Let me start off by saying that I am in no way looking to bash beige. There are many beautiful shades of the neutral hue that are appropriate and look fantastic in and on homes. But when I am hired to do a paint color consultation, I often avoid suggesting beige. And clients even ask to avoid it, which leads me to believe that many homeowners are tired of the hue, or they see it as a crutch to fall back on when they’d really prefer something different, something with a little more oomph.
For those of you who just aren’t a fan of bold, intense color but want to move beyond white and beige, I’ve pulled together some of my favorite not-beige neutrals that I think look fantastic in bedrooms. These are softer, more soothing hues that work well with a variety of other colors, materials and styles of decor. Yet they still look fresh and current.
1. Light Purples
Whether you go for a cool lavender or a warmer mauve, the trick to making this color appear sophisticated rather than sugary is to go with a shade that has a good amount of neutralizing gray or brown in it. The paint color here contains both gray and brown, which neutralizes the purple. You get the best of both worlds — a neutral hue with just a hint of color. Get a similar look with Beguiling Mauve from Sherwin-Williams. VV
This lavender has less gray in it than the previous color, but it still has an iciness, which keeps it soft and soothing. Get a similar look with North Cascades from Benjamin Moore
This pretty wall color has more red and brown in it, which adds warmth. The hint of brown also nudges it toward neutral territory. Get a similar look with Plum Frost from Behr.
A soft blue with a hint of gray is a fantastic choice to create a soothing, relaxing vibe in a bedroom. Those who live in areas where cool and overcast days outnumber warm and sunny ones may want to opt for a hue with more blue and less gray. Get a similar look with Woodlawn Silver Brook from Valspar.
This is a fairly deep blue, but it also has plenty of gray in it, which tones it down and mellows it out. Get the look with Stonybrook from Benjamin Moore.
A light gray-blue wall color plays well with a variety of other hues. Think of it like a chambray shirt that you can pair with clothing in any other color. This palette of soft grayish blue with browns, creams and off-whites is super-sophisticated. Get a similar look with Chambray from Pittsburgh Paints.
Add some green to soft blue and you get a wonderful watery hue that has a spa-like feel. Get a similar look with Gentle Tide from Glidden.
I imagine this grayish blue-green wall color reads as a different hue depending on the time of day as well as the time of year. It’s a terrific base color that you can add small bits of bold color to. Get a similar look with Valley Hills from Behr.