While the monotone beige interiors of decades past might have felt like a cop out and a failure of imagination, today’s beige spaces are warm and inviting, full of texture, and feel like a warm hug compared with the stark white interiors that have dominated our homes in recent years.
Many modern interiors feature a broad spectrum of beige tones that can range from the palest cream to the deepest shades of brown for a rich, layered, tonal look. Beige is a versatile neutral that can work in any style living room. You can mix warm shades of beige for a cozy look, mix beige with other colors, or use beige accents to warm up an all-white space.
Check out these beige-toned living rooms in a number of different styles from a range of designers that will have you dreaming of a beige living room and will show you how to do create one that feels fresh, livable, and modern.
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In this warm beige living room from Joshua Smith Inc., a minimalist midcentury modern textural fireplace wall sets the tone, while beige wood ceiling beams and a mix of light beige and burnt orange accents complement the serene ambiance.Continue to 2 of 38 below.
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Warm Up a White Room
In this fresh and modern living room from Sissy + Marley, shades of white are warmed up with pale beige textiles, decor, and wood tones to create a light and airy feel that is less stark than a pure white interior.Continue to 3 of 38 below.
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Layer Multiple Shades
This Scandinavian apartment living room from Fantastic Frank is warmed up with soft tones of beige that range from pale taupe to deep rust, giving the small space a cozy and enveloping feeling.Continue to 4 of 38 below.
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Rich honey-toned beige wall paint adds warmth and softness to this spacious living room from Chango & Co. that is decorated with plush furnishings in shades of beige and brown to create a tranquil oasis in the middle of NYC.Continue to 5 of 38 below.
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Paint a Beige Border
Leanne Ford Interiors modernized the walls of this living room by painting a taupe-y beige matte border around the room that helps ground the seating area while making the ceilings seem taller.Continue to 6 of 38 below.
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Use Sepia Tones
Becca Interiors used multiple shades of beige to create a sepia-toned effect in this spacious and comfortable family living room that has a timeless feel. A chocolate brown velvet sofa adds a complementary tone that feels extra cozy.Continue to 7 of 38 below.
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Wash It Out
If you like the idea of beige walls but want something more nuanced than a solid wall of paint, take inspiration from this cottage living room from Leanne Ford Interiors. The textured wall treatment was achieved by layering PPG Pure Timeless White paint with a coffee wash using everyone's favorite morning beverage that gives the walls a warm and lived-in look and quality.
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Warm Up a Formal Living Room
Kendall Wilkinson Design warmed the walls of this spacious formal living room with shades of beige paint that allow the artwork and designer furnishings to shine.Continue to 9 of 38 below.
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Use Desert Inspired Hues
The sandy tones of the Southern California desert outside the windows of this living room from Laura Brophy Interiors inspire the indoor palette of soft beige and off-white. A pair of massive butterscotch leather sofas and a warm fireplace wall add warmth.Continue to 10 of 38 below.
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Accentuate the Curves
Soft beige paint, plush textiles, and decor details blanket the curves of this NYC living room from Chango & Co. to create a chic, warm modern minimalist feel.Continue to 11 of 38 below.
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Accent With Reds and Blues
Kendall Wilkinson Design accented the pale beige walls of this living room with tones of blue, red, and brown to create a warm modern mood.Continue to 12 of 38 below.
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Mix With Black
Warm beige tones bring warmth to this sophisticated open plan living room design from Sissy + Marley that is rendered in a modern neutral palette layered with varying patterns and textures.Continue to 13 of 38 below.
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Use Warm Stone Finishes
A large beige stone fireplace wall and pale beige tile floors add golden toned warmth to this light and airy living room from Laura Brophy Interiors that is balanced with pale blue accents for subtle contrast and balance.Continue to 14 of 38 below.
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Sissy + Marley used a range of tones on textiles and furnishings from the palest off-white to cream to taupe, light brown, cognac, and rust to add warmth to this well appointed living room.Continue to 15 of 38 below.
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Mix With Taupe
Laura Brophy Interiors mixed cool and warm tones on the walls, ceiling, and fireplace of this organic living room that has enormous picture windows with a mesmerizing view of the lush greenery outside. But pale blond hardwood flooring, sculptural golden-toned wood armchairs, and natural textures on the upholstery and natural cow hide rug add softness and create an overall warm feel in the Southern California living room.Continue to 16 of 38 below.
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Play With Pattern
Mindy Gayer Design Co. added checkered beige-and-white throw pillows and an area rug to add warmth to this pale tonal beige living room dressed in a mix of cool and white beige tones and wood accents that creates a warm, family-friendly atmosphere.Continue to 17 of 38 below.
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Warm Up Gray Tones
Warm beige wall paint adds warmth to this Scandinavian apartment living room from Fantastic Frank that is outfitted with cool gray and navy blue decor and furnishings.Continue to 18 of 38 below.
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Embrace a Monochromatic Feel
This NYC basement living room space from Chango & Co. is bathed in pale beige tones, smooth textures, and soft curvy shapes, from the large U-shaped sofa to the round floor poufs. The pale wall paint is complemented with blond wood ceiling beams while black metal framed glass doors to the outside add graphic interest.Continue to 19 of 38 below.
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Warm Up a Rustic Room
WRJ Design dressed this rustic living room in shades of beige from the checkered curtains to the natural hide on the floor to the soft furnishings and pale wood tones that add warmth to a room dominated by a monumental gray stone fireplace wall.Continue to 20 of 38 below.
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Accent With Black
Black accents define and emphasize decor details in this moody, minimalist tonal beige Scandinavian living room Fantastic Frank.Continue to 21 of 38 below.
