All the details about one of my favorite exterior paint colors, Sherwin Williams Realist Beige.

realist beige exterior

Beige is defined as a pale sandy yellow-brown color and means “natural wool” that hasn’t been bleached our dyed.  Naturally, that’s just what this color reflects.

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realist beige porch

Realist Beige is warmer and richer than a cream or off white. It’s a classic neutral that is warm, versatile and all around agreeable.

neutral porch

We used Realist Beige for our exterior which receives a lot of Spring, Summer and Fall light. As the sun goes down, the color dramatically changes on the garage which is East facing and accurately reflects the color on the color card. 

North and South facing sides read much lighter, especially in daylight. In fact, readers often mistake our deck for a “white” deck.

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It works really well for a surface because it’s a neutral paint color with a slightly “dusty” hue which helps disguise dirt.

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realist beige paint

Spaces Sherwin Williams Realist Beige is the best fit for:

  • exterior
  • deck
  • suitable for interior rooms that receive natural light or that you want to feel warm and cozy
realist beige trim

How Sherwin Realist Beige Feels:

  • day – soft and light
  • evening – soft, warm and neutral
realist beige garage doors

Realist Beige Undertones:

  • it’s a warmer beige with dusty red undertone

Styles Sherwin Williams Everyday White Fits:

  • traditional
  • country
  • modern

Paint Color to Pair Realist Beige With:

Sherwin Williams Everyday White offers a really nice contrast.

sherwin williams everyday white exterior with realist beige

What Trim Color to Use with Realist Beige:

Untinted white or tone on tone (same color, just use a higher sheen for trim) or a hint of a soft cream.

It is Similar to:

Popular Gray and Accessible Beige.

What is the LRV of Realist Beige?

You may be asking what is LRV! LRV is an acronym for Light Reflectance Value. It measures the percentage of amount light a paint color reflects, which is something I look for in all of my interior paint colors in particular to prevent our home from feeling dark. 

It has a LRV of 59 (100 being the highest, black being 0). A median amount of reflection offers a lot of warmth without making the space feel dark.

More Details for Realist Beige SW 6078:

  • R: 211 G: 200 B: 189
  • Hex Value: #d3c8bd

A few tips to see if it’s the right paint color for you:

  • Get a sample.
  • Try it on two walls in the room or exterior that face different directions.
  • Look at it various times during the day to see how it reads in various lighting situations.
  • Test it with your trim color.

Painting indoors? You can learn about choosing Ceiling Paint and Trim Paint.

You can find all of our paint colors here and keep track of all of yours here. If you use any of them, please return to share your thoughts!

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  1. Hi- we want to stain our deck, and the original color we chose we didn’t like (banyan brown) I found your deck stain blog and decided to do 180 degree change! I wonder if you had any thoughts about realist beige vs alabaster tinted stain for our deck. In our house we have accessible beige on walls, but alabaster for trim and kitchen. Curious if you had any thoughts.

  2. If I paint the exterior Realist Beige, what do you suggest for a front door and trim color? I like your garage color. I do have a soft warm stone accent near the front door. Have bronze outdoor lanterns too. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  3. Hello! Thank you for this post! We are looking for the right color of white for our deck! Our house is pacific blue with white trim, do you think this reveal white would look good or should we go with a lighter white?