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Sherwin Williams Tony Taupe SW 7038 – The Ultimate Queen of Taupes

 sw tony taupe review

Great cousins of beiges and greiges, taupes are relatively new and undoubtedly, one of the trendiest in the interior design market today.

They are mainly dark gray, brown colors that have a slighter bold and dim appearance on the walls.

So, if you really are in favor of using taupes in your home, let me introduce you to one you could call the Queen – Sherwin Williams Tony Taupe.

It is one of the upcoming and most popular beige/taupe paint colors by the manufacturer.

It tends to exhibit a smooth and warm texture yet dark and daring in some cases.

But most of the time if used carefully, it will look absolutely beautiful and gorgeous!

I must say, this color is not easy to deal with – there should be some experimentations here and there before finally picking this paint!

Don’t worry!

I am going to reveal all the associated secrets to ensure if you should really use this paint in your living spaces or not!

Mainly due to its dark and bold character, the color tends to alter its looks – but not if used strategically!

So, sit back and relax!

In no time – you will be a Tony Taupe pro.

Sherwin Williams Tony Taupe SW 7038 Details and Specifications

tony taupe info

Before you pick this queen taupe, it is important to know the underlying theory and specifications.

Mainly, what the color is truly made of, its undertones, and how reflective it is! Without knowing these – you might end up messing up with your space, and you wouldn’t want that right?

Hence, know that every color is different – even though they appear ‘similar’!

So, first and foremost, you must acquaint with the concept of Light Reflectance Values or the LRVs.

This value helps in determining how light or dark the paint is. 

(And just in case if you are looking to find this value – well, simply look at the back of the paint swatch)!

Here, the LRV of Sherwin Williams Tony Taupe is 37 – making it fall on the darker end of the scale!

One GREAT way to test a paint color to see what it’ll do in your own home, is to order a sample from Samplize. You can pick one up for Tony Taupe!

tony taupe LRV

Secondly, it is important to get acquainted with the RGB and HEX Values – which are as follows!

Red = 177

Green = 162

Blue = 144

HEX Value = #b1a290

Now that we have read through the color details and specifications, let’s get hands’ on some of the practical aspects and applications of this beige/taupe paint color. 

How Does this Color Feel in a Space?

Tony Taupe makes your space feel ‘weighted down’, dark, enclosed, and bold!

You are quite likely to feel extremely warm and at the same time, confused if there is plenty of taupe on your walls!

(And that is why I mentioned that you need to be extra careful around using this paint in your home)

I recommend using this paint only in the colder regions where the warmth of the paint can neutralize the cool incoming vibes from the climate.

Furthermore, you should only use this color in spaces that are large enough to accommodate the depth of the paint!

And most importantly, it is a definite no-no for smaller or even medium-sized rooms!

How Does Light Affect the Color?

Well, it is true that light can play some role in this paint color – but only up to some extent!

So, firstly, you must look around and observe if your room receives plenty of natural light and is large enough!

If yes, then definitely go for this color!

Otherwise, try to avoid it in rooms that are deprived of light and ample size!

Furthermore, it is a plus point if you incorporate this paint in spaces that are at least double-height!

Talking about compass directions, you should try using this paint in only the north-facing rooms! 

A pro tip: Avoid south, west, and east-facing rooms!

Like I said, the best way to see this color in action before you paint is to buy some paint samples you can easily stick on your wall. It’ll definitely give you some clarity if you’re unsure!

What are the Best Coordinating Colors?

SW tony taupe coordinated Color Deck

Choosing the best complimentary colors for this darker taupe is quite a challenge!

However, you still need to understand and consider the true hue and complement the best paint colors as per the reflectivity and undertones. 

And especially for a challenging color like this, choosing a color palette becomes one of the favorite tasks!

In this case, I would recommend choosing either a monochromatic or a contrasting color palette – depending upon the interior design style.

So, if you are looking for a monochromatic palette (or warm minimalism), I would recommend the following colors:

  1. SW 7036 Accessible Beige
  2. SW 7037 Balanced Beige
  3. SW 9174 Moth Wing

sw tony taupe single color deck

On the other hand, if you are looking for a contrasting theme, I would highly recommend incorporating lighter greys, lighter blues, natural greens, and whites. 

You can also use mustard yellow as an accent!

