The Best 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 not only act as backdrops to the features of your home but also help to neutralize or camouflage unwanted elements.
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Benjamin Moore Grant Beige HC 83
Grant Beige sits nicely in the beige/tan range without being too light or too dark. Grant Beige is pretty darned ‘tan’, in that it doesn’t have that typical golden beige look and in fact, in a north facing room, it can even lean slightly grayish.
In the above photo, you can see how natural light can make it appear lighter and brighter, while below, it has a slightly deeper look on a more shadowed wall.
More about Grant Beige
- The LRV of Grant Beige is 56.65, which means it will absorb light on a small scale. It is certainly not a heavy, dense colour, but it’s also not fresh and bright
- Grant Beige is in in the lighter range, but I consider it a ‘heavy’ light as it isn’t as fresh as some others
- While it can suit many rooms, it can be a bit heavy for dark hallways, in which case check out Manchester Tan
Read more: The Ultimate Guide to LRV
Benjamin Moore Bennington Gray HC 82
Bennington Gray has more depth than a typical beige/tan colour. It can pick up a slightly warmer look than Grant Beige, without being too golden/yellow toned.
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More about Bennington Gray
- It’s a great way to get a beige/warm feeling without being ‘golden’, for those of you with an aversion to yellow
- With an LRV of 46, it has some good visual weight to it
Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan HC 81
Manchester Tan is one of the lighter, but not washed-out beige/tan colours available. Manchester Tan has some flexibility to humour those who prefer a more neutral tan and those who like the warmer end – it all depends on your exposure!
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This shows Manchester Tan lightened by 25% in a space with different types of natural light.
More about Manchester Tan
- While I’ve heard it called ‘greige’ it really will act like a neutral, light beige/tan paint colour – not gray OR greige
- With an LRV of 64, it’s in a great range for the average room/lighting situation
Benjamin Moore Stone House 1039
Stone House is one of the warmer ones on this page. While it is a beige paint colour and will sit quite neutral on the walls, it has an awesome blend of warm undertones, without committing to any particular one. It has a bit more of a dense, slightly heavier feeling than the above colours.
A bit more about Stone House
- Compared to many typical beige colours, it has less of a yellow look to it as it has a nice blend of warm undertones
- It handles itself well in any exposure
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Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan HC 44
Lenox Tan is a beige paint colour with a slight orange 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 degree of warmth that rises up
- The LRV of Lenox Tan is 43, making it a slightly more rich choice
Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige HC-45
Shaker Beige is a gorgeous warm beige that is similar to Lenox Tan but has its own vibe. Its undertones do focus a bit more on orange, rather than yellow or red, so if you aren’t an orange undertone fan, this might not be the colour for you! However, it IS well-balanced and can humour the other undertones, particularly red/pink.
More about Shaker Beige
- It light depth gives a softer look than the slightly richer Lenox Tan
- It has an LRV of 54, so it’s light-ish, but won’t do as well in a room that isn’t well-lit either by natural or artificial light
- It’s a soft warm neutral, not overly golden, but not grayed-out either
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