7 Reasons Why You Should Use Beige Wall Color In Your Rooms

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Here are 7 great reasons why you should consider using beige wall color in the rooms of your home.

Let me say up front that the wall color you choose is totally a matter of personal preference. I love both white walls and walls of color!

Over the years I’ve lived with them both in multiple houses. It took me all those houses and all those years to realize that beige is actually the color that works the best.

gray recliner beside white painted brick fireplace

If you’re considering painting your walls let me give you 7 great reasons why you should consider beige. You just may find that beige is your proverbial wall color BFF!

BEIGE WALL COLOR CREATES A FEELING OF WARMTH

Have you ever walked into a room with all white walls and felt like the room seemed visually cold? Or how about a room with color on the walls that seems to overpower the rest of the room?

You can’t beat beige walls for giving a room instant warmth.

king size bed with blue, white and gray bedding with a bench at the foot

BEIGE IS VERSATILE

Beige is super versatile and goes with every other color on the spectrum. I can’t think of a single color that would not work well with beige. But………

WATCH THOSE UNDERTONES

All paint colors (including white) have an undertone. The official definition from Merriam-Webster says that a color undertone is a color seen through, and modifying, another color.

You have to be especially careful when it comes to lighter colors. If you select a shade of beige (or white) that has a red undertone, for example, you’ll wind up with a room that reads light pink.

gray nightstand with white table lamp

BEIGE ISN’T TRENDY

Beige never goes out of style. For example, gray has been a huge wall color trend for several years (and I totally wanted to jump on board that train!), but if you pay attention, newly decorated or refreshed rooms aren’t using it. There will always be other color trends that come and go, but beige will always be a staple in the world of wall color.

round mirror above dresser flanked by brass sconces

IT MAKES A ROOM APPEAR LARGER

Maybe this doesn’t need to be said, but I can’t leave it out as one of the reasons to choose beige for your walls.

It’s pretty much an accepted fact that lighter walls give the appearance of making a room feel and look larger. Down below, I’ll reveal my very favorite beige paint and a secret for lightening it up!

view from family into breakfast room with beige walls

 

IT KEEPS A ROOM FROM FALLING FLAT

While all white rooms can be beautiful, you have to be especially careful with the decor in the room to keep it from falling flat and being uninteresting.

There’s really no chance of that when you use a slightly warmer color, such as beige, on your walls.

gray nightstand with white table lamp

BEIGE WALLS ARE DISTRACTION FREE

Beige is such a friendly wall color, that it really may not register with you at all. When I walk into an all white room or a room with color on the walls, that’s usually the first thing that I notice.

Anytime I change the decor in a room, I don’t have to concern myself with whether or not the walls need to be repainted and that’s a win win!

master bathroom vanity accessories

IT WON’T HINDER YOUR STYLE

Not only do beige walls go with every single color, it also plays nicely with every single decorating style! There’s nothing about beige that will fight with any style of furnishings or accessories that you choose to use in your room.

kitchen with white cabinets and gray island and stools

MY FAVORITE BEIGE WALL COLOR

My very favorite beige wall color is Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. The entire interior of my home is painted with it! No matter which lighting situation I use it in, it doesn’t have any pink, yellow or green undertones.

If you want the warmth of beige, but still want very light walls, simply tell your paint store to only mix the paint at a 50% (or higher or lower) intensity. Works like a charm!

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  1. Kathy Menold says:

    I am trying to come up with a plan for repainting my kitchen. I want to do the cabinets which are now oak and the walls in the same neutral beige to coordinate with the back splash and counters. Have a large eat in kitchen with dining area separated by counter.My dilemma is what do I do about natural wood doors and woodwork throughout the area. The table and chairs are wood as well as a large hutch.The sliding,door to the deck is multi pained wood. Any suggestions?3

    1. Hi Kathy. It’s hard for me to say without seeing the space. I’d be glad to give you some suggestions if you’d like to email me some photos to worthingcourtblog@gmail.com.

