Every color has an undertone…and yes that includes neutrals. When the undertones work well together, you have a good start to a well-designed space. When they don’t the space will likely never look just right.
A very common mistake is to pair pink beige and yellow beige undertones in hard finishes or paint colors…..they are not friends and should not be together!
I often look at new homes to see what finishes are being used in my specific area (and just for fun!). In addition to lots of whites and grays, I’m also seeing some beige tones again. The challenge is to select those that work well together. In this new kitchen, the pink undertone of the backsplash does not complement at all the yellow undertone of the granite. This granite needed a tile with a yellow or green undertone. Not a yellow or green tile, but a neutral tile with a yellow or green undertone.
This Yellow Beige would have been a better choice. Do you see it?
Settle differences in undertones make a huge difference! So often a homeowner will walk into their kitchen or bathroom and say there is something they don’t like, but they are not sure what or why it is. The granite by itself is great, the tile by itself is nice, they like the paint color, but when it’s all put together…not so much.
I see this over and over, even in new homes, even in design centers.
So what do you do if you already have these finishes and are not planning to remodel? Style! Use accessories, paint color or other finishes to be the “mediators” between undertones that don’t work well together, and enhance what you already have.
If you are buying a new home or remodeling, before you choose hard finishes and paint colors, know your colors and undertones, or hire someone that does.
Investing time at the beginning of a project is always worth it, to be sure all your finishes and colors work well together. It will save you money down the road. You will not only have a well finished next level home, but one you will be happy with for many years to come!
Did I say we must look at the undertones? 😉
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