My lovely client Lynette called me to help her fix the colour in their newly renovated bathroom, it was not working.
Although this colour did appear in her surround tile, it did not improve the appearance of her bathroom. Since the undertone of her gray tile was purple, that was the colour I selected that day.
I chose SW 6002 Essential Gray/ Cloverdale Paint CA199 Lavender and it totally transformed the bathroom. We switched some art around, added some white towels (which we had already changed in the first before photo), and suddenly it all worked together.
The colour looks a little more intense and purple in the photographs because there is no natural light in this bathroom, in person however it looks just right.
And here’s the big lesson of the day, greeny yellows usually work the best with jewel tones. Purples (not grayed purples like in this example) red, fuscia, royal blue and emerald greens.
Here the flowers in these drapes are a similar green/yellow.
If you were looking for a neutral for a room that was filled with jewel tones, all the usual undertones of beige would die. Gray would work if there was gray in the room like in the above image, but without gray to tie it in, a gray colour would die as well. Yellow is too countrified leaving you with a green/yellow.
Interior by Maria Killam
This room is painted HC-18 Adams Gold or SW 6394 Sequin. You can see that it relates to the sofa and therefore acts as a neutral.
Here is a very similar colour paired with Pantone’s 2012 colour of the year, Tangerine Tango.
I’m sure you have all seen bathrooms with undertones that don’t work together because people usually choose too many tiles and try to mix and match them together. Better to choose one pattern and the rest in solid colours to avoid this problem.
If you have more than one undertone in your bathroom, choose the one you like for the walls, this way you will have a happy bathroom for many years to come!
Would you like to look at a bathroom and know which category of undertones it belongs? Download my eBook, How to Choose Paint Colours: It’s All in the Undertones.
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