**UPDATE: Due to popular demand, my Free Colour Wheels are SOLD OUT!**
If you didn’t snag one this time, stay tuned… I’ve got a little something up my sleeve for the next round.
I am VERY EXCITED to announce that my Understanding Undertones colour wheel is finally available and READY TO SHIP.
While trying to match the colour wheel to one paint company, we learned that the printing process will NEVER be as accurate as a paint chip, so we came up with the best possible solution to still make it an amazing tool!
We will only be doing this for the first run, so get it TODAY, while supplies last!
And, I thought that this announcement was also a good time to answer this Ask Maria question that I recently received:
“Maria, I hear, read and see so many people talking about warm greys vs cool greys. In your system, are they talking about green and violet grey as warm and blue grey as cool? Or are they possibly mixing taupe from your system in there too? I’m trying to figure out where warm grey and cool grey fit in your system?”
Yes you are absolutely right. In my System for Specifying Colour, blue is definitely ‘cooler’ than the green or violet greys.
When people talk about grey and they have no idea about undertones, they will often make vague statements like “I prefer warm greys over cool greys”, (then they cross their fingers and hope they don’t get any further questions).
“Stay away from cool greys, they will make your living room or bedroom feel sad”.
So here’s the thing. When you don’t know the steps you need to take in order to choose a colour for any given scenario, ie. A renovation, a new build or a decorating project, there are two obvious (but mostly wrong) ways you will choose colour (for anything, not just walls) instead:
Warmer or Cooler
You’ll have a bunch of paint samples up on the wall, and because you don’t know that your colour should actually relate to what is already there or what is coming, you’ll choose ‘The warmer one” because that just seems logical.
We all want to create a warm and inviting space right?
This is the same reason why taupe is such a popular neutral. It’s warmer than all the greys and cooler than all the beiges (above). However it is not grey.
Lighter or Darker
I have heard this statement many times in my career “We went with the lighter _____ because we thought it would make the space feel _____ with the darker one”.
That seems logical too right?
However, choosing colour like this will only give you the result you are looking for by accident.
For example, there’s nothing wrong with a cool blue grey, it depends on how the room is being decorated and most of all, if blue happens to be a colour that you like.
But if you chose a ‘grey’ without knowing the and didn’t realize it was in fact a ‘blue grey’ and you don’t like blue, and now your walls are blue, or your backsplash is blue, well you’re not going to be happy.
The best way to learn how to choose the right neutral is to start with the right tools.
You may be surprised to learn that over and over again you will see one or several of these nine neutral colours in the majority of the hard and soft finishes available in the marketplace today. That’s why I’ve curated this list of neutrals and called them the most useful and most commonly seen neutral colours.
Once you use the colour wheel to identify the neutral or several neutrals in any given soft or hard finish, then, the way to find the perfect colour is to pull out the large samples in my system.
Whether you paint your own or purchase my large colour samples, you CANNOT navigate the minutia of the right neutral vs. the ‘close but not quite’ neutral without them. My large colour samples will include TWO FREE NEUTRAL COLOUR WHEELS.
Questions? Please post them below! I’m so excited to get this amazing tool in your hands, I can’t think of a better way to get this system out into the world!
I can’t wait to hear what you think! Get your FREE Understanding Undertones colour wheel TODAY (just pay shipping and handling). While supplies last!
PLEASE NOTE: This FREE offer is available for individual subscribers ONLY. Please contact our office for bulk orders.
CANADIANS and INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: These colour wheels were manufactured in America and will ship out of America. That means if you live outside of the US, you will still be paying American funds to have it shipped to you. If you’re wondering why it’s being shipped out of America, it would cost too much money to import them back into Canada and ship again at Canadian rates. That’s the SHIPPING part. They are being shipping (with tracking, NOT general mail) out of a fulfillment house. This means, someone other than our office is physically picking up the wheel and labeling an envelope and sending it to you. That’s called HANDLING.