The Top 6 Beige and Tan Paint Colours (aka Neutrals)
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.
1. Benjamin Moore Grant Beige HC 83
Grant Beige is a tan paint colour 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, and in fact, in a north-facing room, it can even lean slightly greige.
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.
More about Grant Beige
- 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 colour, 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
2. Benjamin Moore Bennington Gray HC 82
Bennington Gray has more meat on its bones than a typical beige or tan paint colour, but it sure as heck isn’t gray like its name suggests. It can look slightly warmer than Grant Beige, without being too golden/yellow toned.
More about Bennington 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 cozy up your room, rather than lightening it
- Bennington Gray CAN grab a subtle green undertone, so be careful what you partner it with
3. Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan HC 81
Manchester Tan is one of the lighter, but not washed-out beige/tan colours available and has some flexibility to humour those who prefer a more neutral tan as well as those who love the warmer end of things.
The above photo shows Manchester Tan lightened by 25% in a space with different types of natural light.
More about Manchester Tan
- It will generally look like a neutral, light tan paint colour
- 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
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4. Benjamin Moore Stone House 1039
Stone House is a beige paint colour 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 colours due to its lower LRV of 49.61.
A bit more about Stone House
- Stone House has beautiful undertones that are centered on orange, but can flex slightly towards red (pink)
- It handles itself well in any exposure – north, east, south, west
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5. Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan HC 44
Lenox Tan is a beige paint colour with an orange-yellow undertone and is undoubtedly the warmest colour 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 colour!
More about Lenox Tan
- 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
6. Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige HC-45
Shaker Beige is a gorgeous warm beige paint colour. The undertones of Shaker Beige focus more on orange (slightly orange-pink), so if you aren’t a fan of those undertones, this might not be the colour for you! However, this particular blend makes it a popular choice for many homes built in the late 90s and early 2000s as many products from those years had similar undertones.
More about Shaker Beige
- Its depth creates a softer look compared to the slightly richer Lenox Tan, but it still has decent body to it
- It has an LRV of 54, so it’s light-ish, but won’t do as well in a room that’s dark
- It’s a soft warm neutral, not overly golden, but not grayed-out either
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Originally written in 2014, updated in 2020