I helped one of my former students [Amber Beall] get a position as a Colour Designer at a local Benjamin Moore store here in town. We have become great friends and recently met for dinner.
She said “I get so tired of hearing, ‘I just want a nice neutral’, because there is no such thing’”.
I have trained her well : )
Yellow Beige – Image from Cote de Texas
So I know you want the perfect neutral, but unless it relates to the already existing undertones in your house, it won’t be nice. In fact, that’s when it will really scream “apartment beige” or “boring beige”.
A nice neutral, is one that relates to the existing neutrals in your interior (or exterior). But there’s no such thing as a neutral without an undertone.
If a neutral looks like it doesn’t have an undertone, it’s because it relates to everything and because of that, then looks ‘neutral’.
If you pick a yellow beige for your walls when your broadloom is actually a pink beige, you will wonder why your carpets look dirty and blame it on the ‘boring beige’ you’ve picked.
If the undertones in your house are already pink, you have to work with it—you cannot ignore it no matter how much you dislike it because trust me, if you hate it now, you’ll really hate it later.
Green Beige – Image from Cote de Texas
If you choose a green beige like Manchester Tan (like in this post) but your finishes and sofa are pink beige? You won’t like it any better.
Your beige or neutral needs to relate to other beige tones in the room (including furniture if it’s beige) before it looks pulled together.
Otherwise it can look like you’ve tried to match it and failed. That’s the bottom line.
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Colour & Condoms (so you think I’m looking at something besides wall color?)
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