Debbie, one of my lovely readers sent me this email the other day:
‘I asked my husband to order your color boards for my Christmas present last year. Before they arrived I was sure that Wickham Gray was the right color to paint my master bedroom. When the color boards arrived I discovered that Wickham Gray made my beautiful new headboard look dirty.
I also bought a quart of Nantucket Gray and that looked like a primary blue on my walls. Using your color boards, I determined that Stonington Gray made my velvet gray headboard look fabulous so I painted the walls Stonington Gray and I love to wake up every morning and look at my beautiful new walls. Thank you!’
Here is the beautiful result:
Lighting in bedrooms can vary greatly from the main rooms in the house. Master bedrooms generally depend mostly on ambient light as many don’t have overhead lights.
So if you are having trouble finding the right colour for your master bedroom or another room in your house, this might be the reason. There are hundreds of situations where I’m clear I would never have found the right colour without my 50 large hand-painted colour boards in Benjamin Moore colours to go through one-by-one.
By the way, Stonington Gray has a blue undertone. A lot of people think it’s a neutral gray without an undertone but all you have to do is get your fan deck out and compare it to HC-173 Edgecomb Gray or HC-81 Manchester Tan and you’ll see it right away.
Remember context is everything. All I do in every colour consultation is compare, compare, compare so that my client can see for themselves exactly why I’m recommending one colour over another.
Just in case you were wondering, the reason why you generally don’t see photo after photo on my blog with ‘Here’s what-insert colour name here-looks like’ on the walls is because that will not help you chose the right colour for your interior.
The correct colour or neutral for your interior is determined first by your fixed elements, second by your furnished items and third using large colour samples to make sure the colour you have chosen will pull your space together.
To choose a colour for your bedroom consider the wall-to-wall carpeting, the bedding or the drapery. And with large colour boards, you’ll have the colour so fast you’ll wonder how you ever survived without them!
Colours for the bedroom are so much easier to choose than the rest of your house.
Creative Director and Founder of Understanding Undertones® and the Killam Colour SystemTM. Decorator, author, speaker and internationally sought after Colour Expert. See Colour DifferentlyTM with Maria Killam.