Friday, September 9, 2011

What color beige should I paint my walls?

Never Boring Nougat
by Miriam Schulman
A room designed by interior decorator Stephanie Wohlner is re-imagined with artwork by Miriam Schulman. Yellow Fantasy Blooms, 22x30"
Taking cues from the great masters, and sepia tones of old Hollywood "Nougat" from the Pantone 2011 home and fashion report is a deliciously warm camel tan. Like a coffee but with lots of milk in it, this neutral has a warmth that can tastefully be embellished by phlox purple, ember-glow coral or honeysuckle pink. Nougat is cozy and comforting and can combine with bold colors for an elegant combination.

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."
Farrow & Ball, String 8
Full Spectrum Paints, Mushroom
Conservative designer Thomas Jayne likes Benjamin Moore's Camel Back and points out"At one point in life, everybody has coveted a camel-hair coat. It's just an extremely flattering color, and camel-colored walls are warm and soft, yet very masculine. Camel, with an underpinning of yellow and a slight bit of red, has much more life than beige, which can go gray and cold. Art looks great on it. Use camel as a foil for red or blue — totally classic."
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."


  1. Thanks so much for making my Coffee Nougat Scarf a part of your wonderful collection of goodies!

  2. I am loving nougat tan for Fall too. Great post! Thanks for including my wool earrings in your beautiful collection. :)

  3. Thank you so much for listing our Milk Chocolate Covered Nougat on your blog! We just love working with this delicious candy, and we make it in Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter, as well.

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  4. I love rich neutral colors and thanks so much for including my "soft nougat cuff" in your collection. On the topic of using beige for effect with colors, take a peek at my new nougat cuff--where beige is a backdrop for firebrick red!!


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