So, to enlist a palette, I would recommend the following paint colors:

  1. SW 9166 Drift of Mist
  2. SW 6120 Believable Buff
  3. SW 9054 Little Boy Blu

tony taupe coordination

In the case of ceilings, trims, and moldings – I would recommend using SW High Reflectance White to balance the warmth with a slightly crisper look. 

SW Tony Taupe Vs Similar Colors

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There are quite some similar colors associated with this taupe.

Even if they look similar, note that they may either differ in reflectivity or the undertones!

So, the two closely related examples are SW 7505 Stone Lion and SW 9612 Perfect Khaki.

Tony Taupe Vs Stone Lion

tony taupe vs stone lion

Comparatively lighter than Tony Taupe, Stone Lion has an LRV of 38 – making it fall on the very dark end of the scale.

It has deep red undertones – thus, exhibiting a very warm texture all day long!

However, you can use it as accent!

Grab some stick-on samples of both these colors here to see how the color will look in your living spaces.

Tony Taupe Vs Perfect Khaki

tony taupe vs perfect khaki

An ‘interior only’ paint alternative, you can absolutely use it in your home as far as you pair it with lighter beiges and whites!

This color has an LRV of 38 – hence, remember to be careful around the amount of paint you intend to use in your space.

Get a stick-on sample sheet for both of these colors to test in your home.

Where to Use Tony Taupe?

Tony taupe is a great paint color option for your home – only if size and lighting conditions allow!

So, in case if your space isn’t blessed with those factors – should you still use the paint?

Well, why not?

Here I am going to disclose some tips and tricks to use the paint in even the smallest spaces!

So, firstly, this color can be used in traditional, transitional, and glam-styled interior design homes!

For contemporary designs, use it as an accent with darker tones!

Let’s discuss how to incorporate this paint color in your home!

Tony Taupe in Living and Dining Rooms

If you want a warm and cozy experience in the living spaces – you can incorporate this taupe!

It is dark and bold – and that is why you should use it only as an accent!

SW tony taupe single paint chip

Well, maybe on the focal accent wall – or in some cases, as an accent on the wall paneling!

You can also use lighter beiges on walls and let the furniture upholstery shine in this beautiful paint color.

In the case of renovation and refurbishment, try replacing the hardwood floors with something lighter-hued like wall-to-wall carpeting and porcelain beige tiles to feel airier and lighter!

For the fireplace wall, use white exposed brick to create a striking contrast!

Using in Kitchens

You can paint your kitchen cabinets in this paint color (only if the kitchen has a good amount of space), else it will make your space feel congested!

Or else, you can also paint the backdrop wall in this paint – and let the cabinetry systems in SW Pure White!

Furthermore, you can pair stainless steel silver on the fixtures and pull handles to neutralize the darkness!

Last but not the least, use a white countertop and white backsplash tiles – could be veined or even patterned!

Tony Taupe in Bedrooms

Your bedrooms deserve tranquility and peace!

And that is why you should only use this on the headboard wall or the focal accent wall!

Try pairing it with lighter-toned beiges and white bed covers and duvets!

You can also add a tinge of gray through the rugs and sheer curtains!

Using on Exteriors

This paint color is a great alternative for exteriors. Although it is going to look much lighter and warmer than it is!

You can pair it with either grey or white trims, moldings, and door and window frames. 

Natural stone wainscotting is a win-win situation!

For Spanish-styled Southern homes and Mid-Century Modern style, this color is definitely going to look majestic!

It somehow will appear brownish and yellowish outdoors due to extreme natural daylight – but don’t worry! 

Just pair it will cooler whites and neutrals on the door and window frames.

What’s the Best Way to Sample This Color?

So now my favorite tip when it comes to testing out a versatile color like Tony Taupe – go and order a peel-and-stick sample from Samplize.

They’ve created an awesome way to sample colors with real paint, but no mess. Simply stick on your paint sample instead of having to get a test can of actual wet paint.

For only a few dollars you get a good sized square to throw up temporarily anywhere you want to “try” on your color, other similar colors, and any possible coordinating hues you like. It’s great!

So, how do you want to use this color in your homes? Interiors or Exteriors? Now that you have all the secrets – are you excited about painting your home in Tony Taupe? Should there be any questions or thoughts, let me know in the comments below as I would love to hear from you!

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