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The 10 Best WARM Neutral Paint Colors For Your ENTIRE HOME!

Posted on June 5, 2023 by KylieMawdsley

Neutral Shades for Every Room in Your WHOLE HOUSE!

You’d be surprised at HOW MANY of my E-design clients say, ‘I’m sorry, I don’t like greige or gray – I only like warm colors.’ To which I say, ‘Don’t be SORRY; it’s your home, and YOU have to be comfortable in it! And besides, TONS of rooms don’t like gray or greige either, preferring warm neutral colors to suit their specific finishings, furnishings, and exposures.

They’re not alone in loving warmth either, and in fact, they might even be ahead of the curve as homeowners begin migrating from gray to the warmer end of things – oh, it’s started (read more on that HERE).

Sherwin Williams Alabaster best warm white paint colour. Client waiting room. Beach coastal colour. Client photo. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consulting

The waiting room at Eddins Counselling – I could wait here all day (and lord knows I need the counseling…) 

Now, if you’re looking for a warm paint color suitable for your ENTIRE HOME, you will need a DARN VERSATILE color that can flex with the different needs of your spaces. Along with paying attention to undertones and exposures, you’ll also want to focus on the off-white to light-medium depths.


When it comes to warm paint colors like cream, tan, and beige, once these colors get to a certain depth, they aren’t their original color anymore; they’re closer to brown, and nobody wants their whole home painted brown. There’s also the OTHER end of the warm spectrum – warm whites, but I’ve already written great articles about the best white paint colors for your home. And even though I LOVE to hear myself talk (or type), I don’t want to be too long-winded.

Benjamin Moore Indian White is a warm cream paint colour with subtle undertones. Kylie M Interiors E-design, decor and online color consulting services. With beige sofa



One thing that always makes me giggle (other than people tripping and impromptu gas) is when my warm-lovin’ clients say, ‘I want a warm paint color, but I don’t like yellow or orange or red undertones’... insert awkward whistling here.

EVERY warm neutral will have a yellow, orange, or red (pink) undertone and sometimes even a wink o’ green—# TRUTHBOMB. I can certainly offer warm neutrals with REDUCED undertones, but you do have to pick your poison, which is usually the one that best suits the finishings in your home rather than your personal tastes.

The best neutral warm paint colours and undertones, Benjamin and Sherwin. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, Diy decorating ideas

I see you eyeing up the above colors.

Remember, you must sample colors carefully to see how they look in your home. Exposures, furnishings, and finishes can drastically change a color’s appearance, and you might be surprised at how things shift from one room to another! (BTW, never lean samples – ALWAYS place them 100% vertical).

Sherwin Williams Natural Linen, warm taupe beige carpet, bedroom. Best neutral paint colour. Kylie M Edesign

And just like with ‘The Best WHOLE HOME Gray and Greige Paint Colors,’ I have a few points for you to ponder…



Beige, tan, and cream can be flexible, which means that while they might FAVOUR a particular warm undertone (yellow, red, orange), they’ll have a secondary undertone or, given the right circumstances (exposure/reflection/interior lighting), can pick up the other undertones. This blend of colors can make for a more flexible shade, especially if you have finishes that are tricky to coordinate with.

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Modern farmhouse style country dining room. best cream paint colour, Benjamin Moore Navajo White. Kylie M.



You might not be able to satisfy EVERY room, EVERY countertop, and EVERY flooring in your home with one magical paint color. Sometimes, you need a two or three-color palette to suit various finishes.

Do you expect one type of wine to suit your steak dinner, chicken, and Frosted Flakes?

No, you need to branch out a bit, and the same goes for paint colors. So, even with the best, flexible intentions, these ‘whole home’ paint color suggestions WILL shift on a room-to-room basis, for example:


If you have northern exposure, you can expect a warm paint color to look less warm. Because north-facing light is a cool gray-blue light, more passive warm colors can lean just slightly into gray without going full greige (which happens more commonly with tans) or taupe (more common with beiges). Super warm colors can look slightly toned down while still holding some decent warmth.

North, East, South, West: Which Paint Colors is the Best?



In a room with southern exposure, warm colors will look EVEN WARMER as they start playing with that yellow-toned southern sunshine – things could get a bit toasty. This is why you must be CAREFUL to choose the right warm paint color for your south-facing room so things don’t visually overheat.



In the eastern morning light, warm colors can look more or less as expected, nothing shockingly different. In the afternoon, the right warm paint color can help to balance out the flat light, adding a bit of warmth and life.



Warm colors can sit nicely, albeit more muted, in the flat morning light of a west-facing room but will look considerably warmer in the afternoon, particularly later on. If you pick a color CONSIDERABLY warmer than its peers, it could become overwhelming in the afternoon sun.

