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The 14 Best TRENDY Beige & Tan Paint Colors for 2024

Posted on October 4, 2023 by KylieMawdsley

The NEW Era of Modern, Warm Neutral Shades

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen beige, tan, and TRENDY or IN STYLE in the same sentence – about 15 years, to be exact. And while we won’t be seeing any brands choose beige as their ‘colors of the year’ (brands tend to get a bit more ‘creative’ with things), there are many shades that should be in the running.

That’s right, beige is coming back in a hurry. Before you know it, we’ll be fully immersed in the warm neutral world again, reveling in the GLORY of travertine, beige walls, and Saint Cecilia granite countertops.

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Just joking.

kitchen before with travertine

None of this is coming back anytime soon, but this doesn’t mean YOU can’t love it for your home!

While some of the above is true, SOME finishes won’t be coming back any time soon. However, with the coming trends, it will be MUCH easier to update their look with PURPOSEFULLY chosen warm neutral paint colors.

Natural cherry cabinets, travertine tile backsplash, black granite countertop, stainless steel range hood and pot filller. Design by Kylie M Interiors

Personally, I LOVE travertine tile and always will, whether it’s trendy or not!



  • a modern beige can be a great partner to some travertine tiles and early 2000s-style homes
  • they can be great transitional colors for homes with a warmer Tuscan style when the owner doesn’t want a traditional RICH, golden beige
  • a modern beige or tan is a way of staying in the ‘warm’ family without overheating a south or west-facing room (which can look darn warm on the best of days)
  • they’re a great way to add some softness to a NORTH-facing room without embracing the more golden end of things

And those are just a FEW ways you can use modern beige in your home. Just imagine what I can come up with once I’ve had my glass of wine…uno momento…NOW WE’RE PLAYIN’ WITH FIRE!

  • a modern beige can be a great transitional color between spouses/partners who each prefer the warmer/cooler end of things
  • it’s also a great bra color when you want to wear a white T-shirt

Entrway, 2 storey foyer in Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan, wod floor. Black Fox front door and staircase. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy decor and design blogger

Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan

Now, you’re probably wondering what these so-called modern beige and tan paint colors are.

Let’s take a lil boo…



Accessible Beige is one of THE most popular beige paint colors and has been for several years – even during the gray trend. With an LRV of 58, Accessible Beige is a light beige, but rather than looking GOLDEN like the beiges of the early 2000s, it leans a wink into gray. And trust me, this wee willy wink makes a HUGE difference, particularly in a north-facing room!

These next two photos demonstrate how DRASTICALLY the look of Accessible Beige can change. HOWEVER, assume it will look more like the second photo…

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

Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige with orange oak cabinet built ins and stone fireplace. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, CLIENT PHOTO

 Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige



Moderate White is one BUTT-ugly beige if you judge it by its Pinterest profile. However, in real life, it’s one of my faves. I will say that Moderate White has a bit more orange undertone than most people are looking for, but it suits a HECK of many interior finishes without looking heavy or outdated.

Basement north facing bedroom, beige carpet, Sherwin Williams Moderate White best warm neutral on walls, black and white accents. Kylie M Edesign

Compared to this leather sofa (creamy-beige, below), Moderate White almost looks CREAMY, which shows how flexible it can be…

Sherwin Williams Moderate White, Divine White, Benjamin Moore Maritime White difference. Warm off white beige paint colours. Kylie M Edesign

Remember, paint colors will change their appearance based on the room finishes, exposure, light bulbs, and the owner’s photography skills!

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Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Moderate White



Maritime White is one of my favorite beige paint colors. Soft, subtle, and warm, it covers all the bases without a huge commitment to a particular undertone. Especially for those updating homes from the 2000s, this shade, along with a few others on this page are GREAT, modern options.

kitchen peninsula, 2 color cabinet palette, uppers lowers, White Dove, Antique Pewter, Maritime White beige walls. Frosty Carrina countertop

Some find Maritime White too orange, too pink, too yellow, but at the end of the day, it’s one of the more versatile, SUBTLE, and flexible shades of beige on the market!

Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Maritime White



As beige gets increasingly popular, I see Natural Linen playing a big part in the coming paint color trends. Personally? I LOVE IT!

