Dining room, beige tan carpet, Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan paint colour on walls. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

The 8 Best Beige & Tan Paint Colours for Today’s MODERN Home

The NEW Era of Beige & Tan Paint Colours

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen beige, tan and MODERN in the same sentence – about 15 years to be exact. But it’s coming back, and before you know it, we’ll be fully immersed in the warm neutral world again, revelling in the GLORY of travertine, beige walls and Saint Cecilia granite countertop.

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, there are SOME finishes that won’t be coming back any time soon. However, with the coming trends, it will be MUCH easier to update the look of them with PURPOSEFULLY chosen warm neutral paint colours.

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!


  • they can be great transitional colours 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)
  • it’s also 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 of the 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 colour between spouses/partners who each prefer the warmer/cooler end of things
  • it’s also a great bra colour 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 just what ARE these so-called modern beige and tan paint colours?

Let’s take a lil boo…

The best, most popular modern beige and tan paint colour, Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant


Accessible Beige is one of THE most popular beige paint colours 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 actually leans a wink into gray. And trust me, this wee willy wink makes a HUGE difference, particularly in a north-facing room!

Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige, best tan, warm neutral paint color. Kylie M Interiors Edesing, diy online paint colour consulting advice

Sherwin Williams Accessible beige with leather sectional, fireplace and built-in wood tv STand. Kylie M Interiors E-design, online colour expert

 Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige


If you judge it by its Pinterest profile, Moderate White is one BUTT-ugly beige. 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 sure suits a HECK of a lot of interior finishes without looking heavy or outdated.

In comparison to the fabric on this sofa, Moderate White almost looks CREAMY in comparison, which just 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

And while I’ll admit this next ‘in progress’ photo is no screamin’ glory, it sure shows Moderate White at its VERY best…

Sherwin Williams Moderate White with beige tile in bathroom. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Moderate White


As beige gets more and more popular, I see Natural Linen being a BIG PART of the coming paint colour trends. Personally? I LOVE IT!

Natural Linen warm neutral paint color, Stone fireplace, maple wood built-ins. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, client photo. Online paint colour consultant

In an effort to show you REAL HOMES & REAL BUDGETS, I only use photos from my E-Design clients as my examples. THANK you for sharing your homes with me, you make my colourful little world go round! 

For those that are 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.

Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Natural Linen


When it comes to the best off-white warm beige paint colours, Aesthetic White and the previously mentioned Moderate White are near the top of my list.

Sherwin Williams Tony Taupe with red oak floor, Aesthetic White cabinets. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy update ideas

Aesthetic White is on the CABINETS, not the walls

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

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 towards warmth.

Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White


Balanced Beige is a great warm neutral if you’re looking for a BIT more depth, without hitting anything too rich or golden. While I think the lighter beige and tan paint colours 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 a bit more meat on its bones compared to 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 Colour Using LRV

Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige

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

Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…

  • samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • at $6.99, 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

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE


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 colour name has ‘beige or tan’ in it, beige caters to an orange undertone, tan caters to a yellow undertone.

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

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 to it.

Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan


Wool Skein might SEEM pretty tan with an almost greige backdrop to it, but surprise 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

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Do you like the approach of Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige, but wish it were lighter? Take a look at Natural Tan. Natural Tan is similar to Accessible Beige, but with its LRV of 65, it’s a nice shift lighter and softer looking.

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 Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Natural Tan

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


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Comments 12

  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.

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