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The 8 Best TRENDY Beige & Tan Paint Colors

Posted on May 4, 2023 by KylieMawdsley

The NEW Era of Beige & Tan Paint Colors

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen beige, tan, and TRENDY or IN STYLE in the same sentence – about 15 years, to be exact. But they’re coming back, and before you know it, we’ll be fully immersed in the warm neutral world again, reveling in the GLORY of travertine, beige walls, and Saint Cecilia granite countertop.

Just joking.

kitchen before with travertine

None of this is coming back anytime soon, but this doesn’t mean YOU can’t love it for your home!

While some of the above is true, SOME finishes won’t be coming back any time soon. However, with the coming trends, it will be MUCH easier to update their look with PURPOSEFULLY chosen warm neutral paint colors.

Natural cherry cabinets, travertine tile backsplash, black granite countertop, stainless steel range hood and pot filller. Design by Kylie M Interiors

Personally, I LOVE travertine tile and always will, whether it’s trendy or not!


  • they can be great transitional colors for homes with a warmer Tuscan style when the owner doesn’t want a traditional RICH, golden beige
  • a modern beige or tan is a way of staying in the ‘warm’ family without overheating a south or west-facing room (which can look darn warm on the best of days)
  • they’re a great way to add some softness to a NORTH-facing room without embracing the more golden end of things

And those are just a FEW ways you can use modern beige in your home. Just imagine what I can come up with once I’ve had my glass of wine…uno momento…NOW WE’RE PLAYIN’ WITH FIRE!

  • a modern beige can be a great transitional colour between spouses/partners who each prefer the warmer/cooler end of things
  • it’s also a great bra color when you want to wear a white T-shirt

Entrway, 2 storey foyer in Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan, wod floor. Black Fox front door and staircase. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy decor and design blogger

Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan

Now, you’re probably wondering what these so-called modern beige and tan paint colors are.

Let’s take a lil boo…

The best, most popular modern beige and tan paint colour, Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant


Accessible Beige is one of THE most popular beige paint colors and has been for several years – even during the gray trend. With an LRV of 58, Accessible Beige is a light beige, but rather than looking GOLDEN like the beiges of the early 2000s, it actually leans a wink into gray. And trust me, this wee willy wink makes a HUGE difference, particularly in a north-facing room!

These next two photos demonstrate how DRASTICALLY the look of Accessible Beige can change. HOWEVER, assume it will look more like the second photo…

Sherwin Williams best beige paint colour, Accessible Beige, White Dove trim, dark wood flooring, stairs, hand railing, metal spindles, white risers. Kylie M blog

Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige with orange oak cabinet built ins and stone fireplace. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, CLIENT PHOTO

 Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige



Moderate White is one BUTT-ugly beige if you judge it by its Pinterest profile. However, in real life, it’s one of my faves. I will say that Moderate White has a bit more orange undertone than most people are looking for, but it suits a HECK of many interior finishes without looking heavy or outdated.

Basement north facing bedroom, beige carpet, Sherwin Williams Moderate White best warm neutral on walls, black and white accents. Kylie M Edesign

Compared to this sofa’s fabric (below), Moderate White almost looks CREAMY, which shows how flexible it can be…

Sherwin Williams Moderate White, Divine White, Benjamin Moore Maritime White difference. Warm off white beige paint colours. Kylie M Edesign

Remember, paint colors will change their appearance based on the room finishes, exposure, light bulbs, and the owner’s photography skills!

I only use photos from my Online Paint Color Consulting clients – thank you for sending them in! 

Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Moderate White



As beige gets increasingly popular, I see Natural Linen playing a BIG PART in the coming paint colour trends. Personally? I LOVE IT!

For those used to the muted approach of gray, greige, and taupe, Natural Linen will seem AWFULLY beige. However, compare it to the traditional beiges of yesteryear, and you’ll see how MASSIVELY subtle and freakin’ GORGEOUS it is.

Sherwin Williams Natural Linen, warm taupe beige carpet, bedroom. Best neutral paint colour. Kylie M Edesign

Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Natural Linen

Sherwin Williams Natural Linen in staircase with white and black railings, beige carpet, walls darkened by 25 percent. Kylie M Online paint color consulting




Regarding the best off-white warm beige paint colors, Aesthetic White and the previously mentioned Moderate White are near the top of my list.

Aesthetic White, Moderate, Panda, Pure White. Sherwin Williams. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, paint colour expert. Off-whites

All samples are sitting on Sherwin Williams Shell White.

Stone on exterior, asphalt roof, Aesthetic White darkened, Sherwin Williams Mineral Deposit, Kylie M

The difference between Moderate White and Aesthetic White is that Aesthetic is more MUTED; it has a bit more gray to it, making it a great happy medium for those wanting a more PASSIVE nod toward warmth.

Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White



Balanced Beige is a great warm neutral if you’re looking for a BIT more depth without hitting anything too rich or golden. While lighter beige and tan paint colors will be more popular, Balanced Beige will definitely hold its own.

Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige, almost mushroom paint colour, south facing room. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online virtual paint color consultant. Best beige, greige paint colours

With an LRV of 46, Balanced Beige has more meat on its bones than the lighter SIMILAR version, Accessible Beige…

Best paint colours with dark wood trim, Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige and Warm Stone. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

 How to Choose YOUR Best Paint Color Using LRV

Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige


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Canvas Tan looks a bit different from the others. Why? It’s a tan. What’s the MAIN difference between beige and tan? Generally speaking, REGARDLESS of whether the color name has ‘beige or tan’ in it, beige caters to an orange undertone, and tan caters to a yellow undertone.

Painted stone fireplace with Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan on walls, White Dove stone, home decor on mantel. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Tans are OFTEN a bit more grounded looking, and while I wouldn’t say they’re grayed-out, many are more muted and ‘neutral’ looking compared to their popular beige counterparts (which can be open to perception, of course).

