This couple called me because they had already unhappily been living with pink beige walls (BM Bar Harbour Beige) for the past 7 years in their living and hallways. Then when they renovated the kitchen and installed new tile in the hallways, the tile that she was clear had zero pink in it before it was installed, suddenly went pink.
Unfortunately the photos of the hallway did not turn out so I can’t post them. However, here is the living room with the new colour we chose (BM HC-81 Manchester Tan). With my large sample, it’s very easy to see that the actual undertone of the sofa is green in addition to the toss pillow sitting on it.
The kitchen was adjoining the living room and the only wall that was showing was this small one (above) and this corner (below). You can see that Shaker Beige tones in better with the quartz countertop but we went with Manchester Tan because my clients wanted the same colour on the two little walls that were left to paint. Also the hallway tile looked the best with AF-65 Fossil in the end so that was already 2 different colours.
You can see the green undertone very clearly here with my large sample right beside the existing clashing pink beige walls with the gold coloured countertop.
As an aside, see the slanted molding at the top and how it appears to be a different colour? Well my clients were convinced that it was painted a different white, so I got up on the countertop with a colour chip of the white of the cabinets and assured them that it was indeed the same colour. The slat was just enough to have it read a little different.
This week I was in a clients master bathroom with pink tile and it was only when I pulled out 5 big samples in the tones my client was looking for that she felt comfortable choosing between one of them. Undertones in bathrooms especially are so subtle that one shade in the wrong direction can easily give you a colour that makes you cranky every time you look at it.
Do you have your large samples yet?
It’s All in the Undertones, download my eBook here. (if you have a computer you can download my book).