There are 9 neutral undertones in the world. Do you know what they are? I’ll help you visualize them here in this post with an example of how they can be helpful when trying to find the right coordinating shower curtain colour to match (or hide) your bathroom tile.
I’ve been thinking about my bathrooms lately and how un-renovated and dated they become. (You can see all my renovated bathrooms here)
Except for this: I have always loved taking baths but the tub in our master is too big and takes more than one hot water tank to fill and the one in my main bathroom is an ugly pink beige tub/shower insert and it hurts my eyes to look at it so I am uninspired and rarely bathe in this house.
The equivalent to bathing for a Fin is a sauna, but my favourite Mother in the world has been in Finland for months to be with her older sister who recently had to move to assisted living (I miss her soooo much).
We’ve only had one sauna bath since she’s been gone because usually she’s the one who builds the fire and calls us over (it’s a wood heated sauna–totally divine). We sit there naked and solve the world’s problems, so amazing!
My course in Houston this week was the best ever! None of my courses are ever the same because I’m constantly tweaking the course material to help make it clearer and easier to understand. See my upcoming dates here.
The 9 neutral undertones in the world.
So, let’s talk about neutral undertones and how they can help you solve a common bathroom dilemma.
In my system for Understanding Undertones©, there are basically 9 primary undertones in the world. And no matter where you go, they are the same.
I received a question about shopping for shower curtains a while ago so I thought I’d take this opportunity to show all 9 undertones in a row here.
The right shower curtain can magically hide a bad surround, or simply make your fabulous bathroom even more fabulous. So, here’s how to get the right shower curtain to coordinate with the undertone of your tile or hide it if necessary, or at the very least distract attention from it.
How to find the right shower curtain colour to go with your tile surround.
There are many bad shower surrounds that can be put out of sight and out of mind with a shower curtain.
Blue Grey Undertone
This shower curtain has blue grey as well as a light grey and a mustard colour for a bit of warmth. It works nicely with the blue grey tile.
Green Beige Undertone
It’s a little hard to see the floor tile below, but I’ve seen this earthier style/colour so many times in bathrooms. This shower curtain is a plaid made of green beige, violet grey and charcoal stripes. This shower curtain would also work with biscuit or a creamier coloured tile.
Yellow Beige Undertone
The simple pattern of white on this maize-like shower curtain colour would look fantastic with the yellow beige bathroom countertops. Even though the bathroom below is more recent and lovely with white, there are many yellow beige countertops still hanging around, that need to be coordinated with until they can be updated.
Pink Beige Undertone
Lots of bathrooms in pink beige. That shade comes out quick in tile when it’s installed in a room without natural lighting. It makes sense to check your tile in a bathroom without natural lighting BEFORE you install it.
And it’s the reason why I think all bathrooms should be white or cream anyway. This way, there will be no unhappy surprises when the beige tile you were convinced was perfect suddenly turns out pink when it’s installed.
But if this happened to you, how great is this orange, pink beige and aqua shower curtain?
Don’t despair if you don’t like the tile you inherited. Look for a shower curtain with colours you like as well as the neutral undertone it’ll work with.
Orange/Butterscotch Beige Undertone
In the Tuscan brown trend and the sage green trend (right before brown came along) this slate tile was installed in bathrooms everywhere (see below).
Lately, every hotel I stay in has orange undertones from their last renovation.
So, if your bathroom has tile that looks like this and also has bright white plumbing, this shower curtain will relate to the white AND pick up the orange/butterscotch tones in the tile.
Gold Beige Undertone
If the hard finishes in your bathroom have a gold beige undertone, try this shower curtain.
Taupe is a combination of beige and grey. With the gray trend, many people wanted “warm” grays instead of beige or grey and so they wind up choosing a bathroom tile that is taupe. Taupes are typically more grey than beige, but warmer than “blue” or cool grays with their pink or violet undertones. If your tile is taupe, this shower curtain is a lovely combination of taupe and pale blues.
Green Grey Undertone
There are lots of bathrooms with green grey undertone tiles and floors and there are many shower curtains that will coordinate.
Violet Grey Undertone
Perhaps your marble or stone tile leans a bit violet, or your have some leftover retro or vintage violet wall tile you need to work with for a while? This lovely shower curtain with a violet grey stripe will absolutely tie your bathroom together (or hide unsightly retro tile if you need).
So, if you have anything but a white or cream bathroom, figure out which neutral undertone(s) are in your tile. Use my How to Choose Paint Colours ebook to to learn how to start seeing these undertones. Bring home all the colour chips in that category and then when you know what it is, go shopping with that colour chip in hand.
Can you identify which neutral undertones are in your bathroom/s?
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