Why You Need A Beige Living Room

The color beige is probably the most popular paint color for interior and exterior walls with white being the only one to outdo it. But in some areas, beige even comes out on top due to its adaptability and class.

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It is a warm color with a lot to offer. So people are using it more and more, especially when staging houses because everyone loves a beige design. But there’s more to love about a beige living room than that.

What Is Beige?

Beige is known as a pale sandy color with both yellow and brown mixed in. It was named after a French word that originally meant natural wool that hasn’t been bleached or dyed. So beige is similar to the color of wool. 

The reason that the word is no longer relevant is probably due to the fact that most wool is dyed, often white. So the “white as snow” term is more relevant than the word beige now which is actually more accurate. 

But today, wool is completely forgotten and the primary meaning of the word beige is to describe a certain color. This sandy brown color has so much to offer and it is available to everyone! Be a shame to let the offer go. 

Why Paint A Beige Living Room?

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There are many rooms to paint the living room beige. In fact, there are so many reasons that we had to list them in order to give you a better idea of why each reason was chosen and how it is relevant to you. 

Here we have a few of the top reasons to use beige in the living room. This can be beige furniture, beige walls, or even beige floors. Beige can work anywhere in the living room no matter how much or how little you use.

Easy To Match

Beige is an easy color to match because you can mix shades of beige without anyone noticing. If you start out with a beige from one brand of paint and then end up using another brand of paint in another room it’s okay.

You can do the same with living room furniture as well. Use dark beige on the walls and light beige for the furniture. Or for even better results, switch it around with light beige on the walls instead. 

Other Colors Go Well With It

It isn’t just other colors of beige that go well with beige but other colors in general. You need to pick the right shade but after you do that, you can easily match the beige with any color you can imagine.

From black or other neutrals to red and other bright colors, you can match beige with them. Start with the color and match it with the right beige for best results. Doing it the other way also works, just not as well. 


Some colors can bother other people. If you get a bright red or the wrong color of green it can give some people headaches or irritate them, making them nervous. But beige rarely offends a soul, so it is safe to use.

Pair it with other light, calming colors for best results. Learn more about what colors go best with beige below where we match beige with a variety of colors that are sure to please anyone. So read below for more. 

Never Ages

Beige doesn’t age, or at least it ages well. You can use it in your house and you will never have to update it due to shades going out of style or designs no longer working with the color scheme. It will always work.

In fact, beige isn’t always just for settling but it can stand on top of other colors time and time again. Whether it is the 1940s, 1970s, or 2050s, it will always work. The same can’t be said for other colors. 

Great For Those With Autism

This needs to be said even if it isn’t relevant to you. Calm pinks and blues are considered the best colors for those with autism. But beige isn’t far behind. Choose a soft, light beige for the best results. 

If you don’t have people living in your house with autism but still have autistic visitors then go ahead and cater to them. Because beige is a wonderful color and so are the other soft colors that appeal to those with autism. 

Colors That Go With Beige

When using beige, there’s a good chance that you will want to use another color to go with it. It can be great alone but it usually needs another color to balance it out and bring a little life to the flat color. 

Here are some of the best colors that go with beige. You can choose one of them, a few of them, or make your own color that you believe goes well with beige. It’s all up to you to create that perfect beige living room. 


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Gold and muted yellows both look good in a beige living room. Because beige is a soft color that doesn’t have a lot of depth, gold can bring out the best in it by adding a flashiness that beige often needs to thrive. 

If you don’t like gold then you can try yellow. Bright yellow doesn’t usually work the best but muted gold yellows can. In fact, it is one of the best and least offensive pairings for beige, despite yellow being a brighter color. 


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Some people prefer beige over cream and others prefer cream over beige. But the most refined designers know how to mix them together properly. Adding cream to beige is like adding whipped cream to a milkshake. 

Or even better, adding french vanilla creamer to your cup of mocha coffee. The two are meant to be together! The color cream is one of those colors that adds sweetness and warmth to a room with very little effort. 


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Any color in the mint green family is great paired with beige. But choosing a muted mint green color to go with beige is ideal. The two work so well together that you will be instantly calmed when you want into the room. 

One mistake people tend to make is getting a mint color that is far too blue. This can work sometimes but only if it is done carefully. Doing so unintentionally doesn’t usually have the best results. So stick with mint green when you can. 


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Sage is a wonderful color that works so well with so many other colors. It is similar to mint green but has a more earthy tone that is warmer rather than cooler. You can almost smell the earthiness of this combo. 

If you use sage at all, be sure to add a little beige in or a lot! Because the two work better together than they do apart and sage is not a color you want to forget. It has all the same properties that beige does. 


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Red can be a touchy color to work with but if you find the right shade, it won’t overpower the beige but balance it out. A medium-red is usually best paired with a medium to light beige, though the beige is more versatile. 

For a solid and safe option, try using a medium to dark beige with a dark red. Deep red breaks all the rules that red usually has to follow, making it an almost neutral color, the same way that navy breaks all the blue rules. 


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Teal is a wonderful color to work with beige but it needs to be the perfect shade to really make the most of the pairing. Try pairing a muted teal or a beachy teal with the beige for a sand and water match. 

Using a bright teal can work but most of the time, a light aquamarine or pale teal works even better. So stick with that if you are a beginner before slowly integrating the brighter colors into your living room. 


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A lot of people get tan and beige confused, lumping them together. But this isn’t fair to either color. Both of them deserve praise for different reasons, and pairing them together is a great way to praise them both. 

Try starting with a light beige and mixing it with a dark tan. This can bring out the best of each color while leaving room for the distinct separation of tones. After all, you just don’t get that forest tone with beige. 

Any Splash Of Color

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You can use any bright color for your splash of color with beige. It is usually best not to go overboard but it is a good idea to add a small splash to brighten the place up. Try a throw blanket or pillow to start with.

Then you can find key pieces like sculptures or wall art to draw it all together and create your masterpiece. Adding splashes of color is the best way to add personality without overwhelming your beige living room.