For those used to the muted approach of gray, greige, and taupe, Natural Linen will seem AWFULLY beige. However, compare it to the traditional beiges of yesteryear, and you’ll see how massively subtle and freakin’ GORGEOUS it is.

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

Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Natural Linen

Sherwin Williams Natural Linen in staircase with white and black railings, beige carpet, walls darkened by 25 percent. Kylie M Online paint color consulting

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White Sand is making the rounds. With a bit more depth than the ever-popular Ballet White, but not as much depth as the oldie but goodie, Manchester Tan, White Sand can be a great happy medium.

Check out how gorgeous White Sand is, acting as a moderator between the tan/white of the drapes and the strikingly red sofa…

Benjamin Moore White Sand, warm neutral beige tan cream blend paint color. With drapes and red furniture.

With its muted, slightly tan-inspired warmth, White Sand offers a contrast with a warm white trim without weighing a room down with oppressive warmth. Unless your room is overly south-facing, in which case, you need to be very careful with your warm neutrals!

Benjamin Moore White Sand, Samplize peel and stick, beige tan paint color with Kylie m

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Regarding the best off-white warm beige paint colors, Aesthetic White and the previously mentioned Moderate White are near the top of my list.

Aesthetic White, Moderate, Panda, Pure White. Sherwin Williams. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, paint colour expert. Off-whites

All samples are sitting on Sherwin Williams Shell White.

Stone on exterior, asphalt roof, Aesthetic White darkened, Sherwin Williams Mineral Deposit, Kylie M

The difference between Moderate White and Aesthetic White is that Aesthetic is more MUTED; it has a bit more gray to it, making it a great happy medium for those wanting a more PASSIVE nod toward warmth.

Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White



If White Sand doesn’t have the depth you’re looking for, Clay Beige is another great approach without tipping the scale into the HEAVY tans of the 2000s.

Clay Beige is a grounded shade of tan that’s very similar to Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan, another fan fave.

Sherwin Williams Sandbar and Benjamin Moore Clay Beige difference. Kylie M Interiors

Compare Clay Beige’s undertones compared to those of Sherwin Williams Sandbar. This is an important comparison. Let’s say you have a south or west-facing room that gets OVERLY warm looking. Whereas Clay Beige’s warmth could overwhelm this space, the more muted, less yellow look of Sandbar could ground your space a bit more.

On the other hand, Clay Beige offers more warmth to a north-facing room over the more moody look of Sandbar.




Balanced Beige is a great warm neutral if you’re looking for a BIT more depth without hitting anything too rich or golden. While lighter beige and tan paint colors will be more popular, Balanced Beige will definitely hold its own.

Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige, almost mushroom paint colour, south facing room. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online virtual paint color consultant. Best beige, greige paint colours

With an LRV of 46, Balanced Beige has more meat on its bones than the lighter SIMILAR version, Accessible Beige…

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

 How to Choose YOUR Best Paint Color Using LRV

Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige


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Canvas Tan looks a bit different from the others. Why? It’s a tan. What’s the MAIN difference between beige and tan? Generally speaking, REGARDLESS of whether the color name has ‘beige or tan’ in it, beige caters to an orange undertone, and tan caters to a yellow undertone.

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

Tans are OFTEN a bit more grounded looking, and while I wouldn’t say they’re grayed-out, many are more muted and ‘neutral’ looking compared to their popular beige counterparts (which can be open to perception, of course).

Ideas to update granite countertop with paint colour, Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan and Black Fox. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy decor and design expert

Canvas Tan has an LRV of 64, so it sits in the light range with that lovely balanced neutral base.

Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan



With trends leaning away from gray and into the warmer shade, people are looking for cozier colors. However, we’re not looking for old beiges; those heavy ones that are common to homes built in the last 20-25 years. We’re looking for modern, updated, FLEXIBLE shades.

Muslin is one of the most perfect, muted, warm shades of beige. While it centers on an orange undertone, it doesn’t cater hard to orange-yellow or orange-pink, making it versatile. It’s also not SO WARM that it’s off-putting to those who don’t love beige but realize their home needs it.

For example, Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige (below) is a bit more of a dated beige, commonly found in the 2000s homes…

Difference between Benjamin Moore Muslin, Sherwin Kilim Beige, best warm neutrals. Kylie M Interiors.