Ideas to update granite countertop with paint colour, Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan and Black Fox. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy decor and design expert

Canvas Tan has an LRV of 64, so it sits in the light range with that lovely balanced neutral base.

Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan



Wool Skein might SEEM pretty tan with an almost greige backdrop to it, but surprise, it can lean a weee willly wink into green!

Sherwin Williams Wool Skein, beige with green undertone with green granite. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

Sherwin Williams Wool Skein, entryway bench and hooks. Cloud White. KYlie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour consulting, virtual design

Wool Skein is on the lighter end of things without looking washed out. With an LRV of 63, it ALMOST hits my happy button! Which Tim has been trying to do for years…

Paint Colour Review of Wool Skein

What’s The Difference Between Beige & Tan?



Do you like the approach of Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige but wish it were lighter? Take a look at Natural Tan. Natural Tan is similar to Accessible Beige, but with its LRV of 65, it’s a nice shift lighter and softer looking.

Sherwin Williams Natural Tan, living room wood beams, vaulted ceiling, fireplace, beige sectional, dark wood floors. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting

Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Natural Tan

Natural light differences between Aesthetic, Natural TAn, Winds Breath, Edgecomb Gray. Samplize & Kylie m

And you MIGHT have noticed that these are all Sherwin Williams paint colors. Sure, I could add a few Benjamin Moore options to the list, colors like Muslin and Manchester Tan, but that’s for another day…and another blog post.




Yes, beige is becoming popular again. Be careful to focus on muted, lighter beiges so they don’t mimic the beiges from the early 2000s – which could date your home rather than UPdate it.


While the heavy beiges from the early 2000s are seen as outdated, new, modern beiges are a great way to add subtle warmth to your home. Long story short, no, the RIGHT beige isn’t old-fashioned.

But even then, if you put the right furnishings and decor around an outdated beige, it can look ‘more modern’ than it normally would.

Sherwin Williams Basket Beige warm neutral paint color, rustic cozy nursery in primary bedroom


Beige is replacing gray. While we’re still seeing a lot of greige and taupe – transitional colors, beige is becoming increasingly popular in the paint color and home decor/furnishing worlds.


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Paint Color Review: Sherwin Williams Loggia & Shittake

Benjamin Moore’s Best Beige & Tan Paint Colours

The 8 Best WHOLE HOME Warm Neutral Paint Colors

The 12 Best WHOLE HOME Gray & Greige Paint Colors

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  1. Hi Kylie! I’m a huge fan! Loved this paint color review re. beige and tan. I never got on the gray train… hubster and I always choose warm, sometimes neutral colors. Anyhow….in our previous home (bought 2009) we used SW Moderate white in our living room which featured a natural brick fireplace. Gorgeous!

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      YES, I love Moderate White SO MUCH and I’m really hoping to see more of it in the coming warmer years – it’s a beautiful warm neutral.

  2. Hi, We are building a new home. I have chosen SW Natural Linen for walls and SW aesthetic white for cabinets and trim( doors too).
    Will this combo look okay?

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      NOPE! stop the bus! One of those will need to shift! Natural Linen would like something whiter OR cleaner. OR, Aesthetic White prefers a beige with a bit more dirt in it, ie. Accessible Beige 🙂

      1. Which SW white should I choose? Construction decorator chose this combo.. I have struggled w the choice.
        Exterior is balanced beige w aesthetic white trim and tricorn black front door and corbels.
        The natural linen wall color blends w all my fabrics. Thank you so much for
        input.. construction is on hold again( the world is on hold) so think I have time to change colors .. not like I am wanting walls moved.

  3. One more question, if I can use accessible beige for walls, would aesthetic white look not too gray .. I am a beige kinda decorator w my fabrics. My kitchen counter is Silestone silken Pearl .
    Thanks so much and look forward to your input. This is our last new build ( 4 total ).

  4. Hi Kylie! I can’t thank you enough for this incredible website! We just purchased our first home and every time our newborn son is down for a nap I am on this website learning!! To think not that long ago I didn’t even know what LRV was 🙂 Our living room is north-facing and there are warmer tones throughout the house (for example, the trim is a deeper orange-red stained wood and we have a Persian-style deep red/navy blue carpet), so I was thinking of maybe doing Kilim Beige on the walls with Pure White on the ceilings; however, I would LOVE to do one of these warm new-era beiges (but I have learned from you that what fits the house is better than what colors I like!). Do you think any of these new-era beiges would work in a north-facing living room with warmer elements (warmer trim and Persian-style deep red/navy blue rug) with pure white on the ceiling? Thank you so much for this website and all of your help and advice!

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      Thank you for the awesome compliments!

      So, you’ve done your homework and YES, Kilim Beige does make me that bit nervous :). PERSONALLY, I would explore Sherwin Williams Natural Linen as it has a similar approach, but a more MODERN take on things! It also has that bit more warmth than a colour like Accessible Beige to handle the northern light a bit better. I hope this helps!

  5. Hi Kylie,

    I’ve used Manchester Tan in my living room for the last ten years and love it. I want to lighten the room up and I’m thinking of using Manchester Tan at 50% lighter. Do you think this is a good idea? Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated too😊

    Thanks, Nancy

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  6. I have Baltic brown countertops in my ensuite and I’m wanting to do a backsplash wallpaper. Can I use Tempaper Peonies Noir or will it be too busy with the counter?The rest of the walls are SW Alabaster White, cabinets are BM White Chocolate and hardware and faucet are matte black.

  7. Hi Kylie,

    Thanks for this post! I searching for a beige for trim and baseboards. Can you do a post on beige/tan/cream baseboard and wall combos please?

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