When I first started staging houses back in 2006, beige was all the rage. Beige couches, beige rugs, and beige walls were EVERYWHERE. There was dark beige, rosey beige which was almost pinkish on the walls. Then came the cool grays craze. People got tired of beige, and gray became the newest latest trend. For many many years, gray became the go to color regardless of whether gray worked with the decor of the room or not LOL. Painters were recommending cool mid-tones gray as their go-to-color. The shade of gray would range from dark to mid grays. They lightened up on the color wheel. The grays lightened up a few years later as homeowners got tired of the dark cool grays. The color was noticeable, and sometimes looked gloomy, especially on a cold rainy day or at night, when lighting is at its most challenging.
2021 Beige Color Trends
Move over gray! Beige is making a comeback in 2021. The pandemic has certainly changed the way we live in our homes as we have been staring at these four walls for a year. We tired of the cool colors that have dominated the past decade and want warmer color. But its bolder, more dramatic and warmer than the beige of the 80’s.
Sherwin Williams 6079 Diverse Beige
Sherwin Williams’ Diverse Beige is a newer and better version of the older beige of the 80’s. This beige is fresh, inviting and will look amazing in most spaces. It’s up there as my favorite “beiges.”
Sherwin Williams SW 6058 Likeable Sand
SW 6058 Likeable Sand is another of the newer fresh beiges entering the 2020 season. It’s clean and updated. Its a bit warmer than Diverse Beige but has a peach undertone which may clash with some of your accessories. You should test all paint before you paint an entire room, but this one you definitely want to test out first!
SW 9096 Beige Intenso
In the middle of these two shades, warmer than Diverse Beige but less peachy than Likeable Sand is Beige Intenso. To me this color is an updated version of the 80’s beige. It reminds me of the 80’s but not quiet so intense. Its the shade of a warm coffee with lots of milk! Inviting!
Sherwin Williams SW 9084 Cocoa Whip
SW 9084 Cocoa Whip is absolutely dreamy! Its darker than the beiges that we have previously seen from Sherwin Williams but is dramatic and daring at the same time. You may find this shade too dark and overwhelming for a large space, but it would look stunning in a dining room, master bedroom, or a washroom. I would definitely give Cocoa Whip a try!
Sherwin Williams SW 6039 Poised Taupe
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this deep dark bold mid-beige by Sherwin Williams. Poised Taupe is dramatic and daring! It looks amazing here in this kitchen, would look cosy in a family room, dramatic in a dining room and sexy in a bedroom.
Sherwin Williams’ 6031 Glamor
I don’t know whether to call this color beige/pink or pink/beige. Whatever you want to call it, it is the perfect blend of beige and pink making this color romantic for a bedroom, or elegant for a girly living room.
Good-bye Gray! Hello Greige!!!
Grays have warmed up and now greige a combination of gray & beige has taken over the design color world for the past few years. They’re warmer and inviting for any space.
Benjamin Moore Thunder AF-685
Benjamin Moore’s Thunder AF-685. is a lovely warm mid-tone greige for those that like a tiny bit of gray with their beige. It would be suitable in most rooms depending on your accessories, lighting, exposure etc.
How to Decorate with these Bolder Darker Colors
These bolder colors are fun and a welcome change from light and white colors that are prominent right now.
Having a bolder darker color on an entire floor may be refreshing at first but can become wearing after awhile and somewhat deary on darker cloudy days, especially if there is not alot of natural sunlight like in a hallway or a north facing room. The darker choices may not work for an entire floor but would look stunning in a family room, dining room, a bedroom, office or a bathroom. Depending on your exposure and finishings, these colors would look lovely in a home.
Do 50 shades of grey, white, beige, greige or cream overwhelm you? Do you want to pick another color other than a neutral but are unsure what to pick? Windows with south exposure, east exposure, green undertones, blue undertones leave you feeling how can you pick a color that you will be happy with for years?
Choosing the right color(s) for your room(s) can be daunting but it doesn’t need to be. I will take the guess work out of picking colors for your for a room.
Welcome! I’m Debi Collinson. Designer. Stager. Real Estate Investor. In 2006, at the request of a realtor, I staged my very first home. Staging houses was just starting to become popular. I watched every staging show on HGTV that I could find. I was very nervous staging my first house, but the sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price. I went back to design school and have never looked back. Since 2006, I have been staging & designing spaces to make them look like they belong in a magazine page, and buying “fixer uppers” to fix up & either sell for a healthy profit or to rent them out. Sign up to receive my e-mails of how to make your home stunning, how to sell your house for top dollar AND how to become financially independent one fixer upper at a time!