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Vancouver Colour Consultant: How to Coordinate Undertones in Tiles & Countertops

By 11/04/2011January 16th, 202014 Comments

In my True Colour Expert Training last month a participant asked a really good question.

“Okay, so now I can see the undertones and I get it, now what?”


I recently met with a homeowner who was building two duplexes. She hired me specifically because she wanted to make sure all her finishes and undertones worked together. She said, “I have been in so many show homes where I know something is wrong but I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is. I want to make sure all the colours and undertones in my house are correct.”


My system of distinguishing undertones breaks it down in such a way that you can take any fabric or tile and say, “This is yellow-beige, or pink-beige, or green-beige,” etc. So, now that you can distinguish it, what are the “guidelines” to getting the undertones in your fixed finishes right? Click here to subscribe to my free monthly newsletter if you’d like to read the rest of this article. It’ll arrive in your inbox this week and you’ll also have access to over two years worth of special articles only available to subscribers.

Download my eBook, It’s All in the Undertones. If you have a computer, you can download my book!

If you would like your home to fill you with happiness every time you walk in, contact me.

To make sure the undertones in your home are right, get some large samples!

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Related posts:

In Praise of Pinky-Beige

What Everyone Should know about Beige

What’s an Undertone?

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  • Judy says:

    This is very helpful info! Thanks for sharing

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