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The 6 Best Benjamin Moore Beige & Tan Paint Colors

Posted on April 7, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

The Top 6 Warm Neutrals for Any Room

Are you blah’ed out by beiges and not-so-nutty about neutrals? Well, don’t be! There are some fan-tan-stic tans out there that act not only as backdrops to the features of your home, but also help neutralize or camouflage unwanted elements.

The best beige and tan neutral paint colours, Benjamin Moore. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online virtual paint color consultant and edecor advice blogger


Grant Beige is a tan paint color that isn’t too light or too dark thanks to its moderate LRV of 56.65 (learn more about LRV here). And regardless of what its name says, Grant Beige is pretty darned ‘tan’ as it doesn’t have that typical golden beige look. In fact, in a north-facing room, Grant Beige can even lean slightly greige.

Rustic country or hunting decor in a dining room. Benjamin Moore Grant Beige. Design by Color Consultant Kylie M Interiors

In the above photo, notice how natural light can make it appear lighter and brighter, while below, it has a slightly deeper look on a more shaded wall, as shown in this staircase and hallway…

Best tan beige paint colour, Benjamin Moore Grant Beige, neutral color in stairwell with wood railing, white railing and wainscoting. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour advice blog


  • The LRV of Grant Beige is 56.65, putting it on the LOWER, slightly darker side of the light range. It’s certainly not a heavy, dense color, but it’s not fresh and bright.
  • While it can suit many rooms, it can be a bit heavy for dark hallways, in which case, check out Manchester Tan.

FULL Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Grant Beige

The Ultimate Guide to LRV and Picking Paint Colors


Bennington Gray has more meat on its bones than a typical beige or tan paint color, but it sure as heck isn’t gray like its name suggests. You’ll also find Bennington Gray looking slightly warmer than Grant Beige without being too golden/yellow toned.

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy dining room, Bennington Gray, beige paint colour with neutral carpet. Kylie M INteriors E-design, online paint color consulting

Kylie M E-design, online paint color consultation expert. Benjamin Moore Bennington Gray with red brick. Paint colours


  • Even though it has gray in its name, it’s NOT remotely close to gray.
  • It’s a great way to get a warm look without being golden, for those of you with an aversion to yellow/orange.
  • With an LRV of 46, it has good visual weight to it, so it will cosy up your room, rather than lightening it.
  • Bennington Gray CAN grab a subtle green undertone, so be careful what you partner it with.


Manchester Tan is one of the lighter, but not washed-out beige/tan colors with the flexibility to humor those who prefer a more neutral tan as well as those who love the warmer end of things.

Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan lightened by 25 percent. Kylie M Interiors edesign and colour consulting services

The above photo shows Manchester Tan lightened by 25% in a space with different types of natural light.

Best neutral, Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan, Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color advice

Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan


  • It will generally look like a neutral, light tan paint color.
  • With an LRV of 64, it’s in a great range for the average room/lighting situation.
  • It has a vague yellow undertone and can nod towards green just a wink, although rarely does unless partnered with a finish with opposite (pinkish) undertones

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

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  • samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, 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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Stone House is a beige paint color and sits quite neutral on the walls with an awesome blend of warm undertones. It has a more dense, slightly heavier feeling than the above colors due to its lower LRV of 49.61.

Benjamin Moore Stone House, one of the best warm neutral or beige paint colours.

Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Stone House

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  • Stone House has beautiful undertones that are centered on orange but can flex slightly towards red (pink).

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Lenox Tan is a beige paint color with an orange-yellow undertone and is undoubtedly the warmest color on this page. If you aren’t a fan of orange undertones you’ll want to stay away from this one, however, if you want a slightly warm neutral without a strong yellow, then this could be your best shade!

Beige paint color Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan, Kylie M INteriors E-design, paint color consulting. beige carpet

Lenox Tan Benjamin Moore in warm, farmhouse style living room with oak, pine and wood fireplace. Kylie M Interiors E-design and ONline Colour Consulting services


  • Compare it to Grant Beige to see the warmth that rises up.
  • The LRV of Lenox Tan is 43, making it a slightly richer choice.
  • Once in a while, it picks up a wink of green but it’s INCREDIBLY passive.

FULL Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan

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Shaker Beige is a gorgeous warm beige paint color with undertones that focus on orange (slightly orange-pink). This particular blend makes Shaker Beige a popular choice for many homes built in the late 90s and early 2000s as many products from those years have similar undertones.

Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige, 2 storey living room with modern country style decor and beige carpet. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour consulting. Client photo


  • Its depth creates a softer look compared to the slightly richer Lenox Tan, but it still has decent body to it.
  • It’s a soft warm neutral, not overly golden, but not grayed-out either.


