Beige has a dated thought and feel and seems kind of boring. As Chad would say, “I don’t think so, Scooter”. It can seem dated with all the gray going on these days, but beige has its place and always will. Beige is a fantastic neutral that if chosen well, can be the perfect back drop for all the things in your home. We’ve chosen our favorite beiges to help you make a decision…just our 20 cents.
Unique Painting KC’s Top 4 Favorite Beiges:
Accessible Beige SW7036:
Accessible beige is what I would call a greige, but it leans more to the beige side instead of gray. I also see a slight taupe undertone in certain light. I recommend it often for folks who like the tan walls they currently have but want to brighten things up and modernize a bit, but are scared of too much change. It’s a subtle switch that can really make a difference. It looks great with honey oak as well as dark stained woodwork. Accessible Beige is like your Aunt that wants to go out and party with the younger crowd Saturday night but is worried about making it to church on time the next day. Accessible Beige is a fantastic exterior color as well.
Balanced Beige SW7037:
I’m going to go out on a limb here and share something with you, a thought that goes on in my creative mind. On a color deck there are strips of colors. I look at each of those strips as a family. Each color on that strip is a member of the family. On the Sherwin Williams color deck, strip 222, Accessible Beige and Balanced Beige are the top 2 colors respectively, gradient wise. I consider them brother and sister. In my mind, Balanced Beige is the calm, cool, strong big brother to Accessible Beige. They have a great relationship. They never fight like most brothers and sisters do. Does that make me sound a little touched? Maybe so, but you have to admit, it’s a pretty creative way to look at things. Balanced Beige is a greige that leans more toward the tan side like its sister Accessible Beige but is a bit darker and offers a little more contrast and warmth. Balanced Beige and Accessible Beige are both perfect for open concept floor plans and are neutral enough to use in every room of your house.
Shaker Beige HC-45:
I have folks tell me they are so sick of gray. A few years ago, I heard the same thing about beige. And, so it goes with the color trend boomerang. Shaker Beige is a Benjamin Moore neutral that has slight orange and pink undertones, but not too much of each. It’s nicely balanced and this is a beige that definitely cannot be called greige, not a touch of gray in sight. I think Shaker Beige plays nicely with white and colors in the turquoise family. It’s a fantastic neutral tan for those who just can’t bring themselves to jump on the gray bandwagon. I’d love to see this Shaker Beige on some Shaker cabinets.
Moon Shadow 1516:
Benjamin Moore’s Classic Color Collection is where you can find Moon Shadow, and that should tell you something. It should tell you that Moon Shadow is a timeless color that is quite versatile, as are all the colors in the Benjamin Moore Classic Color Collection. What I love about this beige is its somewhat green undertone. It cools the beige down giving it almost a gray appearance, but I would still absolutely consider Moon Shadow a warm beige. It’s not too dark, but not too light either. It’s another good color to use all over the place.
There you have it folks! Tan has a bad rap these days but, don’t be a hater! There’s a beige for everyone. These are our favorites, however, there are so many beiges out there, all with different undertones. Choosing the right beige for the interior of your home depends on your furnishings and items you do not plan to change (flooring, tile, interior trim color, countertops, etc.) and finding the undertone of those items, how the sunlight works in the room being painted, and how you want the room to feel (warm, cool, dark, bright). For exterior, choosing the right beige is also about making sure the color you choose jives with your roof, landscaping, windows, any stone or brick you may have on your house, and even paying attention to the color of your neighbor’s homes. Whether you’re choosing interior or exterior beiges, taking the time to grab a sample is not a terrible idea, I would recommend it if you’re struggling and even if you’re not. Actually seeing the color in its element will give you some peace of mind.
And if you’re still having a hard time choosing the right beige, I’m just a phone call away (816-442-9699).