I have been looking forward to this post for awhile. We have been profiling the Sherwin-Williams Color of the Month for several months now, but have been working on releasing our own “Featured Color” with some of my favorite paint colors (also from Sherwin-Williams). So, without further ado, it pleases me to announce the first official Rugh Design Featured Color: Balanced Beige! I love this color and I hope you enjoy my Balanced Beige review!
Balanced Beige is definitely one of my top favorite neutral paint colors of all time and it seems the general public agrees as it is one of the top searched colors. I recommend it constantly! The best thing about Balanced Beige is that it is so versatile. I have seen it go well in warm color schemes and at the same time, work in cooler color schemes to bring some warmth. Balanced Beige can also help to coordinate spaces that have cool and warm tones, such as a kitchen with warmer tile floors and a cooler-toned backsplash.
Balanced Beige with Virtual Taupe
First, I paired Balanced Beige with Virtual Taupe for a gorgeous monochromatic scheme. Virtual Taupe is a few shades darker than Balanced Beige on the paint swatch, so these two colors are literally made for each other! Since Virtual Taupe is more saturated than Balanced Beige, it can help to “ground” a room and help higher ceilings to not feel so ominous. A perfect example of this is my use of Virtual Taupe below the chair rail for this scheme. I recommend trying Balanced Beige as your main wall color and then using Virtual Taupe as an accent wall or focal point in your space. You will be smitten!
Balanced Beige with Quietude
Quietude is another favorite paint color of mine, so I was itching to use it with Balanced Beige for a triad color scheme. I painted Quietude below the chair rail, but Quietude will also look great as an accent wall (or on all walls, for that matter!).
The warmer feel of Balanced Beige and the cool tones in Quietude compliment each other nicely and I love how they pop against the white trim. Balanced Beige can go with almost any color since it is so adaptable, but I really do love how these two colors look together.
Balanced Beige with China Doll
For the analogous scheme, I got creative again and painted 12” stripes alternating between Balanced Beige and China Doll. These neutral stripes are a unique way to do something different, without feeling too bold or “circus-like.” I like the idea of doing the stripes on an entry wall, but they are soft and subtle enough to be an accent wall in a living room or a bedroom. Balanced Beige and China Doll go well together since they are both warmer neutrals. Since China Doll is lighter in color than Balanced Beige, they are the perfect combo for the stripe detail that I seriously recommend trying!!
See my Limón Fresco review for several more unique stripe paint details. There is also a link for a tutorial on how to do stripe details yourself!
Balanced Beige with Gray Matters
This last scheme (complementary) is my favorite. I started painting Gray Matters below the chair rail and was honestly skeptical at first. Once it dried and I stepped back, I immediately took a picture and texted it to my husband to gush how much I loved it!! The soft blue-gray color of Gray Matters compliments Balanced Beige perfectly, again because of the juxtaposition of the cool and warm colors. You can also think about adding a pop of color with artwork, pillows or accessories like the magenta flowers I used for styling this space.
Rugh Design Rating
As I wrap up this post, I just keep thinking about how much I love Balanced Beige. I seriously recommend it if you are having trouble choosing a neutral that is in between golden/beige and gray/greige. I hope my Balanced Beige review inspires you to try Virtual Taupe, Quietude, China Doll and/or Gray Matters to coordinate with the ever-popular, Balanced Beige. Check out my Balanced Beige Color Wheel page as well for even more choices!