Grayed Out?

It’s no surprise that the go-to neutral for the last decade has been gray, but we’re starting to see the trend shift from cool to warm as another neutral is making its way back into our homes – we’re looking at you, beige!

Light Gray Dining room

Back to Beige

When beige entered the scene as the neutral of the early 2000s, we saw all-beige everywhere. From the walls to the furniture, monochromatic color schemes were dominating our homes. How will beige get a new look in 2020? This warm neutral won’t be a direct pickup of where it left off. We’re starting to see it paired with color! Muted jewel tones and bold earth tones help keep the 2020 revival of beige feeling far from dated. True shades of beige like Shiitake and Accessible Beige are the perfect blend of warm and cool so you’re able to keep your space feeling fresh and full of color

Going Greige

Greige mixes a little gray with a little beige to create a hybrid color that bridges the best of both neutrals. This hue can take on a variety of different tones that range from warm to cool and somewhere in between. No matter the ratio, this transitional shade is the perfect way to update an all-gray color palette.

Ready to find your shade of greige? We’ve got a handful of options to put you ahead of the color trend. Perfect Greige features a medium tone that balances equal parts of gray’s coolness with beige’s warmth for a temperature-balanced color. If you’re leaning toward a warmer space, Windsor Greige and Mega Greige have undertones of yellow and brown that play into the warmth of beige. In the epic battle between gray and beige, remember you can always go greige.


  1. I bought 5 gallons of Perfect Greige. Only painted 1/2 the house and glad I did. This is a very odd color in the walls. More beige than grey reflected in the color. It is very dark also. Will be in to purchase something lighter. It is a great paint to work with and smooth on the walls.

    Linda A Woodman
    • Sherwin-Williams

      Hi Linda! Perfect Greige is indeed dark and can look beige in certain lighting. The list below is of similar colors, but with a decided gray hue to them. Take a look at:
      Roycroft Mist Gray SW 28544
      Skyline Steel SW 1015
      Modern Gray SW 7632

  2. We are halfway finished painting our entire downstairs with Loggia. It is AMAZING. I’m sad that it didn’t make your greige list. It is so versatile and shifts in tone from AM to PM.

    Our house is very open concept with a two story foyer. We are adding shiitake on the stairs and upper hallway, and moths wing to our fireplace surround as an accent.


    Tina Kozloski
    • Sherwin-Williams

      Hi Tina! Loggia SW 7506 is still a popular neutral similar to Balanced Beige SW 7037. Good luck with the rest of your project. We would love to see how it turns out. If you are sharing updates on social media, use the hashtag #SWColorLove or you can upload your project to our #SWColorLove Gallery

  3. What is the difference between greige and taupe?

    Barbara Leonard
    • Sherwin-Williams

      Hi Barbara! Greiges are a gray with a beige undertone. Taupes are beiges with a pink undertone. A lot of taupes can turn pink or purple in certain lighting.

  4. What about the color China Doll? Or is that a local builder color here in my area? Sherwin Williams here knows it well here. It’s a great neutral. Which of the above colors is closest to that? What else was on the color strip with China Doll?

    charlene hansen
  5. What color of beige is used in the dining room photo here?

    Carole Brooks
  6. I am over Gray. Went back to a color popular years ago. Kilim beige. Goes with many other colors

  7. Dear SW-
    Is there a greige Offered that has a warm/green undertone, with a value/depth similar to
    SW’s Perfect Greige color?

    • Sherwin-Williams

      Hi Robin! Grays can be tricky. They can only be made by combining color families. There are basically three families of gray: blue-gray, green-gray and griege. Here are some green-grays similar to Perfect Greige:
      Comfort Gray SW 6205
      Rare Gray SW 6199
      Escape Gray SW 6185

  8. I just painted my upstairs hallway and stair Gossamer Veil, I have been contemplating what do do with the main floor. I wanted a neutral, but no more gray, so your article was helpful in suggesting a beige or greige, thank you! What is your top recommendations, coming down a hall and into an open area following the Gossamer Veil? This way I can go pick up the sample at our local store and see what works! Thank you. Tammy

    • Sherwin-Williams

      Hi Tammy- Consider the following greiges to flow from your Gossamer Veil. You will have to go a little darker in order to differentiate for that “pop” of color. Take a look at:

      Dorian Gray SW 7017
      Amazing Gray SW 7044
      Mindful Gray SW 7016

  9. What white goes well with Touch of Sand?

  10. Try Portico in a sateen finish! I’ve used it in 3 homes now. It’s the perfect neutral.

    Sally Burke
  11. I have accessible beige in the majority of my home. It’s my go to come for our rental homes as well : ) I love it but would like one shade lighter for one of my rooms. There isn’t a shade lighter on the color strip so could recommend others that have the same undertone but are lighter in value? Thank you!

    Tracie Hermsen
  12. I’ve painted my entire home in Moderate White 6140. Absolutely love this color in smaller spaces like my bedrooms. The larger where there is more light makes the walls appear a bit creamier which is still nice but unexpected. I’m desperately trying to find a clean neutral color to now paint my kitchen cabinets to blend with the moderate white walls. Any suggestions would be fantastic!!!

    Anne Jamison
    • Sherwin-Williams

      Hello Anne! You could stick with your monochromatic palette and use Macadamia SW 6142 on your cabinets. If you want a different look, please let us know the color(s) of the following in your kitchen: flooring, counter tops, backsplash and appliances.

  13. I used greige and shitake in my newly remodeled kitchen, it blends beautifully with my cherry and Flint cabinets and dark cherry woodwork and doors.
    This blend of color works well with delconca long tumbled subway tile and

    Laura Spleen
  14. Your email teaser for “tried and trendy” featured a photo of a white kitchen with wood beams and coral and blue/green accents. I can’t find the photo on your website. Can you identify the white used in that kitchen?

    Betsy Taylor
  15. Hi,

    I’m looking for a lighter paint color for windowless basement rooms that will go with the Mohawk Luxurious Model 511 Marsh Grass color carpet I selected. Unfortunately, in my basement lighting, the carpet looks like a taupe/mushroom color with pinkish rather than green or yellow undertones. I’m finding it difficult to find a paint complimentary to go with this taupe carpet. Any suggestions?

    • Sherwin-Williams

      Hi Melanie! We think these soft neutrals would look great:

      Natural Linen SW 9109
      Pacer White SW 6098
      Malabar SW 9110


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