I just finished painting my entryway that leads up to the main floor or down to the basement. The colour I picked (tan) has a tint of pink/ mauve in it under the light. I was not expecting this but have to work with it. Question is, what colours will go with this?
Sep 23, 2012, 09:51 PM
If you're not happy with this color, perhaps you can paint over it and use this as your basecoat. If not, I have a similar beige w/ pink undertone in my lv. rm. I teamed it w/ a lighter beige, pink and some green (trim is white). I drew inspiration from a printed rug. If you don't have a rug in your entryway, perhaps you should buy one that features a tan similar to the walls and additional colors. BTW, these colors should be carried to a degree into your public space.
Always view a test board when considering wall colors and view it under varied lighting conditions. Also, always draw inspiration from a print BEFORE you paint the walls. These are good rules of thumb to put into practice.
Sep 24, 2012, 10:51 AM
Rhonda, I'm assuming you're primarily talking about a hallway, stairs or entryway. Agree with Froo's fabric and paint tips, if the problem also applies to the rooms themselves - or you have rugs, fabrics or other decorations in your entry.
One thought I had - could the undertones actually be caused by the types of lighting used in these areas? How would everything look, if you changed out the bulbs used in the light fixtures?
Don't know what type of lights you're using or lightbulbs but often the harsh lights of basements or hallways can play tricks on paint undertones. If cool bulbs, you might try soft ones. Or, if that doesn't work, how about the new hallogen, energy efficient options.
So, whatever the lighting currently in place, I'd do a test with the opposite or any other alternatives. That might save you from worrying about repainting.
Good Luck! It's all JMHO.This message has been edited. Last edited by: blueday,
Sep 24, 2012, 07:02 PM
Thank you to both. Blue- Someone else mentioned to me today about the lighting. It is very bright and I do notice when I'm walking down the stairs towards the basement, the colour seems to change to the taupe. Maybe what I'll do is remove one of the 3 lightbulbs.
Thank you again......
Sep 24, 2012, 08:52 PM
Lighting definitely impacts a color's read. This is why it is frequently advised to view a test board under the natural and artifical lighting conditions of a space over several days/nights vs. matching it to fabric or papers in a retail space. Along with lowering the wattage, consider the shades on lamps. Also, experiment w/ clear bulbs and frosted. The undertones of every color is revealed depending on the lighting it's subject to. Do you like the color in daylight?