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Originally written in 2014, updated in 2021


  1. Thank you Kelly, I love to hear that!!!!

    Okay, so you have to be careful with the orangey/yellowy bricks that you don’t go too tan/gray/neutral around it or else you risk it just not ‘visually connecting’ with your fireplace. I also LOVE Templeton but it could be too blue – really depends on your home and it’s accents. I love Chelsea Gray and as long as your entryway isn’t a dungeon it can be amazing! You can also consider having it lightened by 1/4 to take the edge off. You’ll find that it should tie in really nicely with your grout and won’t clash at all with your other colours as it really is quite a lovely neutral. I hope that helps you Kelly!!


  2. Hi Jen, sorry for the delayed reply!

    These days I try to refer questions to my Online Consulting as I’m so busy with my biz, but sometimes I simply ‘like’ a question and want to answer it because…well, because I want to – so here we go!!!

    Okay, so I love that you want to go brave with your colour choice. Sometimes when you have a lot of warm neutrals in a space it’s nice to add some Balance – meaning a cool colour. Carolina Gull is a great way to do that. Some of the earth toned green/blues can go too gray in a lowlight space or in the evening, however Carolina Gull retains it’s ‘colour’ – which means it’s awesome! I had it in my stairwell for a while and loooved it, but as usual, I got bored!

    Edgecomb Gray is a great colour but PLLLLLEEEEEEASE don’t put it with you current palette. It’s a gray, but it just barely slightly leans towards the soft end of things, meaning pink. Now I don’t mean it will look at all pink, but compared to some of the more neutral grays (like Gray Owl and Revere Pewter) it just leans that way. And it will lean that way if it’s paired with warm/yellow undertone colours as the undertone will clash for sure!

    If you would like to add more grays to your palette, while keeping colours like Sandy Brown, you’ll want them to be dark enough that they aren’t typical ‘light grays’ – like Edgecomb, as they can just look dirty. You might want to lean into grays that have a wee bit of undertone (which means that they will shift colour throughout the day which is a cool thing).

    If you took colours like Gray Horse and Sea Haze and had them darkened by 1/4, they would be nice partners with Sandy Brown and definitely lean towards the gray end of things. And Sandy Hook Gray…oh my goodness, Sandy Hook Gray is amazing and would look soooooo good with Sandy Brown. It’s kind of like a gray with a brown/green undertone….I love it….

    Okay, so I hope that helps you out!!!


  3. I’ve studied countless sites, have learned so much from you, but I’m stuck.

    Upstairs has dark brown walnut floors…downstairs has cherry wood.

    Downstairs living room has grand reddish-grey brick fireplace. House is a white and black colonial type. Lots of light downstairs. Big windows. Darker hall upstairs.

    I want a light neutral hallway paint with either greige or creamy undertones. I’m torn. Upstairs I want greige undertones in my light paint and downstairs I want creamy warm undertones.

    Problem- downstairs to upstairs is continuous…staircase, tall ceilings at entrance. I’m so stuck. What works for one floors doesn’t work for the other.

    Is there any hope for a good paint colour? I’ve agonized for months. Paint samples, 100s of paint cards all over the house, detailed study of undertones….still stuck.

    Is white my only option?

    Living in fear of white

  4. Hi Kylie,

    I’ve really enjoyed looking over your site, very helpful. I’m needing help with paint color. I have stone lion in my living room by Sherwin Williams ( that i feel is too dark for the space). The only natural light I have in the living room is coming from the back of my house which is south facing, as the front of the house is north facing. In my foyer (north facing) I have 50% stone lion ( not much nat. light there either). My living room connects to my dining area that is connected to my kitchen, so pretty much open floor plan. In my dining area I have believable buff, which looks like a soft yellow. I really love it BUT im willing to change it as I want to paint the living room and foyer a lighter color and want it to flow into the dining and kitchen, all one color. I feel the different colors I currently have are too busy on the eye. My color pallet that Im leaning toward is the creams/tans/brown earth tone colors. I love the living room photos that i see on the internet with the cream on creams in various shades. I have bright white trim and wainscoting throughout. The problem I’m having is mainly with my kitchen cabinets. I want a color that will work throughout PLUS compliment my kitchen cabinets. My cabinets are base cream/ distressed/ glazed. With the glazed cabinets im having a hard time finding a color to compliment instead of clashing. My back splash is crema marfil with a medallion of brown/tans/creams. My granite is a Giallo ( I cant recall the exact color, maybe the Verona). I have looked at Accessible beige ( pretty but i feel its too dark in certain light), Ive considered edgecomb gray but looks a little too gray at times. I think the colors look better in homes with taller ceilings and more nat. lighting. If you can sheare some ideas, Id greatly appreciate it. I have tried soooo many samples and they either have too much yellow, too much pink or too much gray undetones.


