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11 Perfect Tan Paint Colors for Your Ideal Neutral Space

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Design: J. Kurtz Design, Photo: Amy Bartlam

Gray paint colors have dominated the market alongside classic whites for about a decade now, but warm, neutral paint colors are on the rise. One of the top paint colors you should have on your radar is tan. Sure, tan paint colors might bring back memories of tri-color '90s living rooms (remember it paired with rustic reds and forest green?), but fear not—today's iterations of the paint color render spaces chic and modern. Paired with white and neutral tones, tan is the perfect warm neutral to act as a base for your tone-on-tone neutral space.

  • Color Family: Browns 
  • Complementary Colors: No complementary colors
  • Pairs Well With: Whites, other earth tones, and soft pinks
  • Mood: Elegant and natural
  • Where to Use: Walls and trim

So which are the hottest warm neutral shades? From light to dark and Behr to Benjamin Moore, these are the best tan paint colors you should try.

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Behr Kombucha

Behr - Kombucha

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Behr Kombucha $33.00

Behr's dusty peach Kombucha—inspired by your favorite fizzy drink—has warm yellow undertones. Try pairing it with muted greens or purples.

If you're choosing multiple colors for one room, pick your boldest color first, and then select the others with the first in mind. It's harder to find complementary colors for bold hues.

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Benjamin Moore Coastal Path

Benjamin Moore - Coastal Path

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Benjamin Moore Coastal Path $11.00

Benjamin Moore's Coastal Path is reminiscent of a northeastern sandy beach on a sunny day and will add warmth to any room. It pairs well with dark charcoals and cream colors.

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Sherwin-Williams Dhurrie Beige

Sherwin-Williams Dhurrie Beige

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Sherwin-Williams Dhurrie Beige $60.00

On the cooler end of the spectrum is this light greige color from Sherwin-Williams. Try this if you're not ready to forget your favorite gray shade, but you want something a little warmer.

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Farrow & Ball London Stone

Farrow & Ball - London Stone

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Farrow & Ball London Stone $110.00

For a rich and moody tan color, look no further than Farrow & Ball's London Stone. This warm shade actually has underlying magenta tones, so it pairs well with other red-based neutrals.

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Sherwin-Williams Tamarind

Sherwin-Williams Tamarind

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Sherwin-Williams Tamarind $60.00

Sherwin-Williams's Tamarind is a mild tan color that's perfect for someone who wants a simple, warm neutral. It emulates the color of a tamarind tree's fruit.

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Sherwin-Williams Caramelized

Sherwin-Williams Caramalized

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Sherwin-Williams Caramelized $65.00

This deep caramel color is a warm hue with red undertones that would look great in a dining room. Make sure to pick of-the-moment furniture and decor in order to keep this shade from looking too traditional.

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Benjamin Moore Golden Retriever

Benjamin Moore - Golden Retreiver

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Benjamin Moore Golden Retriever $11.00

The name says it all with this warm and cozy Benjamin Moore golden-tan paint color. This darker tan shade may work best in a smaller space such as a bathroom.

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Sherwin-Williams Tatami Tan

Sherwin-Williams Tatami Tan

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Sherwin-Williams Tatami Tan $60.00

Sherwin-Williams's Tatami Tan has dark red undertones for a truly warm shade. If you're not sure you want to paint an entire room this shade, you can always paint use it for kitchen cabinets or other built-ins.

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Sherwin-Williams Accessible Beige

Sherwin Williams - Accessible Beige

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accessible beige
Sherwin-Williams Accessible Beige $38.00 $27.00

Sherwin-Williams's Accessible Beige has taupe undertones, ensuring that it doesn't give that dreaded '90s look. It works well in the entire home, especially if you're planning on painting your entire home a single color for continuity.

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Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige

Benjamine Moore - Shaker Beige

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Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige $11.00

This mid-tone tan takes inspiration from a sandy beach. It pairs well with browns and dark blues.

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Behr Sienna Dust

Behr - Sienna Dust/Creamy Mushroom

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sienna dust
Behr Sienna Dust $32.00

Behr's earthy Sienna Dust can be paired with muted cool-toned colors like blue and green. It's neutral enough to work in any room, which is mostly why we love it.