What’s All the Buzz about Undertones?

December 28, 2012 § 5 Comments

Determining a beige color undertone (defined by color expert Maria Killam as “a colour applied under or seen through another colour”) can be tricky. Beige can have one of several undertones: pink, yellow, or green are the basics. If you have dining room furniture with a decidedly yellow/orange hue and walls with a pink undertone like Benjamin Moore’s Georgetown Pink Beige HC-56, then yikes, you have a problem. Off to the paint store.

Bottom Line: Mixing pink-beige with yellow-beige (or yellow/orange) is a big no-no. Fix: Choose a paint with a different (non-pink) undertone like Benjamin Moore’s Monroe Bisque HC-26 that has a yellow undertone and looks great with the golden oak.

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If you avoid the mistake of mixing pink and yellow undertones, you’re on your way to understanding them. The other nuances of what undertones to mix and not to mix will come much easier. Note: Mixing pink and yellow vibrant hues is perfectly okay. It’s just the dreaded undertones that can trip you up. Beware.

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§ 5 Responses to What’s All the Buzz about Undertones?

  • andrew carpentier says:

    For my buffet hutch, I used a red under the blue.

    Andy Carpentier

    >________________________________ > From: Your Home & Color Coach >To: ajcarpentier@yahoo.com >Sent: Friday, December 28, 2012 11:08 AM >Subject: [New post] What’s All the Buzz about Undertones? > > WordPress.com >bmeglis posted: “Determining a beige color undertone (defined by color expert Maria Killam as “a colour applied under or seen through another colour”) can be tricky. Beige can have one of several undertones: pink, yellow, or green are the basics. If you have dining room f” >

    • bmeglis says:

      And it turned out great, Andy. Painting less desirable wood colors helps you start with a fresh palette. And it’s so French…

  • Hi, loved the article and the recap of Maria’s wise advise. My thought is Monroe Bisque has a yellow undertone, not green? 🙂

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