The 8 Taupe Paint Colors Designers Are Choosing Over White

Updated 04/03/19

It’s no secret that white walls have a few competitors for the most popular interior color these days. Gray is having an undeniable moment, but we can’t gloss over the fact that there’s an ecru shade that’s caught our design-savvy eye. We’ve gone totally nuts for taupe. A few reasons among many being that while having similar characteristics to creams (it pairs well with just about anything), it wears much more gracefully. It also has the ability to add a dash of warmth to any décor situation in just a few coats.

While natural woods and neutral palettes are all the rage, taupe easily compliments this earthy look without being too stark. While we’ve talked it up enough, let’s let the experts share the eight taupe wall colors they’re choosing over white. After these tips, this loyal white-paint user may just be a convert.

Taupe Wall Colors—Ginny Macdonald
Christopher Dibble ; DESIGN : Max Humphrey

Stony Ground by Farrow & Ball
According to interior designer Ginny Macdonald taupes can be a hard color to nail down while some run red-ish, others have the tendency to turn out murky. But fear not, she’s found a happy medium: Stony Ground by Farrow & Ball, a classic neutral smack in the middle. “Used in the right way a taupe can really elevate a space and add a warmth depth of sophistication,” says Macdonald.

Farrow & Ball Stony Ground
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Vintage Taupe by Benjamin Moore
Taupes are having “a bit of a moment,” Jennifer Wallenstein of September Workshop tells us as we begin to opt for warmer tones over cool. One to look out for is Vintage Taupe by Benjamin Moore which plays nicely with just about any accent color of the rainbow. If you’re leaning towards a statement wall, this could be the shade that opposes it nicely.

Benjamin Moore Vintage Taupe
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Taupe Wall Colors—Emma Beryl, Jessica McCarthy
Seth Caplan ; DESIGN : Emma Beryl

Elephant's Breath by Farrow & Ball
Emma Beryl swears by Farrow & Ball’s infamous shade Elephant Breath, “It brings a rich sense of warmth to a space but its gray undertones feel totally new and fresh,” she says. Renowned for its original inception by sought after British designer John Fowler, this taupe has made its way to bedrooms the world over. “It is the most perfect neutral taupe with a magenta undertone.” adds Decorist designer Jessica McCarthy, noting its earthy yet romantic impact.

Elephant's Breath by Farrow & Ball
Emma Beryl swears by Farrow & Ball’s infamous shade Elephant Breath, “It brings a rich sense of warmth to a space but its gray undertones feel totally new and fresh,” she says. Renowned for its original inception by sought after British designer John Fowler, this taupe has made its way to bedrooms the world over. “It is the most perfect neutral taupe with a magenta undertone.” adds Decorist designer Jessica McCarthy, noting its earthy yet romantic impact.

Farrow & Ball Elephant's Breath
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Eider White by Sherwin-Williams
Part of the Coastal Cool family by Sherwin-Williams, Wallenstein also offers us Eider White a taupe that scales almost gray. Soothing and laid back it can play the charming supporting role to a whimsical space. If your style runs on the wild side, this is the perfect color to tame it.

Sherwin-Williams Eider White
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School House White by Farrow & Ball
Just barely bridging the space between taupe and cream, this shade was designed to be used as effortlessly as you would a white. Wallenstein tends to lean towards “softer and lighter hues,” when picking a taupe and School House White satisfies just that task.

Farrow & Ball School House White
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Taupe Wall Colors—Chrstine Markatos Design
Christine Markatos Design ; DESIGN: Christine Markatos Lowe

Baby Fawn by Benjamin Moore
Christine Markatos Lowe of Christine Markatos Design thinks that in a space with wood and brick elements, Baby Fawn by Benjamin Moore could be just the refresher you need. “Taupe paint is a great way to give warmth to a more contemporary design scheme as opposed to the starkness of white paint.” As a shade rich with grey undertones, it adapts to earth-tones nicely.

Benjamin Moore Baby Fawn
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Taupe Wall Colors—Becky Leu
Becky Leu Interiors ; DESIGN : Becky Leu

Perfect Greige by Sherwin-Williams
If you’re looking for a color that pairs well with just about anything, Decorist Elite Designer Becky Leu leads us to Perfect Greige, an almost plum-hued paint choice. Subtle yet warm, it evokes the comfort of a log cabin. Leu swears by it—“I've used it in entire home projects before because if its versatility."

Sherwin-Williams Perfect Greige
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Taupe Wall Colors—Markatos Lowe
Becky Leu Interiors ; DESIGN : Becky Leu

White Dove by Benjamin Moore
The lightest of the taupe family is Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, a warm luminous tone. According to Markatos Lowe, this paint job will “perfectly complement the fresh pastel colors of a feminine space creating a calm and welcoming room for entertaining.” Lowe suggests keeping the walls minimal while saving the “wow-moment” for fabrics and accessories, keeping the living space a transitional one.

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