The bath, with its olive-green tile and dark Jacobean wallpaper,
Despite all I know about color,
despite all the recommendations for clients,
despite painting mountains of furniture,
I couldn't find the right WHITE paint for my own bathroom!
If you've ever looked at a room and thought
"something is off"
it may be that the undertones fighting each other.
These are complex mixtures where no one color predominates,
and depending on lighting and surrounding colors,
they can take on a life of their own.
You may not see the underlying color at first,
but it's lurking.
Here's my recent experience:
We began with ANTIQUE WHITE subway tile for the bath.
OH NO ! OH NO!
Instantly the vanity looked better.
magnified the green undertones in the cabinet.
Remove the red and the green undertone faded.....
it was still there, but less obvious.
I could work with this.
One problem solved and on to the next:
choosing a wall color.
Again, undertones came into play.
I wanted WHITE walls....but which one?
I painted some sample boards using a variety of white paint
from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams,
taping each one against the tile and wall.
It was as if Goldilocks were choosing paint.
One sample was too yellow, the next too grey.
This one was a bit pink.
That one looked dirty.
Until finally one was finally just right.
Which did I choose?
Sherwin Williams #1137.
(It has a very slight green undertone)
not to be confused with
Sherwin Williams #6119
also called ANTIQUE WHITE
...but that's another story!