  2. Great post! I feel the same way about beige
    & now I have reasons why I like beige. I just can’t get into gray! Thanks

    1. Great post! I completely agree, especially with the idea that beige walls just sort of fade into the background and allow your furniture and accessories to be stars. . My last house was a new manufactured home with all white walls and trim and I eventually painted every room in the house different colors. While I enjoyed the color, it made it difficult to change things up because the wall colors were bossy. Some rooms were repainted several times. Two years ago we built a new home and I was determined to find a nice neutral wall color I could live with for years because I was tired of repainting. After lots of research, I chose SW Wool Skein and love it! Our trim and doors are SW Greek Villa and the pale beige and soft white is so calming. I did use a pale soft aqua (SW Windowpane) in the full bathrooms that already have a lot of beige and brown elements in the form of tile and light stained wood cabinets, but it is still nice and neutral and lends a spa like feel. You are so right about undertones! I remember choosing a beige color for my sons from that ended up having a pink undertone, so thankful I tried a sample first!

  3. Thanks for this post! My home has different colors for the walls that were painted by the previous owners. I’ve been wanting to repaint them all the same color for a while now. I’m going to look into the Accessible Beige color and see if it will look good in my home. It appears to be a good neutral color choice.

  4. Love this color!!! Are your walls mixed at a higher or lower intensity?

    1. All of the my walls are mixed at the regular intensity – I didn’t have any changes made to the paint.

  5. Where did you get the recliner in your living room? I’ve been looking everywhere for a nice neutral one that doesn’t look like a recliner. Yours is perfect! Oh, and is is comfortable? Thanks!

    1. I did not even realize that was a recliner. My husband wants a recliner and I hate the way they look. We did try a recliner from Bassett that looked like an accent chair and it was so uncomfortable and the fabric did not hold up well at all. I had given up on finding a recliner for him but I’m going to have to check this one out at Havertys.

  6. Edited to add, I accidentally posted this as a reply to someone else, sorry!
    Great post! I completely agree, especially with the idea that beige walls just sort of fade into the background and allow your furniture and accessories to be stars. . My last house was a new manufactured home with all white walls and trim and I eventually painted every room in the house different colors. While I enjoyed the color, it made it difficult to change things up because the wall colors were bossy. Some rooms were repainted several times. Two years ago we built a new home and I was determined to find a nice neutral wall color I could live with for years because I was tired of repainting. After lots of research, I chose SW Wool Skein and love it! Our trim and doors are SW Greek Villa and the pale beige and soft white is so calming. I did use a pale soft aqua (SW Windowpane) in the full bathrooms that already have a lot of beige and brown elements in the form of tile and light stained wood cabinets, but it is still nice and neutral and lends a spa like feel. You are so right about undertones! I remember choosing a beige color for my sons from that ended up having a pink undertone, so thankful I tried a sample first!

  7. When we were in the process of building our current home I thought I would go true white walls but as the house neared completion I realised that there was a lot of light in the house and that white would have been blinding. This was especially evident in the front half of the house with the morning sun. Our light here in Australia is especially bright. I chose a paint from New Zealand, Resene Eighth Tea, a neutral beige (despite the name) with no obvious undertones. It is a lovely cool shade and easy to work with. I was careful with the undertones as a previous house had pink beige walls. Never again!! I was never tempted to choose grey despite my daughter thinking I was being old fashioned choosing beige.

  8. You have a beautiful home. I really like the Accesible Beige. I am FINALLY finishing my basement and would like to keep it light and airy. Obviously, lots of recessed light will help, but would you recommend mixing paint at only 50% color. Also, what trim color would you use?

    Any help is appreciated.

    1. Hi Brenda. If you want the warmth of beige, but also want a light and airy look, I think mixing Accessible Beige at 50% is definitely a good idea. One of the trends in today’s world is to paint the trim the same color as the walls, but in a differ sheen. For example, flat sheen on the walls and semi-gloss or gloss on the trim. I think it’s a trend that will eventually fade away though. If you prefer a more classic, long lasting look, you can’t go wrong with white. We used Sherwin Williams Extra White in semi-gloss on all of the trim in our house.

  9. Would Accessible Beige work with cherry cabinets (stained a med-dark brown)?

  10. (Meaning Accessible Beige on the walls; sorry that might not have been clear earlier.)