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Black painted wine cabinets, kids art gallery wall. Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream. Kylie M Interiors


Enough chitter-chatter, let’s get at ‘er!

the best warm neutral paint colors, beige, cream, tan, soft white, Kylie M Interiors online consulting



Canvas Tan is a beauty. In the world of tans, it’s one of my faves because it doesn’t go overly golden but ALSO doesn’t flatten out. It’s soft, warm, and simple with VERY little undertone. It also has an almost creamy-looking backdrop (that won’t flash pink – a common worry). Once in a BLUE moon (or a green one might be more the point), it can pick up a wink of green, but MORE often when it’s up against finishes with a pink undertone.

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

Canvas Tan has an LRV 65, so it has more meat on its bones than some of the lighter colors we’ll look at. However, it still sits higher than my MAGICAL LRV number.

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

Looking at the photos above and below, you’d think they were different tans. Remember, lighting, exposure, and interior finishes make ALL the difference!

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



  • Canvas Tan is a great happy medium between the yellow warmth of typical cream paint colors and many tans’ more subdued, subtle approach.
  • Canvas Tan doesn’t have the strong golden (orange-yellow or orange-pink) warmth you’ll find in many popular beige colors.

FULL COLOR REVIEW of Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan



I’ve had mad love for Ballet White for many moons (don’t worry, Mom, these are ‘pants-up’ moons, unlike the alternative, a favorite pastime of mine). Ballet White is a magical blend of cream, beige, and greige. There’s warmth there, but it’s cut back by a neutral base that slows things down.

In this next photo, Ballet White is just a wink warmer than its kissin’ cousin, Sherwin Williams White Duck

Benjamin Moore Winds Breath, Ballet White, Sherwin Williams Modern Gray and White Duck, comparing popular warm off white paint colours. SAMPLIZE and Kylie M.

This next photo makes me ALL kinds of happy (but so does a nap, so I am relatively easy to please)…

Best cream, beige neutral paint colours. Living room and kitchen, Benjamin Moore Ballet White and Gray Cashmere with White Dove trim and fireplace. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting and advice blog

Ballet White has an LRV of 73, so it’s right on the cusp of off-white, which you can see in the photo above. Generally, it acts like a ‘light’ depth color, as shown below. Again, I’m keeping the undertones as passive as humanly possible for you while trying to show how a color can look DRASTICALLY different depending on its environment.

Now, if you’re someone who likes cream but doesn’t like yellow undertones, well, that’s tough tamales.


Cream IS yellow (with a neutral base added).

However, Ballet White is a great way to get a creamy LOOK without going overkill on the yellow.

Ballet White best warm cream neutral paint colour. Living room, cottage coastal style, builtins. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour advice blog



  • Ballet White is a great way to get a nod towards a cream paint color without committing to too much yellow.
  • Ballet White is one of the more popular warm, passive neutrals and, generally, will have more mass appeal for resale than a standard, more yellow-based cream.
  • If you want to see similar shades, check out Sherwin Williams White Duck and Shoji White.

FULL PAINT COLOR REVIEW: Benjamin Moore Ballet White


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Creamy is the lightest of the bunch, coming in with an LRV of 81, meaning it’s tucked nicely in the off-white range.

LRV, light reflectance value in stairwell. Kylie M E-designs, Ken Kirkby artwork. Sherwin Williams Creamy

Notice how the color washes out on the well-lit UPPER walls in the above photo (nature of the beast). However, you can see the proper contrast of it down by the baseboard (Benjamin Moore Cloud White). This wall has northern light on it, so you’ll see how the yellow base of Creamy looks more muted.

In this kitchen (below), Creamy is a soft, subtle partner to the granite countertop and off-white subway tile backsplash…

Update kitchen with wood cabinets, wood floor, cherry or red, orange stain. Granite countertops, off-white subway tile backsplash, Creamy walls, Alabaster trim.

BTW, I rely 100% on my E-design clients after photos, so thank you to everyone who sends them in – you make my colorful lil world go round!



  • If your rooms are VERY well-lit, you may want to look at a paint color with more depth, as off-whites will wash out. Or, in your most well-lit rooms, do a different color and keep this one to the more moderately lit spaces.

FULL PAINT COLOR REVIEW of Sherwin Williams Creamy


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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

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If you’re looking for a muted but still noticeable warmth, Natural Linen has a lot to offer. Natural Linen is a light-depth shade of beige. With its LRV of 66, it sits in the middle of the best LRV range for the average room. While its primary undertone is orange, it’s reasonably flexible towards finishes with orange-yellow or orange-pink hues (the latter being SUPER COMMON in homes from the early 2000s).

