BENJAMIN MOORE & SHERWIN WILLIAMS: TOP 12 Warm Neutrals
Guess who’s BAAAACK? That’s right – BEIGE, BABY! Okay, so maybe trends haven’t swung QUITE that warm, but I’m definitely seeing a shift out of those cool grays and into…well, into white and greige. Okay, so maybe beige isn’t back quiet yet, but IT’S COMIN’!
This dog is patiently waiting for beige to come back
Which is why I’ve pulled together THE BEST beige and tan paint colours from Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore. These are colours I refer to ALL the time in my Online Paint Colour Consulting, colours that go above and beyond boring old builder’s beige. Because let’s face it, not EVERY HOME can handle greige or white, sometimes beige is JUST what a home and homeowner need – it’s about picking the best
Ginger BEIGE for the job (or both, really).
What we WON’T be looking at today are more traditional ‘golden’ beige paint colours. Why? Well, they aren’t popular. Sure, they were top tier in the early 2000s, but these days, my readers and clients have been wanting a more subtle approach to beige…and I’ve got it covered.
1. SHERWIN WILLIAMS ACCESSIBLE BEIGE SW 7036
Accessible Beige is hands-down, the most popular beige in my repertoire. I have a Rolodex of paint colours in my brain (you younger folk might want to look that one up) and Accessible Beige is always top of mind when sitting down with a client’s home.
Accessible Beige is a light depth paint colour that leans a bit gray, so it doesn’t have an even REMOTELY golden-approach. It’s also a great way to lean slightly into the gray-greige world, without going so far that you totally alienate a beige-inclined home.
But keep in mind, some beige tiles, countertops and carpets still can’t handle the muted approach of Accessible Beige and you might need to go warmer!
FULL Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige
YOUTUBE COLOUR Review of Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige
2. SHERWIN WILLIAMS CANVAS TAN SW 7531
Canvas Tan is a wicked warm neutral paint colour. It has the warmth we expect from a beige with an almost creamy backdrop, taking any golden tones away.
Photo JR Photography
Before, this entryway was heavy and dated looking…
And after, it’s like a breath of fresh air, with Sherwin Williams Black Fox on the front door for contrast…
Full Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan
YOUTUBE Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan
And remember, exposure and interior lighting play MASSIVE roles in how a paint colour looks, so don’t expect any of these paint colours to look exactly the same in your own home – SAMPLE SAMPLE SAMPLE!
3. BENJAMIN MOORE STONE HOUSE CC-120
Stone House is a popular, considerably warm beige paint colour. But, because it doesn’t have QUITE the richness of colours like Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan and Sherwin Williams Nomadic Desert, it’s still being used in homes that need a bit of extra warmth.
Seriously, some of my clients have AMAZING style…
What gives Stone House that warmth? Well, while its main undertone is orange, it’s a bit ‘pink-friendly’ as well, making it a versatile choice for some of the late 90s and early 2000s homes.
Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Stone House
4. BENJAMIN MOORE GRANT BEIGE HC-83
Grant Beige SAYS it’s beige, but if you ask me, it’s a tan. Most beiges are a bit warmer and slightly more golden (not all, but many), whereas tans are more muted, subtle and MORE likely to lean a wink into gray. Of course, there are exceptions, but I find those exceptions are usually just named wrong – which means Grant Beige should really be Grant Tan. Am I talking too much? STORY OF MY LIFE!
Grant Beige has an LRV of almost 57, so while it’s a light depth paint colour, it’s close to the light-medium range with more depth than the average light colour.
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Grant Beige also has a sneaky undertone to consider, which you’ll learn ALL about in its FULL colour review (I can’t give it ALL away here!).
FULL Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Grant Beige
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5. BENJAMIN MOORE CLAY BEIGE OC-11
Because I rely 100% on photos from my Online Paint Colour Consulting clients, I don’t always have photos that are clear enough to use on my blog – which is the case with Clay Beige. However, as far as warm neutrals go, it really is a beauty.
Clay Beige is a light depth tan paint colour with SUPER subtle undertones that rarely nod towards green (but can).
