Understanding Undertones

When you need to identify a neutral, this wheel changes EVERYTHING.

You won’t find a BETTER TOOL to help you narrow down which undertones you are working with so you can find the right beige, grey, taupe or white that coordinates perfectly with the rest of the finishes in your room.

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Understanding Undertones

Finally choose neutral finishes or paint colours you can be proud of!

Hold the key to Understanding Undertones in your hand and transform the way you see colour forever.

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80% of the time we're choosing a paint colour,
we're looking for a neutral.

This wheel is the FIRST step in identifying the right neutral undertone you need.

Compare the 9 most common and useful undertones of neutrals to ANY soft or hard finishes. Start by eliminating the undertones you don’t need. Then, focus on the ones that are most similar to the finish you are working with.

The next step involves comparing to large painted colour boards or paint samples curated in the Killam Colour System to confirm the exact undertone. Find the list of colours by undertone in the eBooks.

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“When mine arrived I ran around the house throwing it on tile, counters, rug, and standing back. You are right that most carpet is pink beige and even though I tried so hard not to get pink beige. I think the new carpet on the stairs and upstairs is also pink beige or taupe. No wonder my yellow beige paint looks weird with it.

We need a new bed upstairs so I took my new colour wheel to the bed store and chose a fabric for the headboard that would not clash with the carpet. (It was also the only choice that was not grey!) This tool is extremely helpful and fun. Thank you.” – Susan T.

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Finally choose neutral finishes or paint colours you can be proud of!

While working in a paint store 20 years ago I was always helping customers who brought in fabrics and hard finishes to coordinate with their paint colour choices.

I started to notice that the best neutrals always seemed to come back down to the same limited few. So I categorized the 9 most useful undertones I was seeing over and over again. And that’s when I created the Killam Colour System for Specifying Colour and Understanding Undertones.

Next I put this process to work for thousands of design consultations. 

I created the neutral colour wheel as a handy, visual guide so I could compare the neutral undertones I KNEW to the finishes I was working with.

The wheel helped eliminate the wrong undertones instantly. Then, with my large painted colour boards, I could confirm the right undertone with confidence.

And now, I’m handing this super helpful tool (made with real paint) over to you. 

Use it to quickly nail down the RIGHT undertone of anything in any neutral colour. Or find the perfect taupe, blue grey or green beige in any paint system!

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9 Neutral Undertones & 4 Gradations of White

The Killam Colour System is essentially a powerful, practical process for choosing colour that simplifies the world of neutrals into 9 of the MOST USEFUL undertones and 4 gradations of white.

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The 9 Most Useful Neutral Undertones
in the World

Pink Beige

Orange Beige

Yellow Beige

Gold Beige

Green Beige

Green Grey

Blue Grey

Violet Grey

Taupe

Did you know COMPARING is the ONLY way to get colour right?

Are you walking around trying to eyeball your finishes or paint colours? Do you choose colour without comparing it first? If so, no matter how skilled you are, YOU ARE STILL ONLY GUESSING.

Place the neutral colour wheel next to anything neutral and you’ll immediately see which of the 9 neutral undertones you can eliminate and focus on the ones that are most similar.

That means you are also eliminating thousands of colours that would be WRONG… That’s working smarter.

Never get stuck guessing again. Make better choices for finishes and paint colours using the ultimate key to unlocking the FIRST STEP of my System for Specifying Colour.

*Already have an old colour wheel? It can still be a useful reference as long as you add the real paint chips. Download the list of paint chips you need here.
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Colour Wheel 9 Undertones

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*Already have an old colour wheel? It can still be a useful reference as long as you add the real paint chips.
Download the list of paint chips you need here.
 

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