Beige is a light, pale brown color that is a grayish shade of tan. The word "beige" is French and is used to describe the color of natural wool.
The word "beige" was first used to describe a color in 1877 in France in Edmon de Goncourt's novel "La Fille Elisa." The word came into use in the English language about a decade later.
Beige is a popular color for paint. It's beloved among homeowners and decorators for its neutral color tone that blends in nicely with nearly any decorative scheme. It's wildly popular for carpet, drapes and furniture, too.