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Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent say this one single color will never fall out of style

'Ageless' is not a word to be used lightly – but the designers agree: that this hue will stand the test of time

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent
(Image credit: Courtesy of Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent / Behr Paint)

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent are design forces in their own right, but together, their influence is hard to match. So, when they share paint advice, we take note. 

The hosts of TLC's Nate & Jeremiah by Design sat down with H&G to discuss all things color-related – following their partnership with Cali-based paint powerhouse Behr. Their collection centers around neutrals – the hues set to shape color trends in the year ahead (Behr named Blank Canvas (opens in new tab) their Color of the Year for 2023, after all). 

The 'trend' label sometimes feels unfair – with the suggestion that admiration for these tones is somewhat fleeting. However, Nate and Jeremiah explain that all neutrals will struggle to fall out of fashion – and one color, in particular, is sure to stand the test of time.

'Beige is so timeless, which is why we chose Even better Beige as one of the room colors,' Nate says when asked to choose his single most versatile color. 'It can be paired with almost anything and will always look handsome.'

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Neutral

(Image credit: Behr)

Nate is certainly not alone in his argument. Jeremiah, too, says that a warm neutral, such as the aforementioned beige, is 'the most timeless color' – labeling it as 'the perfect canvas for design for any design aesthetic.'

So, there is no denying that decorating with beige is one of the safest (but nonetheless most fashionable design decisions you can make. But what makes it so ageless? For Nate, its versatility comes out on top.

'What I love about neutrals is that they provide the perfect backdrop to then make the room what you want it to be,' he says. 

'Whether that’s bringing in a certain design style or color scheme, a neutral palette literally provides a blank canvas [Behr’s 2023 color of the year]. I’m not the hugest fan of bright paint colors or accent walls; rather, experiment by painting niches, like shelving.'

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

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If you're looking for a paint idea worth the investment, Nate, and Jeremiah suggest beige is the way to go. However, looking for something timeless doesn't mean you need to neglect the shades that will be in vogue in the following year. And with beige, you don't have to. 

Lick's (opens in new tab) Studio team predicts beige will be one of the biggest hues of 2023 after suggesting that people are looking to 'reconnect with nature' in the months ahead. They label beige as the 'color of the earth and wood,' adding that it is a solid and dependable hue that is completely cocooning. 'Its warming yellow tones will envelop and comfort you while connecting you to the outdoors from the safety of your home,' they add. 

We recommend pairing beige paint colors with lashings of texture in the form of fabrics, wood, and stone to add physical comfort and visual interest to a space.

You can discover more about Nate and Jerimiah's Designer Collection (opens in new tab) palette (including more timeless shades) via Behr. 

Megan Slack
News Editor

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.