Based on the trends for 2022, designers are moving away from gray paint colors and focusing more on brown, beige, or “greige” paint colors. Accessible Beige and Agreeable gray are some of the most popular paint colors. Let’s compare the two to find the best for your home.
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The simplest way to state the difference between Accessible Beige and Agreeable Gray is that Agreeable Gray is a lighter, cooler color and Accessible Beige is a warmer color: a beige as the name states. They can both fall into the “greige” category also.
Which is better?? Well, that really depends on your taste and the design direction of your space.
What is Greige?
Greige is exactly what you think it is, a color mixed from gray and beige. These paint colors have variations depending on the ratio of gray and beige.
There are lighter, cool greige colors such as Agreeable Gray, and then there are warm greige colors such as Accessible Beige.
Accessible Beige vs Agreeable Gray
Diving right in, let’s take a look at these colors individually and then side by side.
Here is my favorite of the two, Accessible Beige (SW 7036).
Accessible Beige is a much warmer color that I think would make a space instantly really cozy! I have a similar beige color in my office.
Here is a picture of Agreeable Gray (SW 7029).
Agreeable Gray is cooler and lighter color that makes it a good choice when going for a clean, more modern look.
Accessible Beige vs Agreeable Gray Undertones
Accessible Beige has some green and gray undertones. It’s surprising that it doesn’t have more yellow undertones since it is a beige, but is lacking the yellow and pink undertones of other beige colors.
Accessible Beige is really quite a neutral color that looks great in rooms with natural light.
Agreeable Gray is a true greige color. It has undertones of both gray and beige with a little yellow unlike Accessible Beige. In some lights, I think it can take slightly pink hue or blue hue.
I remember my mother in law loved Agreeable Gray in a friend’s house, but in her kitchen it looked “too blue.”
It’s really important to test the color in your own home and look at the color in different lights at different times of day. You can order peel and stick sample colors when deciding.
Accessible Beige vs Agreeable Gray LRV
LRV is a color’s Light Reflectance Value. The LRV measures how much light the color can reflect. A scale is used from 0-100.
True Black has an LRV of 0, meaning no light reflection. Pure White has an LRV of 100, meaning light reflects very well.
Since no paint is a pure white or a true black, the scale is more from 3-93.
Accessible Beige has an LRV of 58.
Agreeable Gray has an LRV of 60.
Coordinating Colors: Accessible Beige vs Agreeable Gray
Sherwin Williams is very helpful at providing coordinating colors for its paint colors. Accessible Beige and Agreeable Gray are on their Top Colors under the color tab on their website, so its easy to find, but I also list them for you here:
For Accessible Beige it recommends Sanderling (SW 7513), Cadet (SW 9143), and Aesthetic White (SW 7035).
For Agreeable Gray it recommends Extra White (SW 7006), Coral Rose (SW 9004), and Incredible White (SW 7028).
I want to leave you with some more colors that I personally have seen pair well with each color. Accessible Beige looks beautiful against a range of white colors, but I have seen it look so nice with Alabaster White (SW 7008) and Pure White (SW 7005).
Sherwin Williams Pure White with Accessible Beige
This is my friend Hannah’s Bathroom. She paired Pure White with Accessible Beige in a two toned wall situation.
The Pure White above the Accessible Beige on the board and batten make this bathroom a neutral, cozy, and relaxing space.
Other Popular Coordinating Colors for Accessible Beige
Some other popular paint colors that pair well with Accessible Beige are Sea Salt (SW 6024), Top Sail (SW 6217), Urban Bronze (SW 7048), Naval (SW 6244), and Greek Villa (SW 7551).
Don’t they look so nice together side by side?
Sherwin Williams Snowbound with Agreeable Gray
Agreeable Gray on the walls next to Snowbound (SW 7004) on the trim looks so clean and fresh.
Sherwin Williams Dovetail Gray with Agreeable Gray
Despite the names, neither Agreeable Gray or Dovetail Gray (SW 7016) are really “gray.” Dovetail Gray is a darker color with taupe undertones. Having similar undertones makes these colors very complimentary.
Other Popular Coordinating Colors for Agreeable Gray
Some other popular colors that pair well with Agreeable Gray are Brainstorm Bronze (SW 7033), Oyster Bay (SW 6206), and Riverway (SW 6222).
Trim Colors for Accessible Beige vs Agreeable Gray
I have kind of already touched on this, but I want to pull it out here in its own heading for easy search.
Many different whites will look very nice with Accessible Beige and Agreeable Gray, but here are some of the most popular:
- Pure White
- Aesthetic White
- Extra White
Accessible Beige and Agreeable Gray would both look great on trim as well. Pair them any of these whites as the wall color.
Lighter versions for Accessible Beige and Agreeable Gray
Another popular question in regards to Accessible Beige vs Agreeable Gray is not coordinating colors, but similar or lighter versions.
Modern Gray (SW 7632) and Natural Linen (SW 9109) are good options if you are looking for a lighter version of Accessible Beige. Modern Gray has similar LRV and can really brighten your space. Natural Linen has the same proportions of RGB and looks lovely with the coordinating trim colors listed above. I have Modern Gray in my home as well.
Wish by Benjamin Moore and Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore are colors to try if you are looking for a lighter version of Agreeable Gray.
Accessible Beige vs Agreeable Gray Equivalents in Other Popluar Brands
A very popular question that is also asked about Accessible Beige and Agreeable Gray is a close match to another paint company such as Behr or Benjamin Moore.
You can get color matches done across different paint brands, but beware it is not going to be 100% a match.
Benjamin Moore Equivalent
Revere Pewter is a warm greige color that is a close match to Accessible Beige, but still very different.
They have a similar LRV and many of the same undertones, but Revere Pewter also has purple undertones unlike Accessible Beige which can make it look cooler in color.
Edgecomb Gray is a similar to Agreeable Gray. They are both members of the greige family with green undertones. I would say that Edgecomb Gray is a little lighter yet warmer that Agreeable Gray, but a close match.
The closest equivalent to Accessible Beige in Behr paint colors is called Aged Beige. Aged Beige has some of the same green undertones that also keep it from being a too-yellow beige like Accessible Beige, but is a touch darker.
The closes equivalent to Agreeable Gray in Behr paint colors is called Toasty Gray. Toasty Gray another greige color with similar undertones, but I would say it is warmer than Agreeable Gray with some green undertones as well.
Where Can I use Accessible Beige and Agreeable Gray?
I am a rebel when it comes to paint colors. If you like a color, I say use it wherever you want to. Here are some examples:
For a living room with Agreeable Gray, check out it all started with paint’s living room makeover.
You can definitely use Accessible Beige vs Agreeable gray in other spaces such as Kitchens and Bedrooms.
My final thoughts are Accessible Beige vs Agreeable Gray are very similar and both very beautiful.
This blog post has a TON of information to help you see Accessible Beige and Agreeable Gray in different lights and different spaces, comparing to different and similar colors. The best way to choose between the two paint colors is to take all of this information and see what will fit best in your home.
Do you want a cozy, warm feel or a cleaner, more modern look? Both Accessible Beige and Agreeable Gray are both still TOP colors for Sherwin Williams in 2022, and I don’t see their popularity waining anytime soon.
But the best thing is that it’s JUST PAINT! If you don’t like it after a while, its easy to change. Get some samples and see which one fits your family the best.