How to Choose the Best Beige Paint Color

When decorating your home, neutral shades such as beige, taupe and sand are often popular choices. Not only do these neutral shades provide a nice background for the other colors in your decorating scheme, but they can also provide a very decorative look on their own. Because neutral shades tend to blend into the background, many people make the mistake of thinking that any neutral shade will work equally well. However, when choosing neutral colors such as beige, it's important to pay attention to the warmness or coolness of the color chosen, as well overall darkness or lightness. If you are planning to add some neutral shades to your decorating scheme, here are some tips you can use to help choose the best beige paint color.

Assess Your Living Space

Before choosing any colors for your home, it's important to take the time to completely assess your living space. If you are planning a total change, then perhaps matching your existing furniture pieces, flooring and decorating accessories is not as important. However, if you are simply updating some of the features of the room, then you'll want to take care not to use colors that "clash" or look out of place. Factors to take into consideration include the natural light level in the room, whether the existing color scheme consists or warm or cool colors, and any accent shades you'd like to include. You should pay special attention to the large, and possibly expensive, areas of the room that you don't plan to change, such as furniture pieces or wall-to-wall carpeting.

If you find it difficult to determine whether your color scheme is predominantly warm or cool, some simple paint swatch strips from your local home decorating store can be helpful. Match the colors of your flooring or furniture to the colors on the strip. By looking at the other colors on the strip, it can often be easier to determine whether the colors are warm or cool. Some paint color strips will even include other colors that coordinate with the chosen color. If you are still unsure about your existing colors, you can simply take the matching paint strip to your neighborhood store and have an expert assist you.

Warm or Cool?

Basically, warm colors include red, yellow and orange, while cool colors include blue and green. Purple, gray, brown and neutral shades can be either warm or cool, depending on the undertones. When choosing the perfect beige color for your room, you'll want to primarily focus on whether you determined your color scheme to be warm or cool. If you have a lot of green or blue in your room, you'll want to choose a beige shade with cool undertones. However, if your room includes a lot of yellow, red or orange, a cool beige shade would look out of place. Instead, you'd want to choose a rosy beige or a sandy warm beige, with warm undertones.

Warm or cool beige paint clors

Dark or Light?

If you'd like to make your room look larger, choosing a light shade of beige can be helpful. However, if your living room seems a bit too large and unwelcoming, choosing a slightly darker shade can make the room seem a little smaller and cozier. If the room doesn't receive much natural sunlight, a lighter shade can help lighten up the overall look. However, if the room is especially sunny, darker shades can help prevent uncomfortable glare. senior staff writer, Alyssa Davis, specializes in designing with rustic Western wall art and turtle metal wall hanging.

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