While the shift isn’t major, it’s important, as the lighter, gentler approach of Muslin makes it more MODERN.

Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Muslin



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Wool Skein might SEEM pretty tan with an almost greige backdrop to it, but surprise, it can lean a weee willly wink into green!

Sherwin Williams Wool Skein, beige with green undertone with green granite. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

Sherwin Williams Wool Skein, entryway bench and hooks. Cloud White. KYlie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour consulting, virtual design

Wool Skein is on the lighter end of things without looking washed out. With an LRV of 63, it ALMOST hits my happy button! Which Tim has been trying to do for years…

Paint Colour Review of Wool Skein

What’s The Difference Between Beige & Tan?



Do you like the approach of Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige but wish it were lighter? Take a look at Natural Tan. Natural Tan is a popular neutral shade with hints of yellow-green in it. With its LRV of 65, it’s a nice shift lighter than the heavier-looking Accessible Beige, which gives it a softer, more gentle approach.

Sherwin Williams Natural Tan, living room wood beams, vaulted ceiling, fireplace, beige sectional, dark wood floors. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting

Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Natural Tan

Natural light differences between Aesthetic, Natural TAn, Winds Breath, Edgecomb Gray. Samplize & Kylie m

And you MIGHT have noticed that these are all Sherwin Williams paint colors. Sure, I could add a few Benjamin Moore options to the list, colors like Muslin and Manchester Tan, but that’s for another day…and another blog post.



You’ve seen me mention Manchester Tan several times in the above info. This is because Manchester Tan is the OG of the beige and tan world (same with Muslin). Manchester Tan surfaced a few decades ago, and while the color trends ebbed and flowed, it still showed up in the odd home.

Manchester Tan with exotic red tone wood floor. Man tan is wrong color for this space. Foyer.

While I might’ve chosen a beige with a bit more orange undertone for the sake of this exotic red wood flooring, it’s still a lovely home! It also shows Manchester Tan VERY well, which is why I want to include it.

Manchester tan walls with corner brick fireplace, dining set. Red exotic cherry wood floor.

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And now that warm colors are back, I imagine Manchester Tan will hop back in the driver’s seat (of its pimped-out Caddy, seeing as it IS the OG).

Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan



If you’re looking for a Diviiiiine shade of beige, look no further than Divine White. Contrary to what its name says, Divine White is most definitely NOT what. Instead, with its LRV of 72, it’s a light-depth beige with a gorgeous orange undertone.

Hallway in Tuscan style home, travertine look tile floor with Sherwin Williams Divine White walls and off-white trim colour. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, update ideas

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Is it a stretch to say that Divine White is SUPER MODERN? Yes, but I’ve seen it work in SO MANY homes, especially homes that are transitioning, that it would be a shame to not mention it! If you want more modern, pop back to Aesthetic White.

Paint Color of Sherwin Williams Divine White



Natural Wicker has my heart. Why? It’s a great hybrid between beige and cream – giving a polite nod to both without 100% commitment to either.

Benjamin Moore Natural Wicker, best cream beige color in sunroom, yellow sofa, cream drapes. Kylie M Interiors

Seriously, is the above room not so stinkin’ PRETTY? My clients are the best. Compare Natural Wicker to the previously mentioned Muslin and see a) how much more beige Muslin looks and b) how Natural Wicker has a cheerier, almost creamier look.

Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Natural Wicker




Yes, beige is becoming popular again. Be careful to focus on muted, lighter beiges so they don’t mimic the beiges from the early 2000s – which could date your home rather than UPdate it.


While the heavy beiges from the early 2000s are seen as outdated, new, modern beiges are a great way to add subtle warmth to your home. Long story short, no, the RIGHT beige isn’t old-fashioned.

But even then, if you put the right furnishings and decor around an outdated beige, it can look ‘more modern’ than it normally would.

Sherwin Williams Basket Beige warm neutral paint color, rustic cozy nursery in primary bedroom


Beige is replacing gray in a BIG way. While we’re still seeing a lot of greige and taupe, as well as more transitional warm neutrals, beige is becoming increasingly popular in the paint color and home decor/furnishing worlds.