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      Hi Melissa! When it comes to questions that are more detailed like yours, it’s really hard for me to give you great ideas without photos, this way I can spend some proper time with you and your home. I try to give as much complimentary info as I can on my blog and if that doesn’t help, then e-design just might! It’s affordable and it’s fun and I can give you some good answers, rather than just guessing at what you’ve explained. If that interest you, the link is here and i do hope to hear from you – I can help! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/

  5. Kylie, love love your blog! First time commenter, long time reader. I wanted to paint my house (we just moved) Gray Owl, the kitchen cabinets are wood (kind of sand colour) the tiles around the cabinets are also a sand type colour with some yellow-ish tones. Not a colour I would have picked but it’s not in the budget to replace it right now. Any recommendations? Is Gray Owl a no-no? Thank you!

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      Hi Ciara, I’m glad you wrote! So, without knowing the sand colour it’s hard to say, but my INSTINCTS say no, that Gray Owl will be too cold and you might need something more along the lines of REvere Pewter perhaps…

      If that doesn’t feel good, I do have an E-design service (it’s affordable and fun) and then I can look at your photos/personal tastes and come up with some on-point thoughts for you 🙂 https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/

  6. Hi Kylie,

    I’ve been reading you blogs for months and they are super helpful! I painted most of my house BM Revere Pewter thanks to your advice! Just a quick question – will Benjamin Moore Grant Beige work as an accent wall with BM Edgecomb Gray? I think they are both in the greige family with a greenish undertone, right?

    Thanks so much!

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      Hi Mel, I probably wouldn’t – Grant Beige should come up TOO beige for Edgecomb! You might want to try BM Pashmina… 🙂

      1. Hi Kylie, thanks so much for responding. I should have explained my dilemma further. I’m looking for a neutral warmish beige colour to paint our north-facing living room. We have mid-tone reddish hardwood floor and a light gray/beigish stone fireplace. We have a chocolate brown couch. I want a slightly darker colour to accent the fireplace wall. Also we have Revere Pewter in the adjoining hallway so I didn’t want anything that would clash with that. Hoping you can suggest 2 colours for me! Thanks again!

  7. Ugh! I just got done painting my family room in SW Accessible Beige (based upon your description of the color and its undertones) and I am seeing a light celery green – not the look I was going for at all! The room has an east facing patio door, a west facing window, golden oak wood trim and “Chicago old” brick fireplace that dominates the room. I’m ready to try a different neutral.Any suggestions? Home Depot mixed the color for me in PPG eggshell, would that account for the green that I am seeing?

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      Ahhhh yes, colour matching CAN work, but not always. I had THE EXACT same thing happen to another client! You can also get some green if you have a lot of grass/trees reflecting in from outside.

  8. Hi Kylie
    I just purchased a pewter leather sofa with a tan accent chair and I was wondering what colour would look best in my living room facing South? I have glass tables with brass accents as well as lights. Oh Ya also oak trim unfortunately. I was swinging toward grant beige as I like paint with Lrv around 50. If you have a better suggestion I would love to hear.

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  9. Hi Kylie!

    After finding your website to guide us on colors to paint our townhome for sale, I’ve peen been pouring over your articles to learn as much as I can about colors for our new home! For our Master Bedroom, we have a mostly white bedding with small hints of beige (accent pillow, a throw) because the room has pretty good lighting. I’m trying to decide between Worldy Grey and Berkshire beige for our wall color? Anyt thoughts on which one would work best? Of course, if you have any other suggestions for a calming color, I would be open to looking into it.

    Thank you so much!

  10. HI Kylie
    I love your posts and have learned soooo much from you.
    During this pandemic-stay- home-not vworking- time I’m painting through my house, one room at a time. Its been my sanity here in upstate NY. Sometimes Ive mixed paints together to get just the right color. So far, so good!.
    . We recently bought a 1840s era home , Im stumped about choosing my living room with south facing windows. Oatmeal colored furniture and a area rug with cream and some soft blues. I would say furniture is a warm tone. The flooring is carpeted for now…oatmeal…but beneath are old plank floors which I hope to refinish. I waa starting to paint Manchester Tan…. but Im not loving it. Its a bit too warm I think… need a bit more grey /greige’ but too much grey woukd clash with my furniture. Any ideas for me? The LVR is perfectvin this range as i I like my woodwoork (Chantilly Lace) to stand out.
    I woukd love your suggestions. I’d like to stay with Ben Moore paint. There is a store nearby and love the coverage on my walls.
    Thank you!

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