Clay Beige is the sample on the far left, you know, the one that got gnawed on by Chewbacca. These comparisons will give you a GREAT EYEBALL on how some of the different neutrals mentioned on this page compare to each other.
No photos of this bad boy – if you’ve used my Online Paint Colour Consulting services, please think about sending some in – they MAKE MY DAY!
6. SHERWIN WILLIAMS NATURAL TAN SW 7567
Natural Tan, something I’ll never know about given my pasty white Ginger arse. Oh, not THAT type of natural tan…silly me. Natural Tan is the EPITOME of tan as it’s muted, subtle and in the right light (ie: north-facing), seems to lean a weeee willy wink into gray (although it really doesn’t). However, once in a BLUE moon (or a green one might be more the point), I’ve seen it pick up a flash of green, but it rarely shows up to the party.
Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Natural Tan
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…
- Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
- At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
- If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
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7. BENJAMIN MOORE MANCHESTER TAN HC-81
Manchester Tan has to be one of Benjamin Moore’s most ASKED for beige/tan paint colours as it’s been kickin’ it longer than Abby Wambach…I’ll wait while you Google her name to get the pun of it.
However, all is not what it seems as Manchester Tan isn’t a totally neutral paint colour – it has a very slight green undertone that can QUICKLY clash with the wrong partner, so make sure you sample carefully!
Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan
8. SHERWIN WILLIAMS KILIM BEIGE SW 6106
Okay, so Kilim Beige isn’t at the top of MY fave list, only because I personally prefer more muted beige and tan paint colours. However, Kilim Beige is MASSIVELY popular due to its unique blend of undertones, making it a top choice for homes built in the late 90s and early to mid-2000s, and this next picture will show you exactly why…
MANY of the tiles and countertops from the late 90s and 2000s have a slightly pink undertone, meaning MANY of my favourite beige and tan paint colours won’t make the cut. Kilim Beige, however, often hits it RIGHT on the money, even for those averse to a pink undertone.
FULL Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige
YOUTUBE COLOUR Review of Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige
9. SHERWIN WILLIAMS BALANCED BEIGE SW 7037
Oh, Balanced Beige. If I had my druthers (I wouldn’t talk like an 85-year-old English lady) and I’d also put Balanced Beige at the top of the list. However, I DO like to mix things up, so I don’t weigh the start of every article with all of the good stuff – I like to make you dig for it.
Balanced Beige is more or less a light-medium depth version of Accessible Beige, so it’s AB with a bit more meat on its bones.
Balanced Beige has just the body I want in a beige paint colour – not washed-out, not chunky and golden, just soft and relaxing.
Coming in a HOT SECOND place to Balanced Beige are the very comparable Sherwin Williams Shiitake and Loggia, both of which I have mad love for.
FULL Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige
10. Sherwin Williams Sandbar SW 7547
Sherwin Williams Sandbar is kind of picking up where Natural Tan left off – with more depth. It’s a pretty typical looking light-medium depth tan paint colour that can pick up a flash of green. Generally, that green isn’t a concern UNLESS you partner it with products (ie: carpet/tile/etc…) with a pink undertone.
11. BENJAMIN MOORE MUSLIN OC-12 / CC-110
Muslin has been a LONG-time love of mine, not just for its versatility, but for its subtle, soft approach.
Muslin is a light depth beige paint colour with a gentle orange undertone and a wee wink of pink tucked in there, making it suited to SO many tiles from 20-30 year ago. And while I might not have some great ‘after’ photos to show you (send them in E-Design clients, I’d love to see them!), it’s a GORGEOUS beige paint colour that’s worth sampling up!
FULL Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Muslin
12. SHERWIN WILLIAMS TONY TAUPE SW 7038
Tony Taupe is one of the darker options on this page, but don’t let his depth put you off, as Tony can be a GREAT choice in the right space!
Before, the green looked abrasive and uneasy with the orange-toned wood…
And without tipping the scales TOO warm (considering all the warm-toned woods), Tony Taupe saved the day…
Again, the green was NOT making this gorgeous stone fireplace very happy…
After, everything breathed a BIG sigh of relief – including the homeowner!
Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Tony Taupe
Want to see MORE great neutrals? Go to the bottom of the page to the READ MORE section – you’ll be reading for DAYS!
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I never liked gray, but tan and beige are worse! I am enjoying white walls for the first time in my life with soft
gray-green baseboards and trim. It is so cool and refreshing after seeing all these years of gray. But, now beige?
Funny eh? I mean, we’re not there YET, but things are shifting. We’re definitely in the white/greige world right now and I’m loving it too!
Hi wondering what this wall paint colour is?!
Hi Juli, that’s SW Balanced Beige!
This kitchen picture seems to be under the Sandbar header. My entire home is painted Sandbar, and it’s my favorite paint color ever!
If my floors are a warm hardwood and furniture is a mix of cool/gem colors, do I choose a warm beige/tan paint or a cool beige/tan, etc? Should floors and walls be opposites?! Off to explore your blog!
Many thanks for all the great info.
Oooo, that’s a tough one Laura. Cool colours (including fabrics) don’t always LOVE to be partnered with beige or tan paint colours. The darker your cool is, the more flexible it will be, but the lighter ones are tricky. I have a lighter-toned cooler sectional and it’s MIGHTY fussy. I found that a soft warm white was the best way to get warmth, as I just couldn’t hit it with a good beige or tan. I’m pretty sure that didn’t answer your question ;), but it can really depend on the depth of your cool tones (darker won’t be as fussy, long story short).
I’ve been saying Beige is slowly replacing Gray for at least 3 years now while all my friends wrinkled their noses! Beige has gotten such a bad reputation but I think (the right) beiges, tans and creams are the best blend of fresh and cozy. Thank you for this post! I am wanting to try Clay Beige in my home. I wish there were more real life photos of it to be found on Pinterest.
Hi Rachel, I AGREE! Right now we’re into greiges, but those tans are creeping in and then before you know it, beige will be back! And really, it’s ALLLLL about the right colour in the right space, whether it’s gray or beige! I HOPE to get more Clay Beige photos in as well, it isn’t chosen as often for sure – just watch for that wink o’ green hiding in it (it doesn’t come up much, but if you have products with pink in them, it WILL!)
I’ve always thought of grey walls with that old Tom Jones song Green Green Grass of home. He wakes realizing he’s stuck in his prison cell walls and sings,
“Then I awake and look around me
At four grey walls that surround me
And I realize, yes, I was only dreaming..”
I do appreciate your videos Kylie! I binge watch sometimes, as I try to decide what new colors to choose for my home. Some greiges you feature are quite pretty. Some light greys I’ve even considered, but personally, I prefer warmth, and a cozy feeling to my home.
I love it! And I’m so glad you love my videos, I’m currently revamping my video room so I can really DEDICATE time to doing more (rather than pushing the guest bed over and squeezing myself in ;). And I’m like you, I do have a few grays here and there and even some greige, but where I lean GRAY for built-ins and feature walls, I prefer some soft warmth on my walls!
I’m am so ready to get away from gray! We bought our home a year ago, the entire main floor was grays and blues. The ceilings are gray,! I am stuck trying to find a very light beige or cream in Benjamin Moore. Years ago I painted my former home Linen White and it came off as white with a hint of beige and I loved it! . I had my foyer painted in what I thought would be the same color and it is soft yellow! It isn’t what I was looking for even tho I painted 2×4 foot Sheetrock boards of linen white and they didn’t look yellow! At this point I am ready to throw in the towel and paint it all white!
Ahhh yes, I was surprised when I read that Linen White came off a light beige for you, as it is quite yellow! Sometimes it’s ALLLL in the exposure and lighting of a room. I wonder if you might like BM White Down, which is still cream inspired, but more muted…good luck :).
I agree that Tony taupe looks better, but what is the deal with that ceiling…very awkward! Would they have considered painting it as well so it didn’t stick out at all? Accessible beige is a great color for people on the fence about gray but wanting more warmth. Also for making a kitchen with warm cabinets. I helped my friend pick this color for her kitchen and I just love it. Whenever I go over to her house, I find myself gazing at the access beige walls!
