There’s one important detail about using the colour wheel that you may have missed. So, I’d like to review it here. How you hold the wheel and your paint boards can make ALL the difference in identifying the correct undertone. This reader’s fabric photos are a perfect illustration of what I mean.
How to find the undertone in a fabric
Thank you to everyone who participated in sending in photos of the colour wheel in use! This conversation I had with a reader last week, basically sums up how to use the wheel, so I wanted to share this example with you as well ICYMI.
She sent me the following photo and when I saw the fabric, I thought it might be green grey as well, so I asked her to send me photos with the fabric and the colour boards.
This is what she sent me (below).
Is it obvious yet?
Nope, so then I asked her to prop up the samples so that they are vertically installed in the same place they would be IF THEY WERE PAINTED ON THE WALL.
Now which one is right?
Much easier to see now isn’t it?
Other steps in finding the undertone
Here’s what she did right initially.
She chose boards that were very close or very similar in value.
The best definition of value is this: You can’t say either is lighter or darker, that’s when the values are the same.
When you use test samples that are in the same value, it’s much easier to identify and choose the correct undertone.
Once you’ve chosen the correct undertone, you can then compare the item in question to lighter colours in the system (or darker) to determine which value or paint colour you want to end up with.
And that’s why the boards work so well in conjunction with the colour wheel because if you’re painting up one sample at a time, you might paint the wrong ones and you could end up with a colour that’s just ‘meh’ instead of perfection.
Okay onto my birthday giveaway, here are the 55 winners:
Winners randomly chosen from Facebook and Instagram comments. We will try to also tag you on social media, but if you recognize your name or handle, please email [email protected] to claim your prize. *Prizes cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash value.
25x Colour Wheel + eBook Bundles ($73 value)
Donna Bonanno Richards
Anne Williams Brower
15x Shop Online with Colour Confidence online training courses ($99 value)
Jennifer Ledford Norman
4x 1 Set of Large Painted Colour Boards (your choice) ($379 value)
1 Ticket to my Specify Colour with Confidence live, virtual workshop this fall ($1850 value)
Alderwood2004 (yay!! fall dates will be announced soon)
Thank you to everyone who participated and congrats to our winners! If you missed any of these colour wheel lessons, I’ve linked them here again! These are posts you are going to want to SAVE for future reference!
→ Colour Wheel Lesson 1 – Let’s start with the basics and define all 9 undertones.
→ Colour Wheel Lesson 2 – Flip your colour wheel over and I’ll show you how to compare whites.
→ Colour Wheel Lesson 3 – What if you have a busy stone or tile pattern? Let’s talk about finding the overall read.
→ Colour Wheel Lesson 4 – Now it’s your turn – take your colour wheel to your bathroom or kitchen and tell me which undertones you see!
→ Colour Wheel Lesson 5 – And lastly, one of my favorite lessons, taking your colour wheel shopping!