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SW Balanced Beige: a complete color review

Looking for the perfect beige paint color? Let’s talk about Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige and if it might be perfect for your home!

Beige is an increasingly popular home paint color.

It is a great neutral with warm undertones that makes it feel cozy and inviting in any space.

One of the most popular beige paint colors is Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige.

This is a unique color because of it’s balanced undertones and it’s ability to morph itself in different lighting situations.

Let’s dive into Balanced Beige and see if it might be the perfect paint color for your home!

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Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige paint color guide

Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige SW7037

Balanced Beige is a great neutral paint color that, while technically warm, is on the neutral side of warm. This gives it a ton of versatility and makes it easy to work with in many homes.

Color Family

Balanced Beige is in the beige color family.

Light Reflectance Value


Light Reflective Value is the measurement of how much light a color bounces around. This is on a scale of 0 to 100 with 0 being pure black and 100 being pure white.

With an LRV of 46, Balanced Beige is considered a mid-toned color – not super light, not dark.

This means that if you have a very bright room, it will not be washed out and will still hold its color. But, if you want a very bright color, it might not be right for you.

RGB Colors

R:92 G:178 B:162

RGB describes the amount of each color – red, green, and blue – present in a color. This is on a scale of 0 to 255 for each color. This is basically the color mix to make the color!

Hex Code


SW balanced Beige


Balanced Beige is a warm toned paint color. However, it does not have yellow or golden undertones and instead leans more towards warm gray.

This will be especially apparent in a room with cool lighting – such as a northern-facing room. In this type of light, the color will feel cooler and more gray/greige.

On the flipside, in a room with bright, warm light – like a south facing room – it will feel much warmer and beige-r.

Some people say that Balanced Beige can read a bit green in certain lighting – so be sure to swatch it in your home!

It’s very important to swatch colors on your wall to make sure they look good – day and night – in your actual space before committing.

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Best uses

Balanced Beige is a great neutral. If it fits your aesthetic, it works well in:

Similar Colors

  • Sherwin Williams Gobi Beige
  • Sherwin Williams Shittake
  • Behr Smokestack
  • Behr Pebblestone
  • Benjamin Moore Gallery Buff
  • Benjamin Moore Stone Hearth
  • Valspar Kiln Clay
  • PPG Discover

Coordinating Colors

Balanced Beige is neutral enough to pair with a variety of paint colors. However, I really like it paired with dark greiges and light blues and greens.

I would avoid pairing it with any light grays or tans as the undertones can easily clash.

Dark Greige:

Light blues & greens:

Trim Colors

I prefer to pair Balanced Beige with a bright white trim color.

Bright white trim colors:

  • Benjamin Moore Simply White
  • Sherwin Williams Extra White
  • Behr Ultra Pure White

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Balanced Beige color palette

Balanced Beige paint color palette

Balanced Beige FAQs

What is the difference between accessible and balanced beige?

Accessible Beige is, in general, much lighter and brighter compared to balanced beige. If you want your space to feel light and airy, go Accessible.

If your room gets a ton of light and you want a color that won’t get washed out, or might feel a touch more cozy, consider balanced beige!

What undertones does Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige have?

Balanced Beige has warm undertones, with a bit of gray and – in certain lighting – a touch of green.

Is Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige a warm or cool color?

Balanced Beige is a warm toned paint color.

How does Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige compare to other beige shades?

Balanced Beige is a bit more neutral – and less extremely warm – than your average beige paint color. It does not have yellow or gold undertones, which helps it feel a bit more – you guessed it! – balanced in many homes.

Can Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige be used in different types of lighting?

Be careful when using Balanced Beige across lighting types, because this color really transforms! It will feel brighter and more beige in bright, warm rooms, and almost gray in cooly lit rooms. That’s why it’s important to sample and swatch!

What types of rooms is Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige best suited for?

I love Balanced Beige for a large, brightly lit room. It will feel bright and welcoming, but is dark enough to add a bit of color and interest to your space, even with bright light.

Is Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige a good choice for a neutral color scheme?

Balanced Beige is neutral enough that it can layer well with a ton of other color options. It’s a great base for a neutral color scheme!

How does Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige pair with other colors?

Balanced Beige has a good balance (ha!) of warm and cool elements to it. This gives the color flexibility to pair well with a wide variety of accent colors and materials.

What is the paint finish recommended for Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige?

I always prefer an eggshell finish for my walls. Read my guide to paint sheens here!

Can Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige be used for exterior painting?

Balanced Beige can definitely work for an exterior. Remember: it will look much lighter on a brightly lit exterior. I recommend swatching it near any existing brick or stone to be sure that the undertones play well together.

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Accessible Beige vs Balanced Beige

SW accessible beige vs balanced beige

Accessible Beige and Balanced Beige are both warm toned greige paint colors, though Balanced Beige is much darker and more brown.

Click here for my complete comparison of Accessible Beige vs Balance

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