Melissa Michaels

Color 101: The Color Beige

By Melissa Michaels

Light Tan Paint Color

When choosing a wall color in the beige, tan and brown family, the options can seem endless and overwhelming. The good news with neutrals? There is no right or wrong choice. It all just depends on what you like and what the general feel is that you desire for your room. The color beige can be a great choice for a wall color!

A room painted with the neutral color beige or a brown tone has endless possibilities when it comes to decorating. These neutral colors are very versatile and play well with almost any color you could add in your space. They give you flexibility for your decorating choices to evolve and change overtime, without your wall color potentially clashing.

Beige and brown colors are comforting and relaxing backdrops for any space. They give you the ability to let the walls be soft in the background while the furniture and accessories are the focus!

Here are a few important questions to ask when choosing a paint color:

1) How much natural light do you have in your room? Paint colors can change pretty drastically from room to room, wall to wall, and can vary throughout the day with different light. It’s important to consider how much natural light you generally have in your room. If your room is often flooded with natural light, keep in mind that the color beige will often appear brighter than it did on the swatch. If you’re okay with that, go for it! It will be beautiful. But if you prefer to see more of the richness of the color beige, try going a little darker than you think. Try painting samples on a few different walls in your room and observe them throughout the day to see how you feel about them.

2) What kind of feeling do you want this room to convey? There are many ways to bring a certain ‘feel’ to a room, and paint color is a very important one. Do you want this room to have more of an airy, light and cheerful feel? Or do you want the room to feel more warm, cozy and rich in color? A room can be either of those things regardless of the paint color, depending on the furnishings and accessories you choose. But wall color definitely helps define this from the beginning. Choosing a lighter, more subtle color usually will accomplish a bright and airy feel, while choosing a darker, richer color can make a room feel cozy and warm regardless of its furnishings.

3) Do you prefer warmer or cooler colors? Do you find yourself gravitating more to warmer reds, oranges, yellows and browns, or to cooler blues, greens, whites and greys? In the beige and brown family, even though they are neutral, you will still find warm and cool undertones. A simple ‘beige’ color might have hints of a warm red, or hints of a cool grey that can make a big difference in how your space will look.

Now that you’ve considered these questions, let’s take a look at some beige, tan and brown samples and see what you like!

Cappuccino White and Natural Wicker are both lovely choices for a light and versatile tan color with cooler grey undertones.

Light Tan Neutral Red Undertone

Unlike the cooler tone of the previous two, Antique Bisque and Summer Sandcastle have a slightly red undertone. Because these beige samples have a hint of red in them, they have the potential to have a subtle pink tone in certain lights. Be careful of this possibility if that isn’t the look you are going for!

Neutral Beige Yellow Undertone

For a warm and neutral beige with some yellow undertones, Navajo Sand is a great choice to consider. Go a little darker and a pinch warmer, and you’ll have Soft Suede.

Tan with Warm Gray Undertone

These options are tans with a pretty grey undertone. These are lovely choices if you like the look of a grey painted room, but still want to have a bit of warmth on the walls.

If you’re looking for a moodier, dramatic look, try one of these darker brown options! These are rich, strong colors that will definitely make a statement in your space. Bronzed Ivy has some definite green undertones, and Bittersweet Chocolate is a very dark brown with a slightly grey undertone.

Remember to consider your natural light, the general feel that you want for your space, and whether you want a cooler or warmer toned color.

Explore more beige options with the Glidden® paint color palette.

I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.