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Best Beige and Tan Paint Colors

Beige and tan paint colors are a classic, neutral choice for a wall paint color.

These neutrals are warm and earthy, and serve as a great backdrop to a lot of coordinating colors.

But, are they in style right now? Keep reading to find out!

Classic Style Room with Beige Paint

The Range of Neutral Paint Colors

The most popular paint colors for walls right now are neutrals. Due to their ability to serve as a backdrop for many different styles and all sorts of colors, neutral paint colors remain the top choice for homeowners.

Neutral paint colors are traditionally thought of as beige paint colors, but they also include grays, whites, and even a few “colors” that are grounded with gray undertones.

There are many variations of neutrals. You can have warm, yellow whites or cool bluish whites. You can have warm purple grays or cool bluish grays. And you can have a huge spectrum of beige paint colors ranging from warm golden beiges to cool greenish tans.

Before we dive into the actual paint colors though, let’s talk for a minute about the undertones that can be present in beige and tan paint.

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Undertones in Beige Paint

If a color has yellow, orange or red undertones, it is a warm color. Warm paint colors can make a space feel cozy or energetic. They welcome you into the space with an enveloping feeling.

If a color has blue, green or purple undertones, it is typically a cool color. Cool paint colors are soothing and sophisticated. They tend to recede into the background more.

Beige paint colors can be either warm or cool, depending on their undertones.

Beiges that have purple undertones are considered taupe. Taupes can preset as either warm or cool. If they have more reddish tones, they will look warmer on your walls. But if they have more purple or grayish tones, they’ll look cool.

Beiges with more brown in them are tan. True tan colors are pretty neutral in their “temperature” (whether they read warm or cool).

Beiges with green undertones are khaki colored. They’ll typically be more cool on the walls.

Beiges with gray undertones are greiges. These are sort of like taupes, in that the particular makeup of their undertones will dictate whether the greige wall color reads warm or cool.

Types of Beige Colors Compared

So, as you can see, the undertones in beige paint colors (and all paint colors) are pretty important.

They can change whether the room feels more energetic or calming.

In addition, some undertones are more “livable” than others. Green and pink undertones are typically thought of hardest to work with, so if you’re concerned, steer away from paints with those.

Is Beige Paint In Style?

If you’re painting your home, you most likely looking for a paint color that a) you love, and b) is in style.

If beige is your color, you may be in luck! Let’s talk about the (relatively recent) history of beige paint.

Beige paint colors were the go-to choice for homes in the new 2000’s. Every new build had that builder beige paint (alongside those granite countertops).

As with all things though, the beige wall style ended and the gray paint color phase was ushered in. Followed by the greige paint color trend (which is still hot, by the way).

There is rumor that beige is coming back though in 2020. In fact, Sherwin Williams listed several beige colors on their 2020 Color Forecast.

Beige Paint in Modern Style Room

Top Beige and Tan Paint Colors

Before we start looking at the colors, I have an important note about beige and tan paint colors. Just because Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore give a paint color a name that includes “Tan” or “Beige” doesn’t mean that the color is actually tan or beige. It all depends on the undertones.

So just keep that in mind when you’re looking at the colors below.

Canvas Tan (SW 7531)

Canvas Tan Paint Color

Canvas Tan is a light tan paint color with a bit of gray in it. It has almost an airy feeling to it, and is my favorite beige or tan paint color on this list.

With an LRV of 64, it is a part of Sherwin Williams’ White and Pastel Paint Collection, because of how light it will appear on your walls.

Canvas Tan has a bit of yellow in it, but not that golden glow that some beiges carry.

Overall, it is also probably the best neutral beige paint color on the list, because it doesn’t lean particularly warm or cool.

Grant Beige (HC-83)

Grant Beige Paint Color

Grant Beige is a great choice for your room if you want an earthy, tan paint color that doesn’t have those yellow undertones of a true beige.

Grant Beige is one of the best tan paint colors, because it is light enough to go in a lot of rooms, but dark enough to make a statement. It has an LRV of 56.

It may have the tiniest bit of green in it, but don’t let that scare you. It’s undertones are much less apparent than most beige or tan paint colors.

Stone Hearth (984)

Stone Hearth Paint Color

Stone Hearth is a medium depth taupe color from Benjamin Moore’s Classic Color Collection.

