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Tips & Ideas to Update Your Beige Tiles or Carpet

Posted on August 11, 2020 by KylieMawdsley

How to Update a Room With Beige Tiles or Carpet (often Tuscan-style)

If there’s one colour from the late ’90s and early 2000s that haunts MANY dreams, it has to be beige. Many are trying to step OUT of the warm, Tuscan-inspired vibe and into something a bit more updated, but those darn beige tiles and carpets put a hard stop to that every time! Personally, I love beige, but just like with my inappropriate humour, it’s all about ‘right place, right time’, a concept that both beige and I struggle with.

stairway with wood and metal railing, beige carpet, Sherwin Williams Creamy, golden doodle and rescue dog

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The thing is, you have to listen to your home and its particular needs, even if those needs go against what you REALLY want to do. But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a happy medium, and I’m here to help you find it.

To figure out what your home’s needs are, you need to figure out what you’ve GOT first. Beige, whether it’s tile, paint colour, furniture or carpet will have SOME combination of orange, pink or yellow undertones (green sneaks in once in a while too). And while the scales can tip towards one undertone or another, THE MOST COMMON undertone combination found in beige is orange-pink. Once you figure out the particular blend of YOUR beige, it’s much easier to move forward with confidence.

If you want to learn a bit more of the nitty-gritty, I have a blog post coming out ASAP!

Kitchen cabinets painted Benjamin Moore Ballet White, glaze, Cedar Key walls, travertine tile floor , red orange brick walls. Island with wood top. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, client photo (1)

Beige Tiles or Carpet with Orange or Pink Undertones

While you might not be happy to hear it, there’s a REALLY GOOD CHANCE your beige tile or carpet has an orange-pink or committed pink undertone. And you might be worried, thinking you’ll need pink walls to make things work, but don’t you worry your pretty lil face off – I’ve got your back.

Best beige paint colour, Sherwin Williams Nomadic Desert, beige carpet, dark wood furniture in bedroom. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, top virtual color consultant and diy decorating ideas blogger

PRODUCTS FROM THE ’90S AND 2000s THAT ARE MOST LIKELY TO HAVE PINK OR ORANGE-PINK UNDERTONES

  • TILE – specifically travertine tile which can nod HARD towards Tuscan style
  • CARPET – 1990s in particular (as well as mid-2015s funny enough #notfunny)
  • FURNITURE – micro-fibre ‘tan’ coloured sofas are the most common culprit
  • GRANITE COUNTERTOPS – 1990s in particular. In the early 2000s, we started seeing a bit more of a nod towards gold (orange-yellow)

As it relates to pink undertones specifically, the key to working WITH them is to stop FIGHTING them. When you fight a colour or try to avoid it (ie. painting your walls a colour with blue or green undertones), you can actually make things worse if you’re hoping to downplay the pink undertones, of which you’ll find two types…

  • PINK-ORANGE. A subtle pink undertone tucked discretely into the main orange undertone (otherwise known as beige with an orange-pink undertone.
  • ORANGE-PINK. Beige with a PINK-orange undertone, meaning the pink is stronger than the orange.

Sherwin Williams Natural Tan, Alabaster, entryway with formal look, curved staircase. Travertine tile floor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant

Photo by JR Photography (I can’t find his website to link it though…)

As for orange undertones, you’ll find two blends…

  • ORANGE-YELLOW. Overall, this can be a slightly more ‘golden’ look but is definitely NOT as common. And because I like to hit MASS APPEAL as much as possible, it’s not the focus of this blog post.
  • ORANGE-PINK. DEFINITELY the most undertone, particularly in tiles from the ’90s and 2000s. You’ll find this particular undertone in many of the tiles from the Tuscan trend of the early 2000s (ie. travertine tile, which I actually DO have mad love for, along with Ryan Reynolds, both of which I’d love to roll all over).

