Taupe is probably the most mysterious and complicated paint colors to work with. The reason is, taupe can easily go rosey or green on you. If you don’t understand where the base of the taupe is, you can make a disastrous mistake.
The first place to begin when choose a taupe paint color is determine if you are you looking for a warmer taupe (more rose toned) or a cooler taupe (more green toned). The way to know if your taupe will turn out warmer or cooler is to put two taupe paint chips side by side.
For example; place Benjamin Moore Inner Balance next to Benjamin Moore Smokey Taupe. You will quickly see the obvious contrast between the green and red (Inner Balance being more green, while Smokey Taupe will be more rose).
The reason is green and red are complimentary colors on the color wheel, i.e., they are opposite each other and contrasting colors magnify each other!
So before you choose a taupe paint color, be mindful of which tone you are choosing from.
One of my favorite Taupe Paint Colors for exteriors is Benjamin Moore HC-25 quincy tan. It looks fabulous with a crisp white trim and even a creamier trim. Try a bright colored front door such as Benjamin Moore honeywheat or Benjamin Moore tawny port.
Note: Colors shown in monitors are duller than real life.