It has an LRV of 48, which puts it in the medium category of colors.

Stone Hearth has a slight purple undertone and a good amount of gray in it, so much so that we could probably classify it as a greige (a purply greige though). While it is a warm color, the gray and purple in it pull it back from being too warm on your walls.

Stone Hearth will read a little cool in a North facing room, but will really tone down a South facing room nicely.

This beige is a pretty on-trend color for 2020. It will look amazing paired with white trim, but also goes well with blonde and light colored wood.

Shaker Beige (HC-45)

Shaker Beige Paint Color

Shaker Beige is a popular Benjamin Moore beige that is reminiscent of a sandy beach. It is a part of the Historical Colors collection, which is a palette of colors that are favored by designers and homeowners.

It has an LRV of 54, which means that it will have some weight on your walls, but won’t be too terribly dark.

Shaker Beige has a slight orange undertone, and just a hint of gray in it that helps tone it down.

Due to its orange undertone, Shaker Beige may not be your go to beige color if you want a shade that goes with cream colored upholstery. But, if you’re looking to warm up a North facing room, Shaker Beige is a good choice.

Kilim Beige (SW6106)

Kilim Beige Paint Color

Kilim Beige, by Sherwin Williams, is a light beige color that has a slight orange undertone. It also has a barely-there tinge of a pink undertone that you don’t notice unless you put it next to a beige with an orange undertone but NO pink.

These orange undertones make it one of the truest “beiges” on the list, because most people think of a orangy sort of color when they hear beige.

It has an LRV of 57, which puts it in the light category, will feel like a paint color with a medium depth on your walls.

Manchester Tan (HC-81)

Manchester Tan Paint Color

Manchester Tan, by Benjamin Moore, is a light, subtle beige paint color.

With an LRV of 64, it is fairly light, though not light enough that it will come off as an off-white paint color on your walls.

Manchester Tan is closer to a khaki color than some of the others on the list, with a hint of a green undertone. This green undertone makes it feel a bit more cool on your walls. It can be a great choice for a south facing room that you want to tone down a bit.

Overall, Manchester Tan is an elegant color that does well in homes.

Accessible Beige

I’ll bet you’re expecting a bit about Accessible Beige here… but you won’t find it!

Accessible Beige is one of the most popular beige paint colors on the market, but I’ll let you in on a little secret. It is not actually a beige paint color.

It is actually a greige paint color. While some of the shades on the list have just a touch of gray, Accessible Beige (which is probably the best gray beige paint color of all) has enough gray in it that I bumped it over to post on the Best Greige Paint Colors.

Check out this post on Accessible Beige for all the details about it!

What Style of Home Are Beige Walls Good For?

As a wall color, beige and tan paints set a nice neutral background for your accents. Beige and tan can go just as nicely with other neutrals as they do with warm, bright colors.

Because of this, beige and tan paint colors work well in many different style of homes.

For a monochromatic palette, beige and tan pair nicely with accent colors of white, ivory, cream and brown. This works well for a traditional, farmhouse or coastal style home.

For a more modern and trendy look, beige and tan are nicely offset with black accents.

Modern Room with Beige Paint Color

Or, pair beige walls with other warm shades, such as reds, oranges and yellows for a tuscan style home.

Final Thoughts on Beige and Tan Paint Colors

It is hard to choose which paint color is the best beige or tan, because it all depends on what you’re looking for.

For a starting point, consider this:

If you want a neutral beige, check out Canvas Tan or Grant Beige.

If you’re more interested in a warm beige, pick up a Samplize square of Shaker Beige or Kilim Beige.

If you want a cooler beige, take a look at Stone Hearth or Manchester Tan.

My biggest recommendation when picking a paint color is to see how the color looks in your home, with your furnishings and accent colors, and with your lighting.

The easiest way to do this is to get a Samplize square. These 12×12 stick-on paint samples are made from real paint (in all the best colors), so they will show you what each color will look like. You can remove them easily and put them on different part of the room to make sure the color is perfect!

Oh, and you can take $5 off your first order of Samplize paint squares!

I hope this post is helpful for you in picking a paint color! Feel free to drop me a question in the comment section if you’d like!

