right – the scales they are a tippin’. In fact, if were to break my E-Design requests down, they would be as follows (approx):
- 50% of my clients ask for gray or greige for their room (and specifically ask for no beige)
- 30% request greige or beige
- 20% request cream or beige – and they don’t want a greige or gray in sight!
- 10% request ONLY colour (no neutrals)
And do you know what the funny thing is? One of my best friends pointed out to me that while I may be purdy, math might not be my strong-suit, based on the above numbers. However, I refuse to edit it – that would just be boring and we can all agree that I am ANYTHING but boring.
BM Grant Beige (see more here)
So, have no fear ye beige lovers – there are more of you out there! Sure, gray and greige are still calling the shots, but beige is making a slooooow comeback. So, does that mean we’re going RIGHT back into the golden beiges of the early 2000s within the next year? Hells no, but it does mean that 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 it’s more golden counterparts of yesteryear.
Shown above – SW Aesthetic White
Where do some of these modern beiges work best?
- A modern beige can be a great partner to some travertine tiles
- They can also be good transitional colours for a home that has a warmer Tuscan style
- This type of beige is a way to stay in the ‘warm’ family, while still neutralizing a south facing room (which can look darned warm on the best of days)
- It’s also a great way to add some softness to a NORTH facing room without going into the more golden end of things
And those are just a FEW of the ways you can use modern beige in your home. Just imagine what I can come up with once I’ve had my glass of wine…uno momento…NOW WE’RE PLAYIN’ WITH FIRE!
- A modern beige can be a great transitional colour between spouses/partners who each prefer the warmer/cooler end of things
- You can also use a modern beige to take the warm edge off of some stronger warm-toned woods
- This type of beige can also work well with some almond/bone bathroom fixtures as well as almond kitchen appliances
- It’s also a great beige for bras when you want to wear a white t-shirt
SO…now you’re probably wondering just what ARE these so-called modern beige paint colours?
Let’s take a lil’ boo…
The Best Beige #1
Sherwin Williams Barcelona Beige SW 7530
Barcelona Beige is a soft, light-medium beige that tends to respond well to its environment and the exposure of a room. Of the most common warm undertones (yellow/orange/red/green), it can flash JUUUST slightly green with encouragement. I flash with encouragement as well.
Barcelona Beige has an LRV of 47, so while it isn’t a medium tone, it is not as light as more ‘typical’ beige paint colours.
Read more: All About LRV – The Ultimate Guideline
The Best Beige #2
Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige SW 7036
Accessible Beige is FABulous and is definitely leading the way. It’s a light beige, but rather than looking GOLDEN like the beiges’ of the early 2000’s, it actually leans a wink into gray. And trust me, this wee willy wink makes a HUGE difference, particularly in a north facing room!
With an LRV of 58, it might be shy of being the best paint NUMBER for your home but still settles well rooms with at least adequate lighting.
The Best Beige #3
Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige SW 7037
This is the slightly darker (light-medium) version of Accessible Beige and it has SIMILAR tendencies.
The LRV of Balanced Beige is 46, so it has a bit more body to it, without weighing a room down.
The Best Beige #4
Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan SW 7531
Canvas Tan looks a bit different from the others. Whereas many beiges can often look golden (excluding our Accessible Beige of course), tans TEND to be a bit more grounded looking. I wouldn’t say they are grayed-out, but they are usually a bit less rich/golden than a typical beige colour.
Canvas Tan has an LRV of 64, so it sits in the light range with that lovely balanced neutral base to it.
The Best Beige #5
Sherwin Williams Wool Skein SW 6148
Wool Skein might SEEM pretty beige, but surprise surprise it can lean a weee willly wink into green!
Wool Skein is on the lighter end of things – without looking washed-out. With an LRV of 63, it ALMOST hits my happy button! Which Tim has been trying to do for years…
Read more: Paint Colour Review of Wool Skein
And for those of you DIE-hard beige’ers, who can’t give up their subtle orange, yellow and pink undertones, here are a few beauties to consider…
The Best Beige #6
Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige HC 45
I do like the versatility of Shaker Beige with it’s subtle orange/pink undertone, however, if the OTHER neutrals in your home lean a bit more into yellow or green, it could be a HOT mess.
Shaker Beige has an LRV of 54, putting it nicely in the middle range. And while it will hold itself well in a reasonably bright room, it can look a bit dingy in a dark or north/east facing room.
If you aren’t a fan of pink, you’ll want to be careful of the undertones in this one as while it doesn’t flash obnoxiously PINK, it is definitely a ‘pink friendly’ colour with regard to how it relates to carpets and furnishings with that particular undertone.
The Best Beige #7
Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan HC 44
And while the warm beiges aren’t usually ma’ jam, I’ve always had a soft spot for Lenox Tan, with it’s slightly richer golden warmth.
Lenox Tan has a bit more meat on its bones with an LRV of 43, so it will add a bit more of the cosy factor to a room compared to more subdued beige and tan paint colours.
And while it can be a bit rich and heavy for a lot of rooms, I can easily be tempted by the rich warmth of BM Decatur Buff…
Not sure which beige is best for you?
Check out my affordable and fun E-Design!