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Accessible Beige is a neutral paint color with both a greige undertone It is a wonderfully versatile shade and when used correctly will add a beautifully classic touch to any home.

Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige paint color swatch

What Color is Accessible Beige?

Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige SW-7036 is considered one of the best greige paint colors – meaning it’s a mix of gray and beige. While some greige paint colors lean more gray, this one leans slightly more beige as a more warm paint color.

However, this beige is a million steps above the builder-grade beige colors that were all the rage in the early 2000’s thanks to its gray undertone, making it a modern and functional shade choice for whole-house color palettes.

Similarly to SW Agreeable Gray, Accessible Beige can be quite the chameleon. It can sometimes have a slight green undertone in some lights, but also tends to wash out beautifully in direct light. Even though it’s technically greige, the warmth in this color is certainly more obvious than in a lot of the other greige paint colors.

It’s a wonderful paint color for any style, modern or traditional, and it really pops off the wall when paired with white trim or natural wood.

It also works beautifully on trim, doors, and kitchen cabinets, making it a very versatile paint color. White walls and greige trim have really become popular over the past year and it’s such a beautiful look that’s a fresh, modern take on the traditional white trim and doors that we’re used to.

Wainscoting in cozy kitchen nook painted Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige with bench seating and chairs around a rounded wood table.
SW Accessible Beige via Hayley on Instagram

Is Accessible Beige Warm or Cool?

Accessible Beige is a warm greige paint color. Even though it does have grey undertones, that slight hint of green helps it lean toward the warmer side without being too warm.

What Are the Undertones of Accessible Beige?

SW Accessible Beige is a greige paint color, meaning it has both beige and gray undertones. In this instance, it also has a slight green undertone.

What is the LRV of Accessible Beige?

Light reflectance value (LRV) is an indicator of the amount of light that is reflected by a color when illuminated from a light source. A higher value (closer to 100) means that a color will reflect more light back at you and a lower value (closer to 0) means that a color will appear darker (or in other terms absorb more light). Pure white has a value of 100, whereas pure black is 0.

Accessible Beige has an LRV of 58. This makes it a lighter shade, but definitely on the darker side of the lighter colors in terms of LRV.

built-in cabinets painted Accessible Beige with a view to a bathroom
SW Accessible Beige (Ikea Closet Hack) via Stefana Silber

Where to Use Accessible Beige

This neutral greige paint color works well in rooms with a lot of natural light and definitely lives up to being one of Sherwin Williams’ most popular colors.

It can be used in a living room, dining room, and kitchen as well as for woodwork, trim, and cabinets.

It’s a great choice when choosing a neutral color palette for your home to create a clean, modern feel. I especially think Accessible Beige would work nicely with those beautiful dark hardwood floors in your home.

So, whether you’re deciding on the right paint color for your new house, updating your family room, or adding a bit of trim detail to your dining room, Accessible Beige just might be the perfect color.

When Not to Use Accessible Beige

If you have a lot of cool tones like blues and grays, warm tans or brighter colors, they will not sit well with Accessible Beige. Accessible Beige works well with similarly toned earthy neutrals, with a slight green undertone.

How Exposure Affects Accessible Beige

North-facing rooms and east-facing rooms: A north-facing room will have a gray cast throughout the day. East-facing rooms get morning light, but then have this same gray cast later in the day.

In these rooms, Accessible Beige will lean more into its gray undertone. However, its warm undertone will stop it from ever looking too cool.

West and south-facing rooms: These rooms get warm sunlight which will bring out the warmth in Accessible Beige, and wash it out slightly. It’s actually a good choice for a west-facing room that will feel cold in the mornings but then warms up nicely in the afternoon.

What Colors Go With SW Accessible Beige?

Accessible Beige is fussy when it comes to the paint colors that it is paired well. It prefers warm whites (but not too warm), and colors with a warm, green undertone.

Here’s a sample color palette with coordinating colors for Accessible Beige:

  • SW Pure White (for trim)
  • SW Aesthetic White
  • SW Amazing Gray
  • SW Silver Strand
  • SW Serious Gray
  • SW Cityscape
  • SW Dovetail
accessible beige whole house color palette

Similar Colors

If Accessible Beige is not quite right for you, here’s some similar colors that you may like better:

  • Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray
  • Sherwin Williams Pavilion Beige
  • Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
  • Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray
  • Sherwin Williams Alphano Beige
  • Sherwin Williams Diverse Beige
  • Sherwin Williams Realist Beige

Accessible Beige vs BM Revere Pewter

Both Accessible Beige and Revere Pewter (Benjamin Moore) have green undertones. However, looking at the side-by-side comparison of the two colors below, you can clearly see that Accessible Beige definitely leans warmer than Revere Pewter which is a slightly cooler shade.

SW Accessible Beige versus Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter side by side color comparison

Of course, this should all be compared in relation to the textiles and colors of the room you are planning on painting. When deciding on the right color, remember, Accessible Beige tends to enjoy being paired with more earthy warm tones whilst Revere Pewter tends to favor being paired with cooler gray tones.

What Trim Colors Will Work Best With Accessible Beige?

When dealing with warm gray paint colors, it’s best to err on the side of a slightly warm white, too. Taking a warm color and pairing it with a cold white can cause unwanted undertones to become more apparent.

I particularly like Accessible Beige paired alongside Sherwin Williams Pure White, which is my go-to white because it’s pretty neutral with the tiniest touch of warmth, meaning it actually works pretty well with all colors. If you want to go warmer, then SW Alabaster is about as warm as you can go (but it wouldn’t be my first choice!).

If you’re looking for a brighter, cleaner white then SW High Reflective White is a great choice.

Can You Use Accessible Beige for Trim?

Yes! Accessible Beige is a great option as a trim color when paired with warm white walls. The contrast trim look is still very popular and is a trend I don’t see going away any time soon.

Trim painted with accessible beige
Accessible Beige trim and doors via Jenna Sue Design Co.

Don’t Forget To Always Use Real Paint Samples!

Don’t forget – no matter what you’ve read or photos you’ve seen online, it’s really important to sample paint colors in your home before committing!

Samplize provides peel and stick paint samples made with real paint, that are easy to move around your home, and cheaper than buying a gazillion paint pots! It’s the only way I buy paint samples.

Final Thoughts

Accessible Beige won’t look great in every room – if you have an aversion for that slight undertone green it may be worth staying clear.

It is however a wonderful earth tone and works well in a space where it can stay within this family. Pairing it with warm tones of wood and cream/brown textiles will bring out the true beauty of this paint color.

I personally think it’s a wonderful shade if you are looking for a beige that is both modern and versatile – but like I always recommend, it is extremely important to first try a swatch to make sure it pairs well with your furnishings and other finishings. 

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