Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige: LRV, Undertones and a Little More
When it comes to paint colours, 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 gap between icy cool colours and warm golden colours and is WAY beyond your standard builder beige.
Let’s find out why…
What type of paint colour is Balanced Beige? Is it warm or cool? Beige or greige?
Balanced Beige is a beige, which means it’s a WARM paint colour. 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 colours. In fact, it leans slightly into gray…but that 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.
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/taupe, it can pick up a very vague pink undertone, while in the ODD light, it can even pick up a tiny wink o’ green!
What’s the best way to sample Balanced Beige?
Like with every paint colour, 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!
If I’m painting my walls Balanced Beige, what’s the best white paint colour for my trim?
With Balanced Beige, I usually go for a soft, subtle white like Sherwin Williams Pure White.
Is Balanced Beige a good colour for the exterior of my home?
If you want a warm paint colour 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 colours, but doesn’t suit as many stone surfaces.
Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour
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 colours and into softer, warmer versions. Balanced Beige is a great way to get a warm look, without the Tuscan vibe.
What Benjamin Moore paint colours are the same as or similar to Balanced Beige?
You won’t find an exact match for ANY colour between brands – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths. However, there are some with similar intentions, but different approaches…
And if you’re thinking of colour matching between brands (ie: getting BM to make an SW paint colour), you might want to read THIS first.
What type of paint colours look good with Balanced Beige?
Balanced Beige is a BIT finicky, but as long as you follow a few rules, you should get along just fine!
- Balanced Beige doesn’t like to be partnered with gray or greige paint colours that are lighter than it (so LRV higher than 46)
- Balanced Beige LOVES neutrals as well as colours as long as they have a SOLID neutral base to calm them down
- Balanced Beige looks especially nice with colours that are cooler, such as SW Gray Matters, Magnetic Gray and MANY more. But remember, just because a colour 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!
Not sure if Balanced Beige is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!
SHERWIN WILLIAMS ACCESSIBLE BEIGE
SHERWIN WILLIAMS ANEW GRAY
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