I’m starting up a series on my Facebook Fan page. Many of you who have read my eBook have emailed me asking for more lessons on seeing undertones.
That eBook is coming but it’s hard because I can’t use any old image (I have to own it) and I can’t exactly email a designer or homeowner and say “Hey can I use your image as an example of what not to do?” Also, I can’t do that here on my blog either. That would not be fun (for everyone).
If you’ve moved into a house though and have a great image – email it to me ASAP!
Anyway, it’s way harder to create from nothing than it is to criticize and I would never want to have a blog that did that.
I do show images of what doesn’t work in my True Colour Expert Workshops of course, along with hands-on exercises using fabrics, countertops, flooring, etc. !
Pink-beige area rug, blue-gray everything else Pinterest
So every day I’m going to post an image on my Facebook Fan page and simply describe the undertones in the photo (just like this one above). I’m not going to judge them, that’s not what this is about. This is for you to start training your eye so you can start to see what others can’t see when you walk into a room.
One of the reasons this will be so great, is because undertones, especially in neutrals are almost like an illusion. Unless your eye is trained, you can look at a sofa or a piece of tile and not be able to distinguish which undertone it is, however, as soon as I tell you what it is, you can see it immediately.
Have you ever seen this illusion? Look closely, it’s a drawing of a young woman and simultaneously an old woman. Once you see them both, it’s so obvious.
Undertones are the same way. But it doesn’t happen overnight.
If you’ve read my eBook, read it again, it will be a great primer to start! This way, when I say ‘This is taupe or that’s a green-gray’, you will know exactly which colours I’m talking about.
Here’s the bottom line tip: You should have no more than two beige or gray undertones in any space. It’s okay if you have more than that in fixed finishes like tile, granite or fabric for example, but when you repeat the colours from that inspiration piece, using more than two neutral undertones is usually too much.
Not like this rule cannot be broken, it’s just that most of the time, it’s a good guideline to follow.
Green + Blue + Orange Tobi Fairley
It’s kind of like the ‘rule of three’ (example above) that you’ve may have heard when decorating with colour in a room. Three is usually the maximum number of colours you should use before the room starts looking messy or too bohemian.
Here’s an email I received from a reader who recently purchased my eBook:
“I think your work is the most important missing piece in most design. I’m so delighted to have found you, and truly want to take your seminar in the not too distant future. I love the use of color, and it is an incredibly intricate thing. I thought I had a “good eye” for color, but after redoing my own home, I’ve found some mistakes that bother me.Your work is the key to understanding why/what is wrong and how I can fix it. It also will help me prevent mistakes with others. It’s invaluable, and thank you for offering it. I’m very excited to learn it, and I want to absorb all of it and be good at it RIGHT NOW – the learning curve that is slowing me down is the part I hate!” Robin Mayfield
And you don’t need to own the book in order to follow along and see if you can start to learn to see what others don’t see! Don’t forget to click here and join me for 37 Days of Learning Undertones! See you on Facebook.