Hiya! Isn’t it funny, I actually LOVE the ceiling – but then I’m a lover of wood 🙂 (even though I suggest painting it sometimes). And you’re right Accessible Beige is SUCH a great moderate colour, same with Natural Tan, they’re a great way to lean warm without going over the top.
Haha! I wanted gray walls for my main living areas, and my son wanted beige. We shave narrowed it down to a few options that are greige – but are more on the beige side. He will be saying “I told you so”.
Oh man! Well, you HAVE to check out SW Agreeable Gray which DOES cater more to gray and is a fanTASTIC colour. Edgecomb Gray – also a stunner and a GREAT happy medium! But remember, it’s important to pay attention to the room too!
If you have southern or warm afternoon sunshine, gray (or greige) can help balance that out a bit. If you have northern or eastern light, a warmer greige (like Edgecomb) or a beige can add a bit of warmth to a space. Hope that helps!
Tell us the best beige/tan to tone down 90s oak cabinets! Tired of yellow walls!
Ooooo, I would head towards Accessible Beige. I mean, it can depend MORE on the countertop/backsplash, but that could be a place to start!
I’m not sure how I feel about this, having recently painted my kitchen cabinets Gauntlet Grey!
Oh don’t you worry at ALL! Gray is still going strong and when it comes to cabinets it’s more of an ‘accent’ so comes across way different than walls. Plus, when you choose colours that SUIT your home, that’s the BEST way to create a space that flows! I have gray cabinets too, but they aren’t as versatile as Gauntlet Gray, so ya done good!
I am loving this!! As one of Kylie’s online clients, I recently changed my kitchen and hall color to Shittake with Mega Greige in the living area (Dove White trim) still in love, BTW. It really was a perfect recommendation for my home. I never did get the kitchen cabinets painted, maybe next year. I have been considering changing the master bedroom but not really feeling the grays – as much as I “try” to like them. This gives me some great ideas and I already have my cart full at Samplize!! I want to say “thank you” for everything you do and all the personality to give to your posts… Happy New Year!
Adria, what an awesome comment to read, THANK you! And I’m SOOOO glad you’re loving your colours – Shittake (as you read) is right up there for me with Balanced Beige). And if it all makes you love your kitchen cabinets a little longer, well, that’s a good thing – money in the bank! What about adding a soft gray-blue-green to your palette? I mean, I haven’t seen your bedroom/exposure, but something like Argos is GORGEOUS or even SW Comfort Gray which commits more to colour. If you want to stay warmer, you’ll probably want to add a bit of lightness, something like Accessible Beige or Natural Tan perhaps?
Too much gray…….*Gray exteriors* are *rampant* in our area, talk about a trend that’s gone overboard….. .For re-paint/ touch up of our Colonial Yellow (LMV of about 50) house this spring, we now plan to keep the yellow, with white trim and white garage doors and wndows, bur perhaps with gray on front and side doors. (Pantone colors of year, have a lighter yellow, and a deep gray, about 35 LMV, but we’re considering also light gray on doors, like BM Neon)… you have thoughts about using yellow dominant, white trim, but maybe what particular shade of gray ()…
Hi Steve, there IS a lot of gray going on. And I’m cool with that if it SUITS the home and it’s finishes. Now for the light gray doors, it actually depends on your roof and any other features on your home (ie: stone/brick) as the TYPE and DEPTH of gray would be dictated by those! While Pantone has that lovely neutral gray, it actually isn’t a great colour as it doesn’t connect with ‘real-life’ products that always have undertones! You’ll want to look at your roof/brick/stone and see whether they favour a gray with a blue, green or purple undertone and go from there! Generally speaking (without seeing your home) I’d lean into a gray with an LRV approx 20 or so, just for some nice contrast.
