The Top 6 LIGHT-MEDIUM Depth Beige Paint Colors
Gone are the days of boring old beige! Beige has reached new heights in the last few years as homeowners have embraced the versatility of what was once considered a basic ‘builders’ color.
One of the front runners in the Battle of the Beige is Sherwin Williams, as they’ve created a range of dark neutral colors that will satisfy even the pickiest connoisseur (like me…). And while I’ve written several articles on the lighter end of the beige world (links posted throughout), this one focuses on beiges with just a WINK more depth.
1. SHERWIN WILLIAMS KILIM BEIGE 6106
Kilim Beige is warmer than many popular beige shades without fully committing to yellow, orange, or pink. However, of the undertones found in beige, Kilim Beige leans more to the orange end of things, not the yellow end, without becoming obnoxiously peach-toned. Compare it to Sherwin Williams Macadamia to see the difference.
TIPS FOR USING KILIM BEIGE
- Kilim Beige loves north-facing rooms as its warmth helps balance the cool light but can look OVERLY warm in southern or western afternoon sun.
- It DOES have a wink of red (pink) tucked inside, so make sure it jibes with the undertones of your interior finishes.
- Kilim Beige looks good with many wood tones, but avoid OVERLY yellow ones.
- The LRV of Kilim is 60, so while it will reflect some light into the room, don’t expect it to work ANY great wonders in a dark room.
2. SHERWIN WILLIAMS NOMADIC DESERT 6107
Nomadic Desert is a beige with a bit more meat on its bones. With an LRV of 50, Nomadic Desert adds decent visual weight to a room and a stronger contrast with white trim, especially compared to some of the popular lighter shades of beige. Really, Nomadic Desert is like a darker version of Kilim Beige, having similar features (and an orange undertone).
When thinking of ‘beige,’ Nomadic Desert is likely a little bit darker than the average person traditionally thinks of but isn’t so heavy that it will weigh down a well-lit room.
TIPS FOR USING NOMADIC DESERT
- Nomadic Desert LOVES most wood tones but can fight a bit with OVERLY yellow or red ones.
- Nomadic suits both north or south-facing rooms, as long as they’re well-lit. With an LRV of 50, Nomadic Desert won’t add nor absorb light in a room, meaning it could feel a bit heavy in a low-light or dark room.
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3. SHERWIN WILLIAMS LATTE 6108
Latte is a lovely, rich shade of beige with more depth than the average shade. While colors like this were popular in the early 2000s, many of my clients are still looking for these warmer shades when they want a color with a bit more personality than the average neutral.
TIPS FOR USING LATTE
- It’s even better when it’s made with almond milk and you throw a little vanilla syrup in (wink wink)
- Latte suits many of the beige carpets and tiles from the early 2000s.
- Latte can be a beautiful exterior color, well-suited to various finishes.
- While some light beiges can be fussy with their trim colors, this depth can suit quite a few soft, warm whites and off-white beiges.
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4. SHERWIN WILLIAMS ACCESSIBLE BEIGE 7036
Accessible Beige is gorgeous with its soft and subtle gray undertone, making it look the LEAST like a typical golden beige paint color. Accessible Beige is also the LIGHTEST and most popular shade on this page!
A lot of people are nervous that their beige is going to look reminiscent of the early 2000s. If you’re in this group, Accessible Beige is a great way to get the warmth of beige, without a heavy or dated look. However, if you’re a traditional beige lover and want some serious warmth, Accessible Beige could be too gray for you.
TIPS FOR USING ACCESSIBLE BEIGE
- Accessible Beige can be a bit fussy with wood stains that have a lot of red/pink in them, but humors many others (it told me so)
- It’s a great color for a north or south-facing room; neither too warm nor too cold (check out its FULL-colour review here)
- Accessible Beige doesn’t have a super high LRV, sitting above 55, but not by much. So, while it’s a lighter color, it might feel a bit flat and drab if you have a dark room.
- Of the colors on this page, Accessible Beige and Balanced Beige are the most popular.
5. SHERWIN WILLIAMS BALANCED BEIGE 7037
Balanced Beige is like a slightly darker, light-medium version of Accessible Beige. And while Balanced Beige has a nice warmth to it, it’s subdued by a subtle gray base, making it one of the more MODERN beige paint colors in this range.
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6. SHERWIN WILLIAMS BUNGALOW BEIGE 7511 or PAVILION BEIGE 7512
If your home’s finishes suit a beige with a bit more commitment, Bungalow Beige or Pavilion Beige could be your colors! Like the MAJORITY of today’s beige finishes, these two beautiful shades nod just a bit more towards an orange-pink undertone – more so than the others on this page.
Sherwin Williams Pavillion Beige
TIPS FOR USING BUNGALOW BEIGE OR PAVILION BEIGE
- Bungalow Beige has an LRV of 53, parking it nicely in the higher end of the light-medium range.
- Pavilion Beige, which is very similar, has a lower LRV of 48 but is still considered a light-medium depth.
- For a lighter approach, check out Sherwin Williams River’s Edge.
- More so than MANY other popular beige and tan paint colors, these two shades suit various interior finishes.
WHAT COLORS GO BEST WITH BEIGE?
While it can depend on the depth of the beige you choose, here are some color combos to consider…
- BEIGE & GREIGE: Greige paint colors (green undertone) that are the same depth or darker than your beige.
- BEIGE & GRAY: These gray paint colors should have green or blue-green undertones and be the same depth or darker than your shade of beige.
- BEIGE & LIGHTER BEIGE: Choose a lighter version of your chosen beige for a tone-on-tone look.
- BEIGE & BLACK: Black is a great way to update a beige home, especially as it relates to hardware and light fixtures.
- BEIGE & BLUE: Beige can be fussy about its blue partner, but a darker shade of blue, including navy blue, can look classic.
- BEIGE & GREEN: When it comes to colors, beige is happiest with green, including warm and cool shades.
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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2019, FULLY UPDATED FOR YOU IN 2023!