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A FEW NON-BEIGE PAINT COLOUR IDEAS TO UPDATE BEIGE CARPET OR TILE

If your tile or carpet has a committed pink undertone and you DON’T want BEIGE walls, look for warm neutral paint colours that have a tiny bit of pink in them (common in taupe). This doesn’t mean you’ll have pink WALLS, but you’ll have pink-friendly walls.

BENJAMIN MOORE PALE OAK OC-20

Pale Oak is a super popular taupe as it relates to coordinating with beige surfaces. This isn’t to say it ALWAYS works, but it’s a great place to start.

Benjamin Moore Pale Oak, update idea for bathroom with beige floor tile. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

FULL Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Pale Oak

There are some carpets and tiles that have a pink or orange-pink undertone, but ALSO have a warm violet-pink (taupe) in them, making them a bit more flexible towards taupe paint colours. Taupe paint colours are warmer than gray but NOT as warm as beige.

In this next photo, we’re dealing with a tile that has orange-pink in it, as well as a beautiful taupe…

Update beige tile or carpet ideas. COLLINGWOOD WALL, Classic Gray, Pale Oak, Benjamin Moore warm grays and taupe. Kylie M Interiors Edesign.

In a situation like this, where your surface has a mix of colours, it’s MUCH easier to stretch outside of the beige box. Of the three colours in the above photo (main wall colour and two samples) which one do YOU think works the best?

If you guessed the right side, you’d be correct! Benjamin Moore Pale Oak is a soft warm gray-taupe with passive purple-pink undertones that are hitting a real happy place with the tile.

Can you stretch your tile into something a bit grayer like Benjamin Moore Collingwood or Balboa Mist? It NEVER hurts to try, but my money’s on Pale Oak.

In this next example, the brick fireplace, carpet and walls all have pink undertones, which means they’re well-coordinated. My client also chose furniture in a warm gray with a violet undertone, which sits MUCH better than a gray with a green undertone would.

Taupe brick brick fireplace, mantle with home decor, taupe beige carpet. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant

The awesome thing about a room like this is that the brick offers flexibility towards the beige end of things OR the warm gray/taupe range!

We’ll be touching on more ‘multi-hued’ surfaces shortly, but first, paint colours. I would love to show you a wide range of photos of beige rooms with NON-BEIGE walls, but because I only use photos from my E-design clients, I don’t always have EXACTLY what I need. But this doesn’t mean I don’t have a few more GREAT COLOURS for you to try…

SHERWIN WILLIAMS POPULAR GRAY 6071

With its LRV of 61, Popular Gray has more depth than Pale Oak and a more obvious undertone (violet-pink) to it.

Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Popular Gray

BENJAMIN MOORE CEDAR KEY OC-16

I’m sneaking Cedar Key in here as it can be such a GREAT moderator between beige and taupe. Why? Because it really is a blend of both, making it a great option to modernize many beige surfaces! Want a bit more depth? Check out Smokey Taupe – MAD love.

Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Cedar Key – COMING SOON!

SHERWIN WILLIAMS VERSATILE GRAY 6072

Versatile Gray is a stunning, light-medium depth taupe with an LRV of 48, which means it has a bit more meat on its bones and that GLORIOUS taupe vibe we’re looking for.

Sherwin Williams Versatile Gray best warm gray taupe greige paint colour to go with cream cabinets with glaze in kitchen, trims and travertine. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, update ideas

The tile in the above photo is like a hybrid of beige with a pink-orange undertone and taupe, making Versatile Gray a very interesting and flexible choice!

FULL Paint Colour Review of Versatile Gray

SHERWIN WILLIAMS EGRET WHITE 7570

Egret White is a gentle subtle taupe with an LRV of 70, putting it on the HIGH end of the light range. While it’s similar in depth to Pale Oak, it’s a bit grayer, so make sure your beige tile can SUPPORT this added dose of gray!

