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Best Beige Shades for painting walls
Color changes depending on the light in your room and the time of the day. Color expert Ellen Kennon says she has done "entire houses in Mushroom, which is pretty darned fabulous. It's a beige, but it changes drastically — one minute it's putty and the next, it's rosier. Chameleon-like and mysterious, it takes on the properties of the colors around it." Interior decorator Michael Roberson finds that warm tan shades like Benjamin Moore's Powell Buff adds a coziness to his room designs. "What makes it so pretty is the way it reacts to light. When the sun hits it, it glows, and on a rainy day it casts a nice kind of cozy warm shadow on the room. This isn't a get-excited-about color, but it's a terrific background. Very calming in a bedroom. Great in a sitting room with almond-colored suede or gray flannel and, if you need an accent, a plummy linen."
In the end, beige makes everyone happy because the neutral can work with lots of other colors and is a natural decorating chameleon. As Darren Henault says "I've used [Farrow & Ball Buff] in small rooms, large rooms, sunny rooms, dark rooms. I think the reason it works so well is that it's got a lot of red in it, so it brings out the pink in your skin. People think a room looks good if they look good in it."