Is Beige Making a Comeback?
When I first started staging houses back in 2006, beige was all the rage. Beige couches, beige rugs, and beige walls were EVERYWHERE.
Mid to Dark Beige was Very Popular in the early 2000’s
The beiges that were in style in the early 2000’s were mid to dark beige. The beiges were typically in the warm tones but dark as above. Red was a popular accent color back then as well.
The Cool Grays Craze
Then the trends changed of course. People were tired of beige and gray was the next new 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.
Next came the cool gray craze that would range from dark to mid grays on the color wheel. The grays are still popular, but they have lightened up as pictured above, making them more pleasing to the eye for those that found the dark gray, gloomy especially on cloudy and rain days!
Grays have warmed up and now “taupe” a combination of gray & beige has taken over the design color world for the past few years.
2020 Beige Color Trends
Move over gray! Beige is making a comeback in 2020. 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 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.
Benjamin Moore Thunder AF-685
And our last new “beige” color for 2020 is Benjamin Moore’s Thunder AF-685. It doesn’t technically fit the “beige” category according to the 80’s beige. Its more of a “greige” than a beige but its a lovely warm mid-tone color 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 as an accent wall, a family room, dining room, a bedroom or 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!