Undertones. We have learned enough about color to know we can not ignore them. But I have found that knowing the undertones of a color makes the color selection process much easier and less stressful.
So I thought I would do a little review as a reminder of the undertones of gray. Gray is still very popular right now and we should be aware of what makes up the color so we can be educated when choosing a color for our home. Gray has the undertones of blue, green, violet and taupe:
Blue Undertone Grays:
The most popular grays with blue undertones are Coventry Gray HC-169:
Gray Owl OC-52:
Stonington Gray HC-170:
Notice how the blue- grays tend to look blue when on the wall. I think it is the most obvious undertone of all the grays.
Green Undertone Grays:
The most popular of all grays are the green/grays such as Revere Pewter HC- 172:
Sandy Hook Gray HC-108:
And Rockport Gray HC-105:
Green gray will look more of a neutral, grayish brown color when painted on the walls, rather than show the undertone such as the blue grays. Sandy Hook Gray and Rockport Gray are excellent exterior choices to work with stone because of their green undertones.
Violet Undertone Grays:
The two colors I think of right away is Collingwood OC-28:
And Elephant Gray 2109-50:
Taupe is a a combination of gray and beige, not to be confused with greige, which you can read more about here. Two of the most popular taupes is Cedar Key 982:
And Stone Hearth 984:
They do have a pink undertone because of the beige color underneath. This color works really well with chocolate brown.
Not to confuse you, but there are two other combinations of gray undertones to be aware of:
Green/Blue Gray such as Gray Cashmere 2138-60:
See how the green stands out more?
Again you notice the green undertone first. It stands out a bit more. Fieldstone continues to be a popular cabinet color.
Then we have the Blue/Green Grays:
Woodlawn Blue HC-147:
And Wickham Gray HC-171:
Can you see how the blue is more prominent than the green in the gray? I think of these Blue /Green Gray colors as Turquoise Blues.
I hope you have enjoyed your refresher course! 🙂 It is easier to understand how the color will work when you understand the undertones.