Sherwin Williams Natural Linen, warm taupe beige carpet, bedroom. Best neutral paint colour. Kylie M Edesign

FULL Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Natural Linen



  • While trends are leaning warmer, not everyone is ready for the full-bodied beiges of previous decades. Natural Linen is a more modern, updated shade of beige.
  • Natural Linen’s flexible undertones suit various interior finishes, including tricky carpets, tiles, and countertops.
  • Natural Linen is one of the best neutral paint colors (on the warm side) for the ‘average home with average finishes.’ On the other hand, warm neutrals like Accessible Beige and Balanced Beige are GORGEOUS but not always as versatile.



Navajo White has been kickin’ some serious butt in the color world for a loooong time – for a good reason!

Benjamin Moore Navajo White, best cream paint colour, modern farmhouse style home, pine wood floor

Navajo White is a beautiful warm cream paint color. It has just enough depth to contrast with white trim without weighing down darker hallways or basement rooms.

Navajo White will wash out on WELL-lit walls, as shown in this next photo, but this will happen with any light color. To avoid this, you need MORE depth; even a shift to the slightly darker Gentle Cream could help a bit.

moore navajo white with entryway decor ideas including large overside metal clock and black armoire for storage

If you LIKE cream and are cool with a BIT of yellow – this could be your color.



  • Navajo White has an LRV of ALMOST 80, so it’s right up there with Sherwin Williams Creamy!
  • Navajo White has a soft yellow backdrop with a touch of orange to balance it but isn’t remotely pinkish or green.



Shifting gears a bit, let’s look at Accessible Beige. Unlike the above colors with a creamier vibe, Accessible Beige is a bit moodier (especially at its time of the month – HOLA!). It’s a light-depth beige but is VERY abnormal as it leans slightly into gray. And while it could be encouraged OHHH so slightly green, it’s so vague that I’m just being anal – ignore me.

Best beige paint, Accessible Beige by Sherwin. Living room, coffered ceilings, wood floor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy decor. client photo

With an LRV of 58, Accessible Beige carries a bit more visual weight than the average ‘light’ depth paint color, but HOT DAMN does it suit many homes and finishes!

Best beige paint colour with warm oak railing and floor. Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour expert

FULL PAINT COLOR REVIEW of Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige



  • Accessible Beige offers the passive warmth of beige without any overly golden hues.
  • Accessible Beige is often more flexible toward non-beige finishes than some traditional shades of beige.
  • For those who like the IDEA of beige but are nervous of the traditional orange undertones, Accessible Beige can be a great mediator.

Sherwin Williams best beige paint colour, Accessible Beige, White Dove trim, dark wood flooring, stairs, hand railing, metal spindles, white risers. Kylie M blog



Balanced Beige is just one tone down on the same color strip as Accessible Beige. And just like Accessible, it leans a touch into gray and can look ALMOST greige in a north-facing room. It can also pick up a tiny wink o’ green (with encouragement) – a touch being an overstatement.

Best paint colours with dark wood trim, Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige and Warm Stone. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

Balanced Beige has an LRV of 46, making it a solid light-medium depth paint color. If you have a home with great natural light, you might like that it has a bit more body and can stand up to intense natural light – better than an off-white or light-depth paint color. However, make sure you still find it appealing in darker rooms or hallways.

If you love more traditional golden beiges, you may find Balanced Beige a bit too greige-taupe looking as it doesn’t cast that typical golden glow.

Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige. Accent Chair, south facing room. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour expert and consulting

LOOK at how it warms up with beautiful interior lighting in this next photo!

Mountain contemporary style bedroom. Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige neutral. Kylie M Interiors E-design, wood furniture, (2)

Again, I know the photo quality isn’t GREAT, but I do appreciate these after photos, as they give you a REAL-life (unedited) look at things!

FULL COLOR REVIEW of Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige



  • like Accessible Beige, Balanced Beige offers a more SUBTLE take on warmth
  • it doesn’t have overwhelming undertones
  • Balanced Beige offers a bit more contrast with white trim without weighing the average room down



Aesthetic White is one of my NEW favorite warm neutral paint colors – so much so that I used it in our new lake home!

Aesthetic White is an off-white beige but is FAR more muted than many of today’s typical light shades of beige.

Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White off white beige paint color with white trim and door simila to Pure White



  • To be honest, I won’t say Aesthetic White is popular YET, but with trends leaning warmer, I bet we’ll see a lot of this fab color popping up!
  • Aesthetic White can be a great choice for walls, cabinets, and exteriors – not every color can satisfy all three!

FULL COLOR REVIEW of Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White



I couldn’t end this article without talking about Winds Breath, a real HYBRID, touching on beige and cream while having a soft gray base to calm it down.

Benjamin Moore Winds Breath, Ballet White, Sherwin Williams Modern Gray and White Duck, comparing popular warm off white paint colours. SAMPLIZE and Kylie M.

