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Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan 7531: Paint Color Review

Posted on April 21, 2022 by KylieMawdsley
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Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan: a soft warm muted neutral paint color

Just when we thought the whole world was going gray, we’re starting to see some warmth on the horizon. I mean, we’re not quite at the BEIGE end of things yet, but we’re certainly tiptoeing the boundaries, and I know that Canvas Tan will be one of the frontrunners when warm colors finally take over!

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What type of paint color is Canvas Tan? 

Canvas Tan is a tan paint color (I’m not just good looks, you know). Many people call beige and tan by the same name, and you CAN, but I find it easier to separate them. Most shades of tan are a bit more muted (less rich and golden) and tend to favour a yellow undertone, whereas beiges tend to favour an orange undertone.

Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan in open layout living and dining with vaulted ceilings and fireplace. Kylie m Interiors paint colour

I also find it easier to ignore color NAMES when figuring out what they are, as I’ve seen some GORGEOUS tan paint colors with ‘beige’ in their name (i.e. Grant Beige, for example). I’ve also seen some beautiful beiges with ‘tan’ in their name (i.e. Softer Tan).

Long story short, when it comes to beige and tan, I judge them ONLY on how they LOOK (same with husbands – wink wink, thank God Tim’s so darned cute!).

Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan, rustic wood feature wall behind tv, vaulted ceiling. Home staging ideas. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, paint colour advice (1)

E-Design by Kylie M, Photo via Tim Hanson Photography

Kitchen with dark wood cabinets, travertine floor, Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan paint colour, island and pendants. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Is Canvas Tan a warm or cool paint color?

Canvas Tan is a WARM paint color with a kind of ‘khaki pants’ look. If you have a north-facing room or eastern afternoon light, Canvas Tan could add a nice balance to your space. If you have a south-facing room or warm afternoon western sunshine, Canvas Tan could look beautiful without going OVERLY golden/yellow.

Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan paint colour, beige, Creamy trim. Country modern. Kylie M INteriors E-design and Online Color Consulting

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What’s the LRV of Canvas Tan?

Canvas Tan has an LRV of 64, which makes it a light-depth paint color (learn more HERE). It’s also in a GREAT place within the light range, not so high that it washes out in bright light, but not so low that it gets overly heavy or muddy looking.

Before, this central fireplace looked heavy and dated…

living room and kitchen before (2)

But after, Canvas Tan was a great color to brighten and update the ENTIRE open-concept space…

Fireplace with stone and drywall top. Walls painted popular neutral paitn color, Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy decorating and design

Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint-lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.

What are the undertones of Canvas Tan? 

Canvas Tan DOES have a slightly more creamy backdrop than other popular tan and beige paint colors. So, whereas some tans will lean a wink gray, pink or even green, Canvas Tan is more likely to stay muted and neutral while still having warmth. I’ve never had it go pink on me; however, the ODD time I’ve seen it pick up a weeee wink o’ green (fractional at best).

Painted stone fireplace with Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan on walls, White Dove stone, home decor on mantel. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

What’s the best way to sample paint colors?

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!


If I’m painting my walls Canvas Tan, what’s the best white paint color for my trim?

When choosing the best white paint color from trims, doors, cabinets or ceiling WITH Canvas Tan, it can depend on the other finishes in your space, but I lean the most into…

Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan, best neutral paint clour, staircase, red-toned wood, arched doorway. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

However, for those who prefer a soft approach, a warm color like Shell White can look quite pretty. Remember that if you want to change your wall color in the future, Shell White could be a bit limiting…

Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan paint colour on walls, Shell White warm soft off-white on door and trim. Kylie M Interiors client BEFORE PHOTO

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Is Canvas Tan a popular exterior paint color?

I won’t say that Canvas Tan isn’t GOOD; it just isn’t popular right now. Many people lean more into gray, greige or white for their exteriors rather than the warmer tan or beige end of things.

Alabaster exterior home, shutters, Sherwin Williams Aloof Gray, green gray. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, modern farmhouse exterior

A soft, warm white like Sherwin Williams Alabaster is MASSIVELY popular right now

When it comes to exteriors that DO look good in warmer colors, a lot of them have stone or brick that prefer beige paint colors over the potentially slightly more cream undertone of Canvas Tan. Canvas Tan can work well if you have the right roof color and NO stone or brick to worry about.

5 Tips for Choosing an Exterior Paint Color

What paint colors are similar to Canvas Tan?

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…

And if you’re thinking of color matching between brands, you might want to read THIS first.

Dining room, beige tan carpet, Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan paint colour on walls. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

What type of paint colors go with Canvas Tan?

Not sure if Canvas Tan is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!


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Chat soon,

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  2. Hi Kylie
    I could use some consulting help

    I have low light rooms. One that is very large with both north and south facing windows

    I think I’d like a neutral. I have extensive trim and cupboards/bookcases and fireplace painted in sherwin Williams extra white
    Do any colors come to mind to help make my space beautiful? Thank you foe your help!


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  3. I have canvas tan and neutral ground on my open first floor. I am drawn toward warm neutrals and could never quite get on board with gray. I have some accent walls of blue and canvas tan pairs beautifully. I’m happy to hear that there may be a resurgence of warmer neutrals. I always love your posts. Thanks Kylie!

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      Angie! I’m writing a blog post about this AS WE SPEAK, I’m just taking a break to check comments! I’m hoping to have it out tomorrow, probably afternoon/evening and you will learn a LOT!

  4. Could you please share the trim color used with Canvas Tan in the picture with the kitchen with dark cabinets and travertine? Thank you so much!

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      Hi Teresa, I can’t remember what that was, but Canvas Tan look great with BM White Dove and SW Pure White!

  5. Kylie,
    I want to paint my open floor plan Canvas Tan. I have brass lighting fixtures, will this be a good match? Thank you!

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  6. Are there any medium to light hardwood floors that look good with Canvas Tan? Natural Hickory? Rustic Hickory? Natural Oak? Something I’m not thinking of? Or does Canvas Tan need a darker wood floor?

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