Bathroom, navy blue vanity similar Benjamin Hale Navy, beige, white blue hexagon tile backsplash. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, white quartz countertop, Egret White Sherwin Williams walls (2)

Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Egret White

Remember, you MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO fully update the look of your beige tile (based on what your original paint colour hopes were). And while you can likely get OUT of the more rich golden colours that were commonly used 20 years ago, you might still need to paint your walls a warm paint colour for things to flow – you’ll just be looking at more MODERN warm paint colours.

In this next example, look at the progression from warm beige (left) to a more muted beige (center) to a warm gray (right). The COOLER we go, the more it clashes with the bones of the tile, with the sample on the right just not connecting at all. And while the tile HUMOURS the center colour, the left sample is really the best choice.

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Generally speaking…

  • Beige tiles often handle a warm violet undertone better than a blue or green undertone as it relates to CONTRASTING with the beige.
  • Carpet tends to have more flexibility as it’s more often a solid colour. This means you WILL find some beige carpets that can humour a gray or greige with blue, green or violet undertone, but you still have to be careful as NOT ALL carpets can do this!

PAINT COLOURS TO AVOID IF YOU HAVE PINK OR ORANGE-PINK TONED TILE OR CARPET

If you don’t like your beige surface and don’t want to ACCENT it, generally speaking, you should avoid green or blue paint colours (or gray or greige with those undertones). Of course, there are ALWAYS exceptions, especially when the undertones in a carpet are super subtle, but be careful, as a cool paint colour might just ENHANCE your warm-toned products, which doesn’t always create an ‘updated look’.

Not every beige tile or carpet can visually support cool neutral paint colours, so sample carefully and listen to your home.

This next photo is a GREAT example of how some paint colours can really date products with pink undertones (this was one of our homes when we first moved in – woof. Thank God Tim and my Dad flooded the house and we got new flooring).

1990s home with carpet and tile with pink undertone

In this next example, both the flooring products and the table have a pink undertone. However, in this case, a very mild, earthy green undertone was a BEAUTIFUL complement to almost ALL of the hard surfaces in this room, including the dark wood trim – it helps when you have a cute lil Ginger tucked in your back pocket (I will pinch upon request).

Best paint colours with dark wood trim, Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige and Warm Stone. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

You should also avoid cream paint colours and beige or tan paint colours with a yellow undertone. Yellow and pink don’t have much love for each other and you could have a HOT mess of undertones on your hands. In this next photo, my client doesn’t love the home she bought with its Sherwin Williams Antique White island and Macadamia walls.

Why not?

Paint colours to go with travertine tile, tuscan style from 2000s

The Antique White island is just a bit too creamy-yellow for the more committed orange undertone (orange-pink) of the travertine tile on the floor, and just BARELY made the cut with the stone fireplace. Macadamia (walls) has a wink o’ green undertone tucked in it, which is sitting off with the floor and the fireplace as well – everything was CLOSE, but no cigar!

Again, in this next photo, the previous owner used Antique White on the cabinets which is just TOO yellow for most beige tiles (and is ALSO why it’s one of the whites I would never paint my cabinets or trim).

Antique White cream cabinets with dark countertop and travertine TOO WARM

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Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…

  • samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
  • if you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

Beige Tiles, Carpet or Rooms with Mixed Undertones & Colours

When photos of tiles or countertops with mixed hues come to my inbox, I GIGGLE with glee, as I can’t WAIT to show the owners what their paint options are – the effect is ALWAYS game-changing.

Ideas to update beige tile and tuscan style homes. Kylie M Interiors edesign, online paint color consulting and diy decorating advice

As mentioned earlier, a bit of variation in your beige surface could give you WAY more colour flexibility. In the above tiles, you’ll see a lot of beige (mostly pink or orange-pink), but you’ll also see some green, violet and pink/taupe undertones that really open up the colour options!