Winds Breath is a subtle, warm neutral with flexibility that suits various interior finishes, including some trickier tiles and carpets.

FULL COLOR REVIEW of Benjamin Moore Winds Breath



Natural Tan runs in the same world as Canvas Tan; however, they have different approaches to the warm world. Whereas Canvas Tan has a slightly yellow-green base (slightly being an overstatement), Natural Tan has a bit more gray in it. Not only is Natural Tan less warm than Canvas Tan, but this gray cuts back the undertones.

In this next photo, notice the difference between Accessible Beige (left) and Natural Tan (right). Natural Tan has less gray and more warmth than Accessible Beige…

The difference between Sherwin Williams ACcessible Beige and Natural Tan - popular war neutral paint colours. Kylie M Interiors edesign

The WILD thing about Natural Tan is that while it can cater to a very vague green undertone, some people see it leaning slightly pink (more situational than actual, meaning it SHOULDN’T in the average home). This makes it a bit of a ninja and unpredictable – more reason to sample it carefully in your home with a large-scale peel-and-stick paint sample.

FULL Color Review of Sherwin Williams Natural Tan



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  1. Great post! I’m glad to see that warmer colors are coming back around, especially for those of us who can’t use grays because of the lighting in our home or that they simply don’t appeal to us. As you know I recently used Manchester Tan when Canvas Tan went too gray in our north facing room, and I have been thrilled with it! Just wanted to mention that in case any of your readers are struggling with the same problem.☺️

  2. Hi Kylie, great post!! Could you tell the difference in undertones of SW Kilim Beige and Sand Beach? They seem so close, I can’t decide which I should use. Thank you!

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      Oooo, Kilim Beige can be a tough one, as it does have a wink of pink in it. Of the 2, I would lean more into Sand Beach, but of course it can depend on the interior finishes in your home and which paint colour connects with them the best!

  3. Please save our marriage Kylie! I HAVE to pick a paint color once and for all! I currently have SW Restrained Gold and I am so over it!
    My favorite sample on white board has been BM Windsbreath but it is a sad grayish whitish color in my home. My other was SW neutral ground but looking neonish white in my LR.
    Just wanting one color for all rooms….med wood trim, offwhite kitchen cabinets, brown/black/creme quartz.
    I have read all of your wonderful reviews..just too overwhelmed! Thanks!!!!

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  4. Hi Kylie! Thank you so much for sharing all of your great expertise! Do you think SW Aesthetic White would also be considered a good warm whole home color? Thanks 🙂

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      YES YES YES! I love Aesthetic, as long as you know it’s not a TRADITIONAL warm colour as it’s more muted and toned-down 🙂

  5. Suggestions for a warm paint color to go with medium color oak cabinets & lots of yellow/orange undertones in the kitchen?!

  6. I just love reading your articles on paint colors and they’re undertones. I was wondering if you could tell us what the paint color of the walls is in the counseling waiting room at the beginning of the article. Also, when you talk about North facing windows and the light, is that the same for Arizona as well as say Canada or the northern United states? Does the light change as you go further south? Thanks a bunch! And keep the articles coming 👍

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      Ahhh, that’s Sherwin Williams Alabaster!

      And for the light changing, that’s a GREAT question. As far as I know, and I’m not even remotely scientific, is that we tend to have more GRAY days in the northern areas, whereas down in the southern states, there are more SUNNY days, this alone will change the general perceived warmth of any area. I’m going to look at this more though, my brain is churning…

  7. Hi Kylie,

    I’ve been trying to buy your consultation, but keep missing it before it sells out! You are My color specialist as I’ve been reading all of your advice and learning about LRV, exposure, and finishes. Do you like SW Natural Linen or SW creamy for an open concept kitchen/den with East facing kitchen and west facing Den? Kitchen cabinets/trim will be either SW Super White or SW Pure white- black granite countertop with very vague silvery/white translucent pieces (barely noticeable)- warm brown walnut floors throughout. Sofa in den is a linen color, also we have a red brick fireplace in den… currently painted SW Popular grey it’s brrrrrr too cold for me- Im so over it! I’m going for a comfy Transitional casual style and WARM WARM WARM look. We live in PA, Cape Colonial

  8. Hi Kylie Thank you so much for your expertise. I really enjoy reading your posts! I was wondering if you have any advice for choosing a colour for a new build condo that has north east exposure. Loads of natural light coming from the East face. North face has an overhang and some trees. I do tend towards colours like balanced beige. One of the colour choices from the builder is gray owl, I think it will be far too blue and cold though. Any advice you have would be appreciated.

  9. Please! What is the color in the bedroom picture with the bed, corner dresser chest and curtains. One picture under the one of the samples I believe.

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