Though people are dabbling more with color, it’s safe to say neutrals aren’t going anywhere in 2022, especially given the growth of the Japandi design movement and rise of muted shades and earthy tones. But figuring out the most flattering neutral to pair with it can be tricky—unless you go greige. Hear us out.
The 13 Best Greige Paint Colors to Buy Right Now
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WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE GREIGE PAINT?
Greige is, simply put, a combination of beige and grey. And while it may not be the first color you think of when you’re choosing a new hue for your home, there’s something remarkably chic about an option that can serve as a warm and cool neutral, depending on the percentages of colors combined. Greige can create a calming effect in a bedroom, as well as an uplifting option for an office—you just have to know which one to pick.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT GREIGE PAINT
- Use the darkest hue on the swatch as your guide. Even if you’re planning on using a lighter hue, be sure to hold the darkest shade of your swatch up in the natural light. This is the best way to determine how your color’s undertones will look in the space—even in the softer hues.
- Find a dark greige paint with the perfect balance of brown and black. Using the darkest shade of your swatch, compare your color against a darker shade (somewhere) in the home. A “true greige” will have brown or black undertones that can pop when it’s contrasted with bold, dark hues. Ensure your swatch isn’t reading red, purple or pink in the natural light—unless you’re OK with having a twinge of light pink in your formal dining room.
- Use the lighter shades going up the paint swatch to determine undertones. Once you have the base color you want, you can use the hues going up the swatch for a more neutral greige. While the darkest hue of your swatch might have a brown base, the lighter shades will become cooler (and greyer) as they get paler. Just remember: You can expect your paint’s ‘true color’ (i.e., the darkest shade) to show up—even in the lightest shades of your swatch.
THE 13 BEST GREIGE PAINT COLORS (NO MATTER WHAT ROOM YOU’RE PAINTING)
1. Benjamin Moore Bleeker Beige Hc-80
Best for Hallways and Entryways
“I love this color,” says Arianna Cesa, Color Marketing & Development Specialist at Benjamin Moore. “It is a versatile mid-tone that leans warmer and works well in many styles and settings.” Cessa suggests layering it with darker and lighter neutrals for additional contrast and depth. “Transitional spaces, like hallways and entryways, are a great place to use neutrals and beiges, because they often connect multiple rooms in a home,” she adds. This allows you to bring in more color in the connecting rooms, because they’ll play off the more versatile shades of greige.
2. Benjamin Moore Moon Shadow 1516
Best for Sunrooms and Porches
“This shade has a subtle wink of green to it, so it leans slightly more greige, particularly in cooler lighting,” adds Cesa. “Bring in texture with woven textiles, wicker and wood accessories to really play into the earthy nature of this welcoming color. The soft green undertone allows you to bring the outdoors in and works great in sunrooms and enclosed porches.” Essentially, you’d be able to use this color in areas where you’d get a lot of sun, since that’ll allow the cooler undertones to really shine.
3. Benjamin Moore Northampton Putty Hc-89
Best for Accent Walls
“A warm mid-tone, Northampton Putty HC-89 is a beautiful option to consider for a richer, cozier approach to beige and grey,” says Cesa. “Beiges are often overlooked as options for accent walls, but they pair great with warm, white-painted walls as shown here.” This color is essentially the perfect balance between the two hues.
4. Anew Gray Sherwin Williams Sw 7030
Best for Patios
“[Greige] for exteriors works so well with many of the natural stone colors used on homes today,” explains Jackie Jordon, former Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams. Anew Gray, specifically, is a great choice here, because “the warmer side of gray blends well with the natural environment and surrounding landscape in many regions of the country.”
5. Sherwin-williams Bona Fide Beige Sw 6065
Best for Home Offices
“Bona Fide Beige is a warm, calming neutral,” says Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “This is beige brought into a new era. It goes with almost any decor and has just enough softness to channel a feeling of focused Zen in a living room and even a home office.” Since this beigey shade is on the darkER side, it can totally work as an accent wall, or in a large space with all-white furniture. You can layer a bunch of neutrals on top of one another and still have it look chic.
6. Sherwin-williams Shiitake Sw 9173
Best for Dining Rooms
“Shiitake is one of my absolute favorite beiges,” says Wadden, adding that it creates a calming, meditative feel. “I love how it looks in a modern dining room, when paired with light blue accents and light wood tones.” Since this shade is on the cooler side, pairing it with similar shades can help bring those undertones out. In addition, blues will enhance the grey in the shade, while wood accents the beige, allowing for both aspects of the color to really pop.
7. Sherwin-williams Accessible Beige Sw 7036
Best for Open-Concept Spaces
“This is one of our most popular colors and one of my favorite neutrals all-around,” says Wadden. “Warmer neutrals like this are really important right now, because from a psychological perspective, warmer hues tend to create a cozier environment and spaces that feel like a sanctuary.” If you layer in soft textures, you can use this shade to create a cocooning, relaxing space that isn’t too dark. It works especially well in bedrooms and open-concept spaces. (Also, if you have dark wood floors, this is the paint color for you, particularly if you love the rustic look.)
8. Pratt And Lambert Woodwitch 32-22
Best for Exteriors
“When I color style grey exteriors, I like to use a variety of cool and warm shades, in combination with bold, exciting colors for door and shutter,” Wadden says. “In fact, my own 100-year-old house is painted Woodwitch 32-22, with Designer White trim & front door Mesa Tan 7-20.”
7. Behr Loft Light Mq3-09
Best for Bathrooms
“Soothing cool tones in gray are contemplative, yet grounding,” says Erika Woelfel, Vice President, Color & Creative Services at Behr. “This shade is a light warm beige with a slight clay undertone, and the warmness of it allows it to be best used in a bathroom.” Essentially, this is the color that will go with something a bit more modern, so think steel tiles, marble floors and large windows. The shade’s warmth helps soften those harsh finishes.
10. Behr Almond Wisp Ppu5-12
Best for Living Rooms
“This is one of the most versatile colors we have,” raves Woelfel. “It has a cozy, cool undertone, and I suggest people use it in the living room.” This is because a living room is usually one that needs to cater to several different people, and you’ll probably change up the furniture and accessories on a regular basis. This neutral can grow with the room, while still providing a comforting haven to come home to.
11. Behr High Style Beige N270-1
Best for Kitchens
“A sophisticated neutral with a golden undertone, this warm shade is best used in the kitchen,” says Woelfel. “It’ll work extremely well with the metal and steel appliances, but it’ll also be the perfect space for tons of natural light to shine through.” In addition, it’s subtle enough for you to either go all out with pattern, if you’re more of a maximalist.
12. Ppg Stonehenge Greige 1024-5
Best for Ceilings
“Stonehenge Greige by PPG Paints is a warm neutral greige that is ideal for ceilings and interior walls… [it] complements practically everything allowing your room decor and furniture to stand out,” says painting expert Mark Sharp of Sharper Impressions Painting Co. “Many experts recommend greige paints that have warmer undertones to ensure your ceiling remains neutral and understated, but not completely void of pigment.”
13. Behr Aged Beige Ppu7-9
Best for Bedrooms
“Aged Beige is a popular beige with a calm gray undertone,” says Woelfel, who adds that the cool undertone provides a mellow vibe, allowing it to be best used in the bedroom. Weave in a few crisp whites to provide some more warmth and be prepared to snooze right into dreamland.