Accessible Beige: Why It’s the Best Beige for Your Home

by Stacey Crawford
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About Accessible Beige

Accessible Beige SW 7036 is a versatile, calming neutral paint color from Sherwin Williams that really pops when paired with steely blues, rich browns and whites. But the color combinations don’t stop there.

What colors go with Accessible Beige?

Colors that go with Accessible Beige include soft teals, and violets. The not too gray and not too golden paint color is a popular choice for all areas of your home such as the living room, kitchen, bathroom, entryway, and of course, bedrooms. 

You may think but beige is so boring! Trust us, Sherwin-Williams Accessible Beige creates a neutral yet warm feel to any space.

Is Accessible Beige a Cool or Warm Color?

The color is warm, but Accessible Gray undertones are grayish taupe, so it is not yellowy. It pairs well with a variety of colors, which makes it highly accessible. 

Color Palettes for Accessible Beige

Complementary Color Palette for Accessible Beige

Benjamin Moore™ AC-3 Texas Leather


Accessible Beige SW 7036


Behr™ 1850 Ultra Pure White

Icy SW 6534


Waterloo SW 9141 


Split Complementary Color Palette for Accessible Beige

Teal Stencil SW 0018 


Valspar Peaceful


Accessible Beige SW 7036


Benjamin Moore French Violet


Behr Pixie Violet 620B-4


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Monochromatic Color Palette for Accessible Beige

Urbane Bronze SW 7048 

Kelly-Moore Balsam Brown

Accessible Beige SW 7036

Van Dyke Brown SW 7041

 Benjamin Moore Gothic Arch / CSP-80 

What is the Undertone of Accessible Beige?

As we said earlier, Accessible Beige has a grayish undertone so is Accessible Beige a greige? Yes, it is a greige paint color, a mix of tan and gray. If you’re not into the greige scene, this paint color is barely greige and a great starter option.  

Accessible Beige LRV, or light reflectance value, of 58 make it an extremely versatile paint color. LRV refers to how much light a paint reflects off the wall. This paint color LRV is is the middle, not too dark not too light, a medium shade of the beige.

A beige paint from years ago would have yellow or orange as an undertone. Accessible Beige hints at gray, but it is not a full-on greige like its cousin Agreeable Gray. 

Helpful hint: You can find the undertones of any paint on a paint chip strip. For example, the Accessible Beige paint strip darkest color has brown undertones with a hint of gray. 

The darkest or most saturated color on the paint chip will tell you what the undertones are. The Accessible Beige paint strip ends with a warm dark brown paint color Van Dyke Brown.  

With an LRV of 58 this paint reads bright in direct light, but it is considered a darker neutral wall color.

What Sherwin Williams Colors go with Accessible Beige?

If you are looking for accent colors, wall colors for other rooms in your home or Accessible Beige is just not quite the paint color you need, here are a few other related options that will give your space a cohesive feel.  

  • Sherwin Williams Sea Salt SW 6204
  • Sherwin Williams Repose Gray  SW 7015
  • Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray SW 7029
  • Sherwin Williams Alabaster  SW 7008
  • Sherwin Williams Naval SW 6244
  • Sherwin Williams Rock Candy SW 6231
  • Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White SW 7035
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Is Beige Out of Style?

If the word beige makes you cringe a little. Relax. Accessible Beige is not the beige paint colors you saw in the 1990s. 

While beige of yesterday was awkward and begged to be painted over ASAP because it was so boring, Accessible Beige is on-trend, sophisticated and will bring the va-voom to any room. 

This paint color looks fantastic with Repose Gray and Agreeable Gray. 

Accessible Beige vs. Agreeable Gray

Accessible Beige and Agreeable Gray are similar but not the same and these two paint colors make a sophisticated color combination. If you look at the colors side-by-side, you’ll probably notice how Agreeable Gray has way more gray then Accessible Beige paint color. 

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Not only that, but Agreeable Gray has a purplish undertone, while Accessible Beige is more brownish taupe. These two greige colors would be a great choice to use throughout your home. Agreeable Gray has a slightly higher LRV at 60, vs the Accessible Beige LRV at 58. 