I 100% agree with your comments about BM Manchester Tan. I don’t consider it tan at all; but a lovely warm neutral. I used this color to update my entire home from the Tuscan gold, brown trend so popular in the late 90’s/2000. I live in the Midwest where white painted wood trim is not popular, most people still have oak and former clients would never consider painting their wood trim. I was fortunate to have a medium brown fruitwood stained trim and BM Manchester Tan looks amazing. Manchester Tan looks warm and creamy next to my wood trim. My home is now on trend and I receive compliments from everyone who walks in my home. I’m a retired Home Stager/ Stylist so I understand color…just like you do! Keep recommending this color as it just works in so many dated homes. If someone wants to paint their trim, BM White Down looks perfect.
Thank you for your comment Susan, kindred spirits! And Manchester Tan has been around SO long, it can be such a great go-to! I’m glad it worked out for you. And you’re right, many of my Midwest clients love their wood trim too!
Hi Kylie! My new build house interior was just painted entirely in SW Natural Tan, and I LOVE IT! I wanted cream, hubby wanted gray, so this is a compromise and we both are so happy with it. It isn’t orange, pink, or yellow….you are correct about the gray lean if anything. I’d love to attach a pic, just not sure how!
Thanks for all of your help with my choices.
Good choice, it’s one of my FAVE warm neutrals! And I would absolutely LOOOOOVE PHOTOS! You can email them to me at [email protected], I just love to see colours in action!!
And in 10 years everyone will be whining about the tan/beige overload everywhere. 😋
Oh you bet, wait for it!
Good choices. I used Egret White instead of a beige OR a grey. It’s complex and beautiful, depending on where you look at it – the undertones either taupe or a little grey-ish, and violet, too!
YESSSS, I love Egret White and you’re SO right on the undertones, I love it when others see what I do! It’s like this SOFT, passive warmth that certainly ISN’T beige or tan, but it’s not gray either!
Not sure if BM Fossil or BM Dove Wing fall into this category of beige, but was wondering if you ever used these colors. I don’t hear about them much.
Hi! So Accessible Beige doesn’t look good with travertine floors and taupe furniture? – I was leaning toward using it before I read that a warmer paint should be used with lighter flooring .
That’s right, Accessible Beige is usually too toned-down for travertine 🙂
Hi Kylie. Love your videos! I have a tough one, for me anyways. I have a large grey fabric headboard that looks more blue than grey, furniture that is a warm metallic that could have a wink of silver in it, floors and trim that are honey oak. I can’t for the life of me figure out what color to paint the walls. I thought of accessible beige or Natural Tan. Am I even in the right color family???? East facing room, btw. I thought about painting the trim some kind of white if that would help, and cover the floor with a large area rug.
My cabinets are painted Cedar Key by Benjamin Moore…what wallcolor would you pair with it? Looking for neutral color. Thank you
I love all your posts and videos!! You’re so good at explaining colors and undertones!! My question for you is my kitchen/dining room is painted SW agreeable gray and I want to repaint my adjoining living room with more of a warmer beige/tan. What colors should I look at that would pair good with the agreeable gray? Thanks so much!
Hey Chelsea! Have you looked at the likes of Accessible Beige, Natural Tan and Aesthetic White?
what about a 1982 house with a orangish brown fake wood floor? My husband wants to paint our bedroom beige and likes Kilim beige, but I also like balanced beige. Would either of those go good with a brown-toned floor with definite orange tones? Now that I look at it our dresser has an orange tone to it too. Would beige even work with our room?
Does Clay Beige have a pink underdone at all? I’m looking for something that will coordinate well with Ballet White and really don’t want anything that flashes pink. I’m toying with the idea of Manchester Tan as well. Thank you!
NOPE! You should be good with either ;).
I am picking out paint colors now and I have tried sample of some of the colors that you displayed, but it shows differently in my house. What do you think of the Benjamin Moore color palette starting with lighthouse landing 1044-1046 and palette with winter wheat 232 -233? I like the light beigey look but wonder if it will be true to its color.
Is there a beige that will work with Edgecomb Gray and not enhance the green undertone. Currently the beige (Shaker Beige) is clashing with the Edgecomb and making it seem more green. Is there another beige you can suggest that might work better. Thank you so much.