The Best Beige Paint Colors


Beige isn't what it used to be. It was once the fall-back tone when you couldn't decide what color to use; today's beige is so much more. The current tones are often cool with hints of plum and gray, or they can be warm with traces of yellow and orange. When deciding on which beige paint is the best, look for colors that only require one coat and go on with an even touch.

Sophisticated and Quiet

  • Beige tones in shades of portobello mushroom and warm chestnut are striking examples of popular beige tones. When mixed with hints of gray, designers often call this "greige" --- it's cooled down with gray and warmed up with browns. This is a soft tone that is sophisticated and quiet; working well in living rooms and libraries or anywhere that requires and commands a sense of calm. This tone hints at traditional and collaborates well with rustic interiors, stone fireplaces and upscale lodge design. If your room is south-facing, this beige collection will cool it down.

Country Charm

  • Add yellow to beige and you warm a cool room immediately, especially if the room has a northern exposure. Tones of beige that carry traces of camel tones, tea and beechwood offer undertones of vanilla and cream and add country charm to stark spaces. This warm beige works well with shabby-chic and bleached wood and the traces of gray have a natural feel like grayed wood instead of the cold gray sky. Imagine desert hues and subtle suggestions of sand for this category.

Global Exposure

  • Global exposure touches on every color and beige is no exception. Beige with global influence has hints of spice such as cinnamon and saffron. Some color trend professionals call this category "Tribe" and others call it the "Rooted Collection." Either way, this collection is grounded on a global palette with hints of influence from Africa, Native America and Aboriginal peoples, offering a beige color that hints at the past but looks to the future. Global beige runs a little on the warm side so this would be a good color to warm up a room with a northern exposure. Use this color in rooms with texture especially texture found in fabric and wall decor --- global beige will compliment these decor accessories and accents of black will make this color pop.

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