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Paint Color Review: Sherwin Williams Loggia & Shittake

Benjamin Moore’s Best Beige & Tan Paint Colours

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  1. Hi Kylie! I’m a huge fan! Loved this paint color review re. beige and tan. I never got on the gray train… hubster and I always choose warm, sometimes neutral colors. Anyhow….in our previous home (bought 2009) we used SW Moderate white in our living room which featured a natural brick fireplace. Gorgeous!

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      YES, I love Moderate White SO MUCH and I’m really hoping to see more of it in the coming warmer years – it’s a beautiful warm neutral.

  2. Hi, We are building a new home. I have chosen SW Natural Linen for walls and SW aesthetic white for cabinets and trim( doors too).
    Will this combo look okay?

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      NOPE! stop the bus! One of those will need to shift! Natural Linen would like something whiter OR cleaner. OR, Aesthetic White prefers a beige with a bit more dirt in it, ie. Accessible Beige 🙂

      1. Which SW white should I choose? Construction decorator chose this combo.. I have struggled w the choice.
        Exterior is balanced beige w aesthetic white trim and tricorn black front door and corbels.
        The natural linen wall color blends w all my fabrics. Thank you so much for
        input.. construction is on hold again( the world is on hold) so think I have time to change colors .. not like I am wanting walls moved.

  3. One more question, if I can use accessible beige for walls, would aesthetic white look not too gray .. I am a beige kinda decorator w my fabrics. My kitchen counter is Silestone silken Pearl .
    Thanks so much and look forward to your input. This is our last new build ( 4 total ).

  4. Hi Kylie! I can’t thank you enough for this incredible website! We just purchased our first home and every time our newborn son is down for a nap I am on this website learning!! To think not that long ago I didn’t even know what LRV was 🙂 Our living room is north-facing and there are warmer tones throughout the house (for example, the trim is a deeper orange-red stained wood and we have a Persian-style deep red/navy blue carpet), so I was thinking of maybe doing Kilim Beige on the walls with Pure White on the ceilings; however, I would LOVE to do one of these warm new-era beiges (but I have learned from you that what fits the house is better than what colors I like!). Do you think any of these new-era beiges would work in a north-facing living room with warmer elements (warmer trim and Persian-style deep red/navy blue rug) with pure white on the ceiling? Thank you so much for this website and all of your help and advice!

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      Thank you for the awesome compliments!

      So, you’ve done your homework and YES, Kilim Beige does make me that bit nervous :). PERSONALLY, I would explore Sherwin Williams Natural Linen as it has a similar approach, but a more MODERN take on things! It also has that bit more warmth than a colour like Accessible Beige to handle the northern light a bit better. I hope this helps!

  5. Hi Kylie,

    I’ve used Manchester Tan in my living room for the last ten years and love it. I want to lighten the room up and I’m thinking of using Manchester Tan at 50% lighter. Do you think this is a good idea? Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated too😊

    Thanks, Nancy

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  6. I have Baltic brown countertops in my ensuite and I’m wanting to do a backsplash wallpaper. Can I use Tempaper Peonies Noir or will it be too busy with the counter?The rest of the walls are SW Alabaster White, cabinets are BM White Chocolate and hardware and faucet are matte black.

  7. Hi Kylie,

    Thanks for this post! I searching for a beige for trim and baseboards. Can you do a post on beige/tan/cream baseboard and wall combos please?

  8. Hi Kylie,
    Loving you posts. Updating our golden colors from the past and struggling a bit with older oak furniture and green sofa. hoping some of the above may look good before I chicken out and stick with the old. Do you mind sharing the color on the wall in last photo above the crib? Thanks!

  9. I am experiencing for the first time choosing paint colors for multiple rooms in my house. To say I’ve been overwhelmed would be an understatement— how many white paint colors can you have?! lol so I have been reading many blog articles on your website!! I would love some clarification though. In this article, you indicate that Kilim Beige would date my home. And yet you have another article on top 9 darker beige colors where you list Kilim Beige and you have a whole post/review on the paint color. I’m wondering how to make all of these jive. I was leaning towards using that paint color— but modernizing the furniture and overall aesthetic of the room— but now I’m not sure based on your mention of it in this article. Thank you!!

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      Oh, it’s a tough one. The thing is, it can look dated, depending on its surroundings, as it is a slightly darker/stronger beige. But all the same, it has TONS OF FANS! Would I use it if I wanted a modern look? Nope. But TONS of people do – and love it!

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