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Keep It Light
This light-flooded living room from Fantastic Frank combines the palest beige textured walls with light beige flooring and sculptural modern furniture and decor in shades of white to create a warm and modern style.Continue to 22 of 38 below.
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Fantastic Frank painted the walls of this Scandinavian living room in a deep toffee colored beige that adds warmth to the minimalist design and sets off a smattering of green plants arranged casually on the floor.Continue to 24 of 38 below.
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Add a Beige Anchor Piece
Leanne Ford Interiors warmed up this large contemporary living room with pale walnut flooring and a massive sandy beige sectional that anchors the otherwise black-and-white space, adding warmth and creating an inviting ambiance.Continue to 25 of 38 below.
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Use Varying Textures
Deep sandy wall paint adds softness to the walls and a plush beige armchair with enveloping curves adds textural interest to this warm beige NYC living room from Chango & Co.Continue to 26 of 38 below.
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Mix Warm and Cool Tones
This light and airy living room from Kern & Co. mixes pale blue furnishings with beige wood, and pairs a large beige and white patterned area rug with gauzy white-and-beige patterned drapes to create a neutral space that balances cool and warm tones to create a convivial atmosphere.Continue to 27 of 38 below.
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Layer Beige and Brown Tones
This cozy living room from Joshua Smith Inc. layers beige wall paint with tones of brown from the cocoa-colored sofa to the dark wood antique side table, adding soft golden accents to bring it all together.Continue to 28 of 38 below.
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Use Beige-Toned Stone
A massive fireplace rendered in warm gold-toned stone with dark beige grout sets the mood in this midcentury modern home renovation from Leanne Ford Interiors. Pale beige flooring and wall paint, a mix of off-white, wood, and rattan furnishings with organic shapes, and modern art and lighting lets the original character of the living room shine while feeling refreshed and current.Continue to 29 of 38 below.
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Create a Beige Backdrop for Art
This living room from Will Brown Interiors has a warm and eclectic feel thanks to a palette of warm beiges, browns, and blacks and a mix of modern and contemporary furnishings and decor. The pale beige walls create a warm neutral backdrop for a collection of art and objects that make the room feel personal and lived in.Continue to 30 of 38 below.
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Accent Beige With Gold
In this formal living room from Kern & Co., gray-toned beige walls and cool pale gray upholstered furnishings are warmed up with golden wood antique chests of drawers flanking the stone fireplace, with bright gold accents on a pair of ornate gilded decorative mirrors that adds a warm metallic glow that complements the roaring fire.Continue to 31 of 38 below.
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Mix in Natural Textures
This warm beige living room from Leanne Ford Interiors has a modern feel with its soft neutral palette and layered natural textures, from the wood stump end tables to the sheepskin throw on the back of the armchair.Continue to 32 of 38 below.
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Freshen Up a Historic Home
In this historic Georgian Revival home in St. Louis, MO, Will Brown Interiors used a mix of pale beige on the walls for warmth and lighter shades of off-white to accent the trim and architectural details of the formal living room space, giving it a timeless appeal.Continue to 33 of 38 below.
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Use Natural Tones
This tonal beige living room from Yael Weiss Interiors uses a range of shades from light to deep, with gauzy mid-toned beige curtains, a jute rug, and rich wood accents that complement the soft off-white walls and textiles.Continue to 34 of 38 below.
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Add a Tonal Fireplace
Urbanology Designs matched the fireplace surround to the walls in this warm beige living room decorated with organic shapes and low slung furniture that emphasizes the soaring ceiling height. A slate gray sofa and black accents throughout add contrast and a graphic element.Continue to 35 of 38 below.
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Add Beige-Toned Wood Slats
Folding Chair Design Co. used beige-toned wood detailing like a wood slat wall behind the flat screen and a pale oak built-in console beneath that complement the pale beige wall paint, rug, and furnishings throughout, to create a warm and pulled together space to relax with family or entertain.Continue to 36 of 38 below.
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Paint the Brick Beige
While stark white is often the go-to color when painting brick interiors, in this cozy living room, Will Brown Interiors opted for a warmer shade of beige. The pale beige tone of the walls are picked up on a pair of sculptural table lamps, while patterned navy and white textiles add contrast.Continue to 37 of 38 below.
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Add Midcentury Vibes
Nile Johnson Interior Design painted the walls of this midcentury ranch home with a deep coffee-toned beige that serves as a backdrop for the client's art collection and vintage and antique furnishings. Large windows and glass doors leading to the outside are left unadorned to bring in views and natural light.Continue to 38 of 38 below.
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Soften Industrial Spaces
The walls of this industrial Kansas City loft space from Will Brown Interiors are warmed up with beige walls and a pair of beige-toned sofas that soften the industrial vibes of the penthouse space and create an inviting and modern space suited for family living.
Is beige a good color for a living room?
Beige works well in living rooms because it's soothing and neutral and can be paired with virtually any color. Beige can work with any style of living room, from traditional to modern to contemporary. Depending on the look and feel you want to achieve, select beige paint, furnishings, and decor with warm, cool, or neutral tones, or a mix.
What color goes with beige living room?
Beige is a versatile neutral that can work with any color. Pair it with black for a sophisticated look. Use it to bring down the sweetness of pastel pinks and peaches in a baby girl nursery. Or incorporate shades of beige to warm up an otherwise all-white room.
How do you modernize beige?
The easiest way to modernize beige is to go for a tonal look that incorporates a range of at least three different beige tones. Light beige wall paint, a medium beige rug, and pale beige wood flooring will create a soft and neutral modern backdrop that can be styled with deeper tones of brown, rust, or black. Or pair beige walls with bright colors like coral or turquoise for a fresh, modern look.