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The Best Beige and Tan Paint Colors

The Best Beige and Tan Paint Colors

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Thursday 29th of April 2021

Lauren, Going crazy trying to pick an all over color for my house. Lighting is different everywhere. Complete renovation. All the orange, yellow and gold tones out but still want warm. Cabinets will be bm Swiss coffee and island is a medium cooler brown. Floors will be special walnut and classic grey. Furniture is cream, browns with hints of soft blues and greens. Actually painting my kitchen table a green color. A soft warm green and chairs will have beige seats and backs with walnut legs. Rest of house is earth tone greens and creams. So... edgecomb grey or Manchester tan. I am so torn. Or any other suggestions. And my trim is old duron color white solitude. Not changing since I have plantation shutters and it was crazy expensive to paint all of them. Thanks for your help Julie


Thursday 29th of April 2021

Hi Julie! Edgecomb Gray is a much more popular and on-trend color right now. Manchester Tan is definitely a favorite by many, but Edgecomb Gray has that greige quality that helps it transition between the classic and trendy world. Plus, Edgecomb Gray goes really well with a lot of accent colors. The only hesitation that I have is that I'm not familiar with White Solitude, and it may be a little too warm for Edgecomb Gray. My fear is that it will make the walls look sort of washed out. If you can check it against the trim, and you still see that it pops a little, I would go with Edgecomb Gray. If it just looks blah next to it, go with Manchester Tan. Hope this helps!


Thursday 22nd of April 2021

Hi, I need help. We are painting our theater room and it has no windows, a black ceiling and some black the walls where the movie posters will be. No flooring yet. So I need a color that isn't to dark or cold. What do you think?


Thursday 29th of April 2021

Hi Valerie! I'm not sure what colors you like or if there are any other shades in the room, but I would probably go with a light gray such as Worldly Gray or Passive.


Monday 29th of March 2021

Your article peaked my interest as I am in a beige/tan dilemma. My builder's brand is Sherwin-Williams. I had a color consultant who suggested Kilim Beige for my custom home still in progress. However, when I did a poster board paint sample next to my sample wood (Tawney) flooring and hickory cabinet finishes, it looked the shade of putty. My husband favors Tan palettes/no gray, pink or yellow undertones. Then I turned to Practical Beige. It looks good but is it too dark? Also ceiling color either Modern White or Natural Linen. So I'm stuck. Thoughts on recommendations? Kristina


Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Hi Kristina! I do think that Practical Beige is a little too dark. Sand Dollar shares a color strip with Practical Beige (which doesn't mean that it is a lighter version of it, but colors on the same strip tend to share some of the same undertones). It is a little lighter than Practical Beige and a nice color. Some other nice beiges that don't lean too pink, gray or yellow would be Wool Skein or Relaxed Khaki (lean towards green) or Softer Tan. For the ceiling, I would recommend going with a more clean white, if you want a white ceiling, such as Pure White. Moderne White has strong blue green undertones, so I'm not sure that it is going to coordinate as nicely with the beige walls. Natural Linen will also be a definite color on the ceiling. Painted ceilings can be nice in the right space, but they can also make a room feel smaller. Between the two, I would pick Natural Linen though. Good luck!


Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Hi! Looking to paint our master bedroom a warm neutral. We have chestnut laminate and we face north with a patio over hang. Concerned paint I pick will clash as all designers on line warn about. We live in Florida so because of heat, tend to draw curtain and not have a lot of lights on during heat of day. Want a calming neutral (no green please). Was even considering a cream or a dark white! Please help! Decoratively challenged :( Karen


Saturday 27th of March 2021

Hi Karen! There are a lot of nice warm neutrals! Here are some pretty forgiving ones to get you started: Westhighland White, Creamy, Accessible Beige and Agreeable Gray. They are all very popular, beautiful shades! Good luck!!


Monday 26th of October 2020

Which beige/tan would look best in a small powder room (no window-inside room) with white vanity and bowl with brushed gold faucet , pulls and towels bar. Looking for sophisticated look. Shaker beige?


Thursday 29th of October 2020

Hi Nancy! I think that Manchester Tan or Grant Beige would be good options. To me, a bit of gray in the undertones gives a shade a more sophisticated look. I'll bet your bathroom will look gorgeous!