Finding the perfect neutral color for a room can be tough. Depending on the type of lighting, the shape and size of the room, and the accents that are already present can make you walk a wobbly line between blasé and bold. We spoke with several experts who gave us a color suggestions that easily spruce up any room—so we're saying goodbye to builder-grade beige. These interior designers prove that beige paint colors are anything but boring.
Here are 10 of the best beige paint colors for your home, handpicked by designers.
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"Have you ever been to Bermuda and dipped your toes into peachy-pink sand? That is the color of Siesta Sands by Pittsburgh Paints," says New York City architect John Mochelle. He appreciates that it goes beyond a basic white, but comes off sweeter than your typical tan. "It works nicely in kitchens, powder rooms, bedrooms, and especially in rooms with natural wood accents, white furniture, natural light, and living greenery," he says.
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Interior designer Tara Polony likes that Slipper Satin by Farrow & Ball, a warm-undertone pink, has the ability to change with the light in the space. "In sunny rooms, it can appear as a warm chalky white during the day," she says.
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Accessible Beige by Sherwin-Williams is not your builder grade beige, according to Alicia Weaver of Alicia Weaver Design. "It is a timeless hue that leans toward taupe. We always find ourselves coming back to it when searching for an alternative to warm white."
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"Beige sounds like an easy color to define, but it is not," says architect John Mochelle. "Most people think it is a dull shade of very light tan. However, it is the colorful undertones that give various shades of beige their personality. For example: The Spruce Best Home Macrame Beige. It has a sweet hint of peach that adds character to walls. Pair with plush furnishings in creamy colors to create a bohemian-inspired retreat."Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Elephant’s Breath by Farrow & Ball is an exciting shade of beige. Depending on the time of day it can read as a warm gray with a pinch of magenta. To bring out the color's subtle yellow undertone, combine with an earthy palette of browns and greens.
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If you're not careful, dusty shades can go from dainty to dingy. Interior designer Tara Polony suggests using Benjamin Moore's Georgetown Pink Beige for a color that won't look "dowdy." She says, "It has a rosy blush that perks up walls. Combine with accents in pastel colors including yellow, green, and blue to create a relaxing space with a beachy vibe."
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Kylie from Kylie M. Interiors says if you are looking for the most neutral shade of beige ever, consider Sherwin-Williams Barcelona Beige. No matter the time of day, the color does not come off overly warm, and because it does not have a speck of gray, it never reads as cool.
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"I do love the color of natural linen, so of course I am drawn to Soft Linen by Magnolia Home," says interior architect John Mochelle. "It reminds me of white oatmeal with a subtle peachy kick—just the right mix of earthiness and warmth without coming off as ho-hum." He recommends pairing this hue with nautical-inspired colors like red, white, and navy.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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If you are looking for a shade of beige with a spot of orange, Kylie from Kylie M Interiors suggests Shaker Beige by Benjamin Moore. Its undertone is indeed orange, but not red or yellow she advises. She adds that it is a well-balanced color that adds warmth and brightness to spaces, especially when paired with white trim.
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"Agreeable Gray by Sherwin-Williams is one of my top, beige contenders," says color consultant and décor blogger, Laura Rugh. "But do not let its name fool you—it is an authentic shade of beige with a subtle hint of gray." She adds that the wall color works beautifully with blue and green or blue and gray color schemes.