For the last year Kilim Beige has been the reigning queen of the entire beige family. The most popular color of the year and the beige color that was purchased the most frequently.
Now that’s a lot of weight resting on poor little Kilim beige’s shoulders.
Over the last month and a half (since 2016 began) several readers have commented on my 2015 popular color post asking whether Kilim Beige is in… or out.
Well the jury’s undecided… I’ve heard countless discussions on how Kilim beige is soooo out. I’ve also heard customers (remember I work at the home of Kilim Beige… Sherwin Williams) rave about how it’s the ultimate color!
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Don’t worry y’all I’ve done the research… and here are the results!
I spent a couple minutes (ok I thought it would be a couple minutes but this took forever!) looking at the store records. In the past month and a half my store alone has sold a hundred-bajillion-million gallons of paint. 😉
Out of all those gallons I looked at the neutrals. I pulled records for the beige’s, the whites, the greys and the blacks. I looked at how many people had purchased gallons of each color and here’s how they stacked up!
1. Dover White
sw6385 – location 261-c2
When Dover White popped up as the most sold paint color I thought it might be skewed data. (Listen to me! I sound so technical!) I wondered if it was truly being used for wall paint or if it was popping up because people had purchased it for a trim color.
Not a single gallon was trim paint! In the last month and a half 16 different accounts purchased gallons of dover white! That’s crazy.
2. Kilim Beige
sw6106 – location 204-c1
Our reigning champ pulled in as our runner up. The second spot isn’t bad… it’s still the most popular of the beige family. While kilim is still our go to beige color it looks like customers are starting to move towards a cleaner white look with dover… as opposed to the saturated beige tones of kilim. As opposed to the 16 customers who purchased dover a whopping 10 picked up gallons of kilim.
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3. Tricorn Black
sw 6258 – location 251-c1
Now if you want to talk about a shocker then take a look at Tricorn BLACK which made it’s way all the way up to the third spot! Tricorn Black is our truest black (so it doesn’t lean towards the blue family, or the red family…. you get the idea! It’s pure black!).
With the weather heating up I’ve sold countless gallons of this baby… as outdoor fence paint. This Saturday alone I made 29 gallons of Tricorn Black fence paint for three different customers! We ran out of the stuff and had to special order 45 gallons for next week. Who knew?
4. Pearly White
sw 7009 – location 254-c2
Pearly White is our number four… and unlike Dover White it is a true trim paint. With a small amount of tint it isn’t a clean white but it isn’t a true off-white (like Antique White). 7 customers picked this baby up since the beginning of 2016.
sw 6108 – location 204-c3
Latte is Kilim’s older brother… literally. Two spaces down on the color chip Latte is a mid tone whereas Kilim is a lighter neutral. However, only 6 customers have purchased Latte as opposed to the 10 who picked up Kilim Beige.
Does that make Kilim the younger prettier sister while Latte is the smarter, more responsible older sibling? I’m having way to much fun with this analogy!
sw 7008 – location 255-c2
Alabaster is actually the color of the year! I don’t really understand since it’s so white… how can a non-color be the color of the year? Either way I’ve seen it used on plenty of ceilings to avoid the stark white look (it’s not quite Extra White but it still reads as a clean white so it’s great for trim and ceilings!).
Of course I’ve seen Alabaster the most on cabinets… it’s gorgeous for the all white cabinetry look that’s so popular! It’s a 6 on the number of people who bought this paint scale.
sw 6386 – location 139-c1
Very similar to Kilim Beige, Napery is just a tidge more yellow. Several of the apartment buildings in our area use this color so we make quite a few gallons! Either way 5 customers bought Napery this year. All six weeks of it!
sw 7012 – location 261-c3
sw 6142 – location 206-c2
10. Antique White
sw 6119 – location 263-c6
11. Essential Gray
sw 6002 – location 240-c2
sw 6127 – location 140-c1
13. White Duck
sw 7010 – location 254-c5
So there you have it… Kilim Beige is still the reigning queen of all the Beige’s! Of course whites are creeping up as the most popular neutral… but that doesn’t surprise me with all of the beautiful photos of white rooms popping up on Pinterest. The most surprising part (for me) was the lack of gray’s. Gray has become quite the popular neutral (I use it in so much of my decorating!) and we sell plenty of gallons each week at work. I’ll have to do this little experiment again in a couple months and see how the colors are stacking up at the 6 month mark!
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