In this next photo, the tile and countertop have a wink of green which we gladly grabbed onto, meaning we could use the GLORIOUS Benjamin Moore Arctic Shadows on the walls…

Artic Shadows, best green paint colour, slate tile, bathroom beige tile, update ideas for home staging. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Photos via Tim Hanson Productions

FULL Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Arctic Shadows

YESSS, I love this next tile. While it has a beige base, just LOOK at the flexibility its other colours gave us, giving room for the warm greige approach of Benjamin Moore London Fog on the walls…

Best taupe greige paint colour, beige tile update ideas. Benjamin Moore Fog. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant

And lastly, I want to tell you how to pick the RIGHT COUNTERTOP to update your beige tile.

I’ve found that a lot of my clients with beige tiles want marble countertops. No can do, Sue. The key is to PICK UP what your tile flooring is throwing down, like this here…

How to pick a new countertop that coordinates with beige tile

See how the beige of the tile is picked up on the countertop? I was SO happy to see this combo as the floor and the countertop are working as a palette, with the countertop UPDATING the look of the floor, whereas a marble countertop would’ve made the floor look older.

There are also the ODD white quartz countertops that can flex towards beige tile floors. What ARE these magical countertops you might ask? While this could be a blog post unto itself, look for white quartz countertops with WARM gray veining with a VIOLET or violet-pink undertone. Just as paint colours with these undertones can work with beige tile, this undertone in veining can help tie these two surfaces together. You can also look for a quartz countertop that actually HAS a bit of beige in it!

How to Update Your OUTDATED Granite Countertops

So there you have it. I hope these ideas and inspirations get you started on updating your beige home. If not, I’ve got 300+ other articles for you to check out, just type a keyword into my SEARCH area on the right side of my home page for some more blog posts!

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  1. Hi Kylie,

    Wish I would have read this blog a couple of years ago before mixing some undertones in hard elements that aren’t playing well together.

    House was build in 2005 in full blown Tuscan style!

    Kitchen floors are Brazilian Cherry and cabinets are Maple with a glaze and medium tone stain (orangey undertones). Countertops are Uba Tuba. I replaced the beige travertine backsplash with an aqua glass tile backsplash . There are actually flecks of a smokey blue color in the Uba Tuba and I was trying to lighten things up!

    Kitchen is open to large vaulted family room with pinkyish undertones in beige carpet. I recently purchased a new Transitional style couch in warm medium gray with some beige/sage undertones. Wood furniture is darker stain with red undertones. Carpet isn’t awful with the new couches, but wall color is. And they are huge vaulted walls!

    Current wall paint throughout this open area is Sands of Time. Baseboard and door trim is Pacer White. These colors are just “off” with the cooler undertones in the backsplash and couch. Both are West facing with lots of windows.

    I have been hoping to improve this hot mess by painting the walls throughout with an updated color that would go with both (the red/orange/pink undertones and the new cooler colors in the couch and backsplash). Considering Worldly Gray or Accessible Beige.

    Other wall paint colors I should consider or other suggestions to fix my mess?

    Thanks so much for your help!

  2. I did not want to change out the toilet and bathtub in my spare bathroom plus the tile was gray/blue/beige. First I used SW Tradewind (ok but it just wasnt right), SW silverplate 50% (no), SW Gray Collonafe (no) and FINALLY finally!! painted it SW Natural Choice and voila! It was AWESOME. . I need a really neutral light paint all the others were just too Gray. I live in a town home said there was no natural light and the bathroom. And the walls are just a nice neutral blank canvas and the floor tile the vanity and vanity top and the fixtures the hard fixtures that toilet and tub just all go great together. BtW I’ll take days over the depressing Awfulness of drab Gray any day of the week. Page is at least warm but Gray no way depressing depressing depressing. To each their own I suppose.

  3. Oh, oh! I’ve got one that is an excellent companion for pink beige tile : Maritime White!!! (BM OC-5). It is light and fresh but does not look pink beige AT ALL. Plus it complements granite countertops with the same sneaky undertone. Check it out. Stay well, Kylie!

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