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Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Natural Linen 9109

Posted on December 5, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

Sherwin Williams Natural Linen – my new FAVE beige paint colour

Beige is DEFINITELY coming back in style. And while we’re not knee-deep in it quite yet, within a few years, beige will certainly be THE go-to neutral paint colour. This is why today, we’re going to check out Sherwin Williams Natural Linen, a beige that’s BOUND to be near the top of the list!

Review of popular beige paint colour, Sherwin Williams Natural LInen. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

In order to show you RELATEABLE & REAL homes, I ONLY use photos from my Online Colour Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality photos I need or the RIGHT photos, but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!

What type of paint colour is Natural Linen?

Natural Linen is DEFINITELY a beige paint colour. However, you’ll find that it’s not GOLDEN warm like many of the beiges from the early 2000s Tuscan trend and not as TAN as the warm neutrals from the 90s. Natural Linen is in FACT, one of the more modern beige paint colours on the market.

Sherwin Williams Natural Linen best beige warm neutral paint colour, bathroom, beige tile, white vanity, Kylie M Design and decorating

If you have north-facing light, Natural Linen’s warmth will still show up to the party but will be MUTED (same with eastern light). However, if you have south-facing or warm afternoon western sunshine, you can expect Natural Linen to look that BIT warmer without being overwhelming.

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What’s the LRV of Natural Linen?

Natural Linen has an LRV of 66, making it a pretty well-balanced LIGHT depth paint colour. While it will still wash out a bit in bright light, once the slight is a bit more subdued it will come back to its full glory. It’s also a great depth for a darker space as it’s still light enough to not weigh it down.

Natural Linen, dark wood flooring, Kylie M Interiors Edesign, client photo. Online paint colour consulting and diy blogger

This is really as MUTED as you can expect Natural Linen to look

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 Natural Linen?

Being a BEIGE paint colour, Natural Linen’s main undertone is orange. And while orange can flex into yellow or pink, Natural Linen doesn’t STRONGLY cater to either, making it super flexible for a wide range of interior finishes.

Natural Linen warm neutral paint color, Stone fireplace, maple wood built-ins. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, client photo. Online paint colour consultant

What’s the best way to sample Natural Linen?

Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…

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…

Paint colour review of tool Samplize, peel and stick samples. Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Farrow and Ball, Home Depot. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

  • 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

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

What’s the best white trim colour with Natural Linen walls?

Because Natural Linen has an orange undertone, it’s a BIT fussy towards whites with too much yellow in them. So while Sherwin Williams Alabaster is oooookay, I’m more inclined towards Benjamin Moore White Dove or even Chantilly Lace. Actually, Sherwin Williams White Snow could be interesting as well.

Actually, I might even be inclined to LIGHTEN Natural Linen by 75% and see what that looks like. It’s hit and miss (usually hit, but you never know), and can be a great way to get a coordinating soft white.

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Is Natural Linen a good exterior colour?

Natural Linen can work on an exterior but is often a bit light for homes in the northern states and Canada. Where you see MORE Natural Linen is in the southern states as a beige like this often suits the types of tiles/stone used on driveways and patios.

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What paint colours are similar to Natural Linen for comparison’s sake?

Every paint colour 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 Malabar, Rivers Edge, Natural Linen, Kilim Beige, Accessible Beige, different comparing warm neutrals. Kylie M.

And if you’re thinking of colour matching between brands (ie: getting Benjamin Moore to make a Sherwin Williams paint colour), you might want to read THIS first.


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Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR home?

Check out my Online Paint Colour Consulting – I’d love to help!

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Chat soon,

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  1. Hi Kylie, I too would like to know if SW or BM -Natural Linen work with a pink beige tile. Please reply. Thank you

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