Help a girl out: I need a good tan/beige/light brown paint color for my kitchen!

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Posted 10/25/2008 by Miss Jen in NSBR Board

Miss Jen
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Posted: 10/25/2008 1:36:53 PM
I'm at my wit's end in trying to select a paint color for my kitchen wall. I've gone through the Behr paint choices, the Glidden Choices and the choices of whatever brand it is they sell at Walmart and I just can't find something I LOVE.

Well, I found the color I love-Behr's Warm Nutmeg, but it's too dark.

I want something beige/light brown/tan-ish that's not too pink or too yellow, not too flat, and not too dark. I want a color with a lot of complexity and richness.

The closest light color we've found that we like is Behr's Toasted Wheat. The volume of color is ok--it's just a little drab and lacking richness.

Do you have a favorite paint color in this family? Thanks

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Posted: 10/25/2008 1:40:30 PM
Last week I found "Toast" by Sherwin Williams. Go check it out, it might be something you'll like!!


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Posted: 10/25/2008 2:15:42 PM
Try Lenox Tan from Benjamin Moore. It's featured on the Pottery Barn website as one of the catalog colors. I just painted my living room last weekend and I LOVE it!!

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Posted: 10/25/2008 3:38:30 PM
Why not go with the nutmeg, BUT check the card and see if the one that is just a shade lighter might work???

Update us on your choice. And pictures if you can


Miss Jen
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Posted: 10/25/2008 5:03:49 PM
Hi Marissa--I would love that but it's a special color that doesn't have a multi tonal paint chip. They tried mixing it at just 50% and then 70% intensity and it just didn't have the same pizazz because they had to use a totally different base to get any lighter. I just came from Sherwin Williams. I'm forcing myself to make a choice so hopefully I'll have an update soon. Pictures will come hopefully soon once my kitchen is all put back together!

Thanks Debi and Cherrups for the suggestions!

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Posted: 10/25/2008 5:09:06 PM
I painted my LR/DR Toasted Wheat by True Value. Loved it 3 years ago, and still love it now.

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Posted: 10/25/2008 5:26:29 PM
Valspar (Lowes) Antique is kind of our old reliable for a warm neutral.

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Posted: 10/25/2008 5:58:30 PM
I'm doing my hallway/entryway. I'm still torn between Soft Chamois and Natural Cream - both by Benjamin Moore.

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Posted: 10/25/2008 6:08:05 PM
Sherwin Williams Latte is one of my fave's.


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Posted: 10/25/2008 6:10:46 PM
TOBACCO ROAD!!! Practically my whole house is painted that color, including part of my kitchen....I love it!! It's a Duron color but anyone can mix it....

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Posted: 10/25/2008 6:12:50 PM

Sherwin Williams Latte is one of my fave's.

Latte is a beautiful color, but you will want to try it first. I had my heart set on painting our main living areas Latte and decided to put some samples on the wall first. Thank goodness beause the lighting in those rooms made the paint take on a greenish tint and it look horrible! I have heard others say the same thing about Latte.

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Posted: 10/25/2008 6:19:42 PM
We are currently remodeling our kitchen and are painting it "Brown Bag" by Glidden (I know, I know - WORST paint name EVER!). I don't think it's too dark, but you might. Worth looking at though.


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Posted: 10/25/2008 6:25:19 PM
Sherwin Williams - Bagel


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Posted: 10/25/2008 6:33:00 PM
I wanted a tan colored neutral, without yellow or pink undertones and I ended up using Glidden's Toasty Grey, and it completely fit the bill. It has grey undertones. We have gotten a lot of compliments on it. It looks even better finished than I hoped it would based on the paint chip.


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Posted: 10/25/2008 6:45:05 PM
Benjamin Moore AC-4 Yosemite Sand.

When we were trying to find the right shade of beige, I bought 3 or 4 different shades in the little Benjamin Moore sample jars and painted a big square of each shade on the wall. The color that I liked best in the jar was not the one that looked best on the wall.

Good luck with your search!

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Posted: 10/25/2008 7:16:57 PM
ICI Worsted Tan is my choice. Not too pink, green or gray like some tans can be.
They sell this colour at Home Depot. You will not find it in the paint chips but it can be found in the book they keep at the paint counter of ICI colours.
Here is a link I found that shows it though it is richer in real life.

Worsted Tan


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Posted: 10/25/2008 7:31:01 PM
Porter Paints - Dover Beige

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Posted: 10/25/2008 8:24:33 PM
Ditto on the Lenox Tan! We have it in our bedroom.

Also, Shaker Beige and Bleeker Beige from Benjamin Moore are great. I have the Shaker Beige in the hallways and foyer. They're both a bit lighter than the Lenox Tan.

I also HIGHLY recommend Benjamin Moore Aura paint. It's expensive ($45 per can) but it's the best paint I've ever seen. It's a matte finish that is completely scrubbable and you can touch it up at any time and it blends perfectly.

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Posted: 10/26/2008 12:20:53 AM
Toast - Ralph Lauren

it's the one on the wall behind the bed - crappy photo, but the other walls don't show in the pix I have online. The other walls are a chalky flat "mother of pearl" that is a pinkish light beige. Pardon my orbs and unfinished decorating.


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Posted: 10/26/2008 12:26:30 AM
I just painted my Living Room Behr Toffee Crunch. We loved the color so much we painted it again. We had it in our LR in our old house and just painted our new LR the same. And then we just painted this morning the Family Room TeePee Brown. It's the next shade lighter on the color sheet. I really like it too. Harvest Brown from Behr is also a good color (our old Family Room's color) but might be too green for what you are discribing.

Miss Jen
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Posted: 10/26/2008 1:14:40 AM
Thanks for all of the suggestions, ladies! I'm not any closer to a decision, but I feel like I have a lot of really good options!


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Posted: 10/26/2008 1:16:04 AM
Maybe Sherwin Williams Basket Beige? My Mom did her kitchen this color and the sales guy said it's a very popular shade...


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Posted: 10/26/2008 10:16:46 AM
We just built a house and our whole house color is Cedar Key by Benjamin Moore. The family room is Pismo Dunes (in the same family as Cedar Key but darker). It's a good beige, not yellow-ey, more brown/white-ish based. (Lenox Beige and Bleecker Beige were strong contenders too).

Whatever you end up with, try both the Benjamin Moore store and their website. DH and I painted almost every room in our old townhouse and always used Behr from Home Depot. We decided to let the builder do the painting this time around (we're older and more tired now javascript:void(0) ) Our builder uses Benjamin Moore paint so this was our first time in one of their stores. WOW - those people are knowledgeable and HAPPY about helping people with color choices. I probably spent four hours total with the lady at our store picking interior and exterior colors. Totally worth the few extra dollars.

You can upload a photo of your room to their website and then paint it with their colors. It's a great website...

Good luck

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Posted: 10/26/2008 10:24:44 AM
Another vote for Lenox Tan by BM. I am getting ready to paint my laundry room that color.

Their paint is excellent. It is all I will use now.
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