Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige: LRV, Undertones & a Little More
When it comes to paint colors, the world is slowly transitioning out of the gray trend and into the warmer end of things, but we’re NOT quite at full-blown beige…yet. This is just ONE of the reasons why Balanced Beige might be your new best friend as it bridges some of the gaps between icy cool colors and warm golden colors. It’s also WAY beyond your standard builder beige.
Let’s find out why…
What type of paint color is Balanced Beige?
Balanced Beige is a beige, which means it’s a WARM paint color. However, it’s VERY atypical as it doesn’t have the usual golden undertone that can be found in some of the more popular beige paint colors. In fact, it leans slightly into gray…but this doesn’t MAKE it a taupe or a greige – it’s definitely beige.
If you have north-facing light, you may find Balanced Beige leaning a bit more into that subtle gray, while still holding a soft, passive warmth, which can be a nice balance to cooler northern or afternoon eastern light. However, with south-facing or afternoon western light, Balanced Beige will be in its full glory, leaning that wink warmer without going TOASTY warm.
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What’s the LRV of Balanced Beige?
Balanced Beige has an LRV of 46. This puts it on the light-medium end of things – not as fresh and bright as its lighter version, Accessible Beige, but also not heavily weighed down either (learn more HERE).
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
What are the undertones of Balanced Beige?
Balanced Beige has VERY passive undertones. Because it leans that bit into gray, it can pick up a vague green undertone in the VERY odd light. However, if you partner it with a finish that has a bit of a green undertone, it could look a bit more TAUPE in comparison. While this makes Balanced Beige FLEXIBLE, it can also be a bit unpredictable, which is why sampling is SO IMPORTANT!
What’s the best way to sample Balanced Beige?
Like with every paint color, I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE. Samplize is a peel & stick paint sample that you can easily move around your room for over HALF THE COST of traditional sample pots – and they deliver right to your front door!
SAVE MONEY ON PAINT SAMPLES HERE
If I’m painting my walls Balanced Beige, what’s the best white paint color for my trim?
- Sherwin Williams Pure White
- Benjamin Moore White Dove
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Is Balanced Beige a good color for the exterior of my home?
If you want a warm paint color that isn’t TRADITIONALLY golden, Balanced Beige could work well on the exterior of your home. It suits a wide variety of brick and roof colors but doesn’t suit as many stone surfaces.
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Is Balanced Beige popular?
VERY. While the world hasn’t transitioned entirely into the WARM end of things yet, it’s slowly making its way from the cool gray paint colors into softer, warmer versions. Balanced Beige is a great way to get a warm look, without the Tuscan vibe.
Which paint colors are similar to Balanced Beige for comparison’s sake?
You won’t find an exact match for ANY color between brands – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths. However, there are some with similar intentions, but different approaches…
- Benjamin Moore Stone Hearth
- Benjamin Moore Smokey Taupe
- Sherwin Williams Shittake & Loggia
And if you’re thinking of color matching between brands (ie: getting BM to make an SW paint color), you might want to read THIS first.
What type of paint colors look good with Balanced Beige?
- Balanced Beige doesn’t like to be partnered with gray or greige paint colors that are lighter than it (so LRV higher than 46)
- Balanced Beige LOVES earth-tones as long as they have a SOLID neutral base to calm them down (Sherwin Williams Argos)
- Balanced Beige looks especially nice with colors that are cooler, such as Sherwin Williams Gray Matters, Magnetic Gray and MANY more. But remember, just because a color suits Balanced Beige, doesn’t mean it will suit the room it’s going in and its exposures, so be sure to do your research!
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Oh Kim, I love you ;). Thank you for this comment, I hope we get to meet someday – and don’t worry, I’ll be blushing!
Could you tell me your thoughts on pairing this with a mid toned stained wood trim that leans ever so lightly into red/orange undertones?
Hi Rachel! It could depend on how strong it is. My first thought wasn’t NO, it was just wondering if it will seem a bit taupeish in comparison?
I would so much love an opinion on this one. Balanced beige or perfect greige in this very sunny family room with red oriental, cherry trim and oak flooring.
Oooo, from the sounds of this I would lean into Perfect Greige 🙂
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We painted our family room with accessible beige on top balanced beige on bottom. Top looks yellow blah. We like the balanced beige but not sure if we should do both up and down. The room looks similar to the picture with chair rail. Ours is same tone of wood. It has a lot oh windows and faces southwest. What are the colors used in that room. Thanks for your help. Also I have left several comments trying to reach you because I bought you e book but can’t get back in to review it. It won’t take my password or allow to reset. It comes up 520 or 502 error on your end. Thanks
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What trim color would you recommend with Balanced Beige – Sherwin Williams Pure White, Alabaster, and/or High Reflective White
Oooo, it would have to be Pure White for me!