Behr Elusive Dawn

Behr Elusive Dawn MQ2-36 paint color review

Let’s dive into a full Elusive Dawn paint color review. Take a look at pictures of real interiors and exteriors painted with beautiful MQ2-36. Find out if this gorgeous warm beige paint color would look great on your living room walls or trims, kitchen cabinet, bedroom accent wall, bathroom or house exterior.

Color code:MQ2-36
Color name:Elusive Dawn

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LRV of Elusive Dawn

Elusive Dawn MQ2-36 has an LRV of 54.86% and refers to Light Medium colors that reflect half of the incident light

Color paint LRV values

Light Reflectance Value measures the amount of visible and usable light that reflects from a painted surface.
Simply put, the higher LRV of paint color, the brighter room you will get.
Scale goes from 0% (absolute black, absorbing all light) to 100% (pure white, reflecting 100% of all light).

Act like a pro: Choosing paint with LRV of 54.86% be attentive to your bulbs light Brightness.Light Brightness – measured in lumens. The lower LRV of paint you have, the higher lumen level you need. Every square feet of room needs at least 40 lumens. That means for a 200 square feet living room you’ll need 8000 lumens of light. To achieve that brightness, you would require a total of 8 bulbs, 1000lm each.

What are Behr Elusive Dawn undertones?

Red is Behr Elusive Dawn undertone color, as you can clearly see on the color field below. To determine this undertone we’ve removed all the tints, tones, shades and get HUE (pure color). Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate


HEX value

HEX value:


RGB code:

213, 191, 173

Is Behr Elusive Dawn MQ2-36 cool or warm?

warm colors
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cool colors

With a hue of 27° this Beige refers warm paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

MQ2-36 Elusive Dawn HSL code: 27, 32%, 76%

Hue - degree on a color wheel from 0 to 360. 0 is red, 120 is green, and 240 is blue.
Saturation is a percentage value. 0% is a shade of grey, and 100% is the full color.
Lightness is also a percentage value. 0% is black, and 100% is white.

  • Warm Beige will make even large rooms feel cozy and intimate
  • Warm Pink undertones tend to make you feel happy, energized and playful
  • Warm paint colors are ideal for kitchens, living rooms or bathrooms
  • Warmer hues make larger spaces feel more inviting

Act like a pro: Mixing warm and cool shades is a must have to get harmonius interior. Add accents that contrast with the primary color to create visual balance. If your walls are a warm color, don’t forget to add accent in cold colors (furniture, art, décor). A good practice is too use a complementary color scheme.

Coordinating colors.
Colors that go with Behr Elusive Dawn:

Monochromatic color scheme

Monochromatic color scheme

This scheme consists of different shades, tints, and tones of a single color. It's the perfect hue combination, but with no accent decor it's pretty boring.

Lighter shades

Darker shades

Complementary color scheme

Complementary color scheme

This color scheme is a combination of two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. The high contrast between these colors creates a vibrant and dynamic visual effect.

Color comparison

Elusive Dawn MQ2-36 vs Khaki Shade YL-W11

Behr Elusive Dawn MQ2-36 vs Behr Khaki Shade YL-W11Open Elusive Dawn MQ2-36
LRV: 54.86%
Light Medium color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 56.81%
Light color
Temperature: warm

Elusive Dawn MQ2-36 vs Nantucket Dune SW 7527

Behr Elusive Dawn MQ2-36 vs Sherwin Williams Nantucket Dune SW 7527Open Elusive Dawn MQ2-36
LRV: 54.86%
Light Medium color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 53.58%
Light Medium color
Temperature: warm

Color codes

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HEX#d5bfadcopy color code
RGB Decimal213, 191, 173copy color code
RGB Percent83.53%, 74.90%, 67.84%copy color code
HSVHue: 27° Saturation: 18.78% Value: 83.53%copy color code
HSLhsl(27, 32, 76)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 0.0 Magenta: 10.33 Yellow: 18.78 Key: 16.47copy color code
YIQY: 195.526 I: 18.894 Q: -0.948copy color code
XYZX: 53.613 Y: 54.426 Z: 47.205copy color code
CIE LabL:78.71 a:4.894 b:11.923copy color code
CIE LuvL:78.71 u:14.479 v:16.241copy color code
Decimal14008237copy color code
Hunter lab73.774, 0.616, 13.705copy color code