Accessible Beige and Sea Salt

Next in our paint color combination comparison is Accessible Beige and Sea Salt. This pair of colors offer more contrast than the previous color comparison, but they work wonderfully together. If you want to create an uber-calming feel with a coastal flair, these paints will bring the beach to your home, even if you live thousands of miles away from the coast.

Sea Salt epitomizes a coastal paint color

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As you can see, Accessible Beige much warmer than Sea Salt, a lighter cooler color with greenish undertones. The two colors work well together because they have a similar saturation. Sea Salt has an LRV of 64 while Accessible Gray has an LRV of 58. 

Accessible Beige and Balanced Beige

These colors may both say beige in their name, but they are not the same beige. This paint color combination pairs the darker Balanced Beige (this color has an LRV of 46) with Accessible Beige (LRV 58). The lower the LRV, the darker the color. Not only are the shades different, but Balanced Beige is more brown and Accessible Beige is grayish. Sherwin Williams lists these as similar colors and they appear on the same paint chip. 

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If you are looking for a more brown feel to your space, this paint color combination will achieve the look.  

Accessible Beige and Revere Pewter 

This next paint color combination pairs Accessible Beige with Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter HC-172— two popular greiges. With pewter in its name, Revere Pewter is grayer than Accessible Beige.

These colors are very similar. In fact, you may be scratching your head and wondering what the differences are. Subtle differences can make all the difference when choosing a paint color. Accessible Beige has an LRV of 58 and Revere Pewter has an LRV of  55.51. They both have greenish undertones, but Revere Pewter is cooler in rooms that get a lot of natural light. 

Accessible Beige in Your Home

Accessible Beige in the Bedroom

If you have been searching for the right neutral paint color for your master bedroom, guest bedroom or even the kid’s bedroom, Accessible Beige was made for these rooms. The soft, calming tone shines when combined with crisp white bedding and wood floors. 

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Accessible Beige works especially well as a backdrop for pops of color in pillows and artwork. You can use one of the color palettes above or create one of your own. Who doesn’t want a sanctuary?

In the children’s rooms, you can really go bright with hot pink, a bright green, and a punch of Naval to ground the space. 

Accessible Beige in the Bathroom

While sea greens and soft blues seem to rule the loo’s color palette, neutrals work to create a spa-like feel to your bathroom. Here’s a list of 7 great paint colors for your bathroom walls. 

Accessible Beige contrasts nicely against white trim and dark cabinetry. Note that if you have a typical bathroom with no windows, Accessible Beige will look darker. But that doesn’t mean this paint color will look gloomy.

Tips for Painting with Accessible Beige

Now that you are revved up about painting something Accessible Beige, here are a few tips for painting your walls. 

Use a Top-Quality Paint

This should go without saying since we are talking about Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. When it comes to painting, you don’t want to save a few bucks and then regret or have to repaint.

Take the time to figure out your budget and get the best paint you can afford. Sherwin Williams Emerald Interior Matte is listed on the Sherwin Williams website for just over $50 a gallon. But remember you are investing in the look and feel of your home for years to come.

Sherwin Williams Emerald® is a paint and primer in one. It also prevents stains from penetrating and resists water. It goes on smooth but some customers have complained about an odor. 

Prep, Prep, Prep

Did we say prep? Make sure you have filled any holes and sanded the surface and cleaned the surface thoroughly. Use a good painter’s tape to mask off baseboards, corners and remove switch plates, hardware etc. Test the painters’ tape before using it to tape off a large area. 

Prime and Paint

Prime walls first. Then use an angled brush to cut in around the perimeter of the walls, at the corners and along the ceilings to apply the color. You want to work fast, so the paint doesn’t dry. If you are painting more than one wall, cut in one wall at a time.

Use a roller with the correct nap for your wall to paint in a large W pattern.

Use more than one coat of paint, even with a primer. 

So, if you love the Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige, don’t be afraid to try it. This calming breezy color will breathe new life into your walls.

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