Beige- camel, sand, caramel, toast, tan, taupe, buff, acorn, mushroom, squash, milkshake, hay, chardonnay.
A shade or two darker than ivory or just shy of brown tan is a wonderful neutral. It can read both feminine and masculine depending on what is paired with it.
Soft painted beiges:
The above room by Bunny Williams has soft beige walls and a sisal rug while the upholstered pieces take the room into darker caramel and toffee hues.
A bedroom by Jeffrey Bilhuber plays with ivories, beiges and grays for a neutral, relaxing, and sophisticated scheme.
A living room by Jeffrey Bilhuber
Beiges and animal prints:
How chic! An entry staircase covered in leopard. The natural pine console and mirror keep it from going over the top.
Soft beige walls are the perfect backdrop to the bold art and spotted rug ( carpet is Antelope through Stark)
Soft beiges and creams keep the room feeling light and airy and the pinks, reds, and animal print benches add a spark of personality.
Ivory walls with pops of tan:
Above: I LOVE this tan sofa with the nail head details. Show stopper!
The effect of wood:
A home by Thom Felicia. The natural walls, beams, and stone fireplace take center stage.
A barn done by Carrier and Co. The natural wide wood planks on the walls and the beams create a wonderfully rustic backdrop for the linen sofa upholstered in ticking stripe, the rush wing back chairs, and the farmhouse table.
One more barn conversion above. The old brick floors are softened a bit by the sisal rug, kilim ottoman, and sofa.
Deeper textural caramels:
The zig zag patterned grasscloth makes this neutral color anything but boring.
Deep caramel walls and the caramel/ goldenrod mohair club chair make this room ready for fall. Room by Nate Berkus.
Though neutral in color (except for the wild yellow sofa), Nate Berkus heightened the drama of the room with texture. The stone fireplace, leather upholstered panels on the wall above and lots of brass and bronze make this room interesting.
Beige paint selections as seen in various House Beautiful issues:
1. Benjamin Moore Raccoon Hollow
2. Full Spectrum Paints Mushroom
3. Farrow and Ball Shaded White
4. Benjamin Moore Milkshake
5. Benjamin Moore Camelback
6. Farrow and Ball Buff
7. Benjamin Moore Chilled Chardonnay
8. Farrow and Ball String 8
1. C & C Milano Art. 161957
2. Michael Devine Orangerie through John Rosselli
3. Edelman Leather Royal Suede in Toast
4. Clarence House Tigre Velours Soie silk velvet
5. Edelman Leather Ostrich Color 11
6. Duralee Giraffe
1. Custom leopard print console
2. Holland and Sherry embroidered blanket EMB727
3. Leopard print settee through Todd Romano
4. Throw pillow through Michael Devine
5. Raffia chest of drawers through Italian Profiles