Loggia & Shiitake: two beige paint colors with a little MORE meat on their bones
With beige hopping back on the trend wagon, you can expect to see more of it in your Pinterest and Instagram feeds. But many of us are still AFRAID of beige; slightly scarred from the builder’s beiges of the late 90s and the TUSCAN beiges of the early 2000s.
But beige has come a LONG way, which is why today we’re looking at…
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What type of paint colors are Loggia & Shiitake?
Shiitake and Loggia are both tan paint colors or BEIGES (if you refer to beige and tan as the same thing). Being tan paint colors, Loggia and Shiitake are WARM, but they’re not traditionally warm like the beiges from the early 2000s.
This means they’re often not warm/orange enough for many of the beige tiles we see in homes from the early 2000s, or even some of TODAY’s popular finishes, which require a more golden approach to beige/tan. BUT, this doesn’t mean they won’t work for you and the particular finishes in YOUR home!
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If you have south-facing light (or afternoon western sunshine), expect both Loggia & Shiitake to lean INTO their warmth; even grabbing a touch more yellow. However, if you have north-facing light or a flatter east-facing light, Loggia and Shiitake can be a great way to add a passive warmth to your room (just make sure the room is WELL-LIT; otherwise they will look a bit flat and drab).
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What are the LRVs of Loggia & Shiitake?
Their LRVs are really what makes Loggia & Shiitake different from each other – as they’re both VERY SIMILAR in every other way.
Loggia has an LRV of 48; Shiitake has an LRV of 51. This means they’re both LIGHT-MEDIUM depth paint colors, but Loggia is about 25% darker. Being warm neutrals in the light-medium range, they can look a bit flat or drab in a room that doesn’t have enough natural or artificial lighting. However, these lower LRVs also help Loggia and Shiitake not WASH OUT in well-lit rooms!
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
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What are the undertones of Loggia & Shiitake?
Loggia and Shiitake aren’t SUPER committed to their undertones. However, unlike traditional beige paint colors, they DON’T lean into an orange undertone (one reason why they don’t suit many of the popular beige tiles which DO). Both Loggia and Shiitake cater to a very (very) subtle yellow undertone – even this is an OVERstatement.
One of the BEST ways to explore these two colors is to compare them directly to Sherwin William’s Balanced Beige. Placing these three colors together, it’s easier to see how Balanced Beige almost seems a wink TAUPE compared to the TINY bit more yellow/tan in Loggia and Shittake.
Could they pick up a wink of green? Yes, but usually only if you partner them with finishes that lean into orange-pink undertones (like many beige tiles AND carpets). Generally speaking, they don’t lean into green.
What’s the best way to sample any paint color?
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 DAY, 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
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What’s the best white trim or cabinet color if my walls are Shiitake or Loggia?
- Sherwin Williams Pure White (fave)
- Sherwin Williams Alabaster (I prefer it with Loggia over Shiitake)
- Benjamin Moore White Dove (LOVE!)
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Are Loggia & Shiitake popular exterior paint colors?
While I wouldn’t say they’re POPULAR, Loggia & Shiitake are good options to explore, as long as they suit any roofing, stone and brickwork. They often look a bit WARMER and LIGHTER than expected on exteriors.
Look at how Loggia changes like a chameleon between a sunny day and a cloud one…CRAZY!
Thank you to my E-Design clients who send their after photos in – they’re SO appreciated!
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Are Loggia & Shiitake good paint colors for kitchen cabinets?
I think both of these colors could be LOVELY on cabinets. I also like that their added depth leaves more flexibility for coordinating wall paint colors, whereas off-white/light depth warm neutrals don’t leave a lot of room to move.
When choosing a cabinet color, it must connect with the BACKSPLASH first – the countertop is the secondary consideration.
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What paint colors are similar to Loggia & Shiitake?
Every paint color has its own personality and nuances – there will be NO perfect match. You can fully expect to see shifts in undertones, temperature, and depths, but you could check out…
- Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige – definitely
- Benjamin Moore Bleeker Beige
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And if you’re thinking of color matching between brands (ie. getting Benjamin Moore to make a Sherwin Williams paint color), you might want to read THIS first.
What paint colors look good with warm neutrals like Loggia & Shiitake?
- warm neutrals with similar undertone profiles
- grays with blue-green undertones that are a similar depth or DARKER (they don’t like colors that are cooler AND lighter than them)
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Not sure which paint color is best for YOUR home?
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I’m stuck between loggia and thunder for siding with a red brick. Which one would you pick?
Hi! Without seeing the room and it’s lighting/exposure/finishes, I would lean into Thunder as it’s often a nice connection with the MORTAR around brick.
Thank you so much for helping me. I’ve been eyeing your exterior house packages, but haven’t had luck snagging one.
Thanks for the breakdown of these two shades! Just a heads up that it is spelled “Shiitake”
GAH, thank you for this! I have a lot of editing to do… 🙂
Hi there!! Wanting to paint a large bedroom in my basement (7 ft ceilings) with Shiitake. It only has 1 window (north facing) and I’m wanting to paint everything the same color (trim, walls, ceiling) for an overall monochromatic tone. I love a moodier feel, and I wanted something warm and inviting – do you think Shiitake will get it done or be too flat/drab in your opinion?? 🙂
I’m trying to decide between Shiitake, Loggia or Balanced Beige to paint my high traffic entryway. I have two windows in the room.
Which one would you pick?
I do love how Shiitake is that bit lighter while still having a great body to it. B.Beige is my second fave 🙂