Grey basically has three undertone colors. They are blue, green and purple.
Well, look at the color in my room and tell me, does it look grey or blue?
That tiny paint chip can be deceiving!
The red pops of color in the zebra rug , tray and twigs add just enough
color to make the space lively.
Can you see that this grey has a green undertone?
The client I was working with did not want to change her trim color which was really creamy in color. I didn’t know the exact color but it matches Ben Moore Navajo white on the paint chart. When you are working with existing color you, must take the undertones of that paint into consideration. We needed a grey that didn’t pull blue from the undertone which is what happens if your other color has yellow in the formula. Your eye automatically sees blue in the grey… I knew this but had a hard time educating my client. Finally I was able to get the point across by painting one entire area of her breakfast room and eliminating the “Tan” walls. Once the tan disappeared, she was able to see the grey as a grey and not as a blue. What color did we end up choosing? “Pratt & Lambert Feather Grey”. Once it is all painted I will post a picture. Will try to get a before and after….
Some greys I like are:
Pratt & Lambert- Cadet Grey & Feather Grey
Benjamin Moore- Grey Owl & Revere Pewter
Sherwin Williams – Absolute Grey & Grayish
Farrow & Ball- French Grey & Pavillion Grey & Elephant’s Breath
Martha Stewart – Sharkey Grey & Bedford Grey