Tag: beige

Top Five Tips to Understanding Beige Undertones

October 26, 2011

Minneapolis Interior Designers & Decorators Martha O’Hara Interiors

1) Determine the undertone. All beige colors have either a red/pink, yellow, green or orange undertone. Period. That’s all you have to understand and learn. The color examples I have chosen below have very obvious undertones to help you ‘see’ the color underneath.

 

stonehouse 1039  red undertones         shelburne buff hc-28 yellow undertones

 

Lady Finger  1045 orange undertones                      manchester tan hc-81  green undertones

2) Remember to Compare. The easiest way to see the undertones in beige is by comparing the color to another beige that you know the undertone is either red, yellow, green or orange. Illustrated above are good examples of the undertones. Pick up a sample of each and carry them with you to help you compare to each other.

3) Understand the color red. The most difficult beige undertone to work with is:

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Red. Those red undertones just do not play well with others! Especially pinky beige with yellow beige because the yellow beige ends up looking ‘dirty’ next to the pinky beige. I have found the best colors to work with a red/pink beige are browns, cream and dark blues.

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4) Know which undertones to mix to create a unified room. To create the best put together, coordinated look when mixing undertones is to keep the red undertones with red undertones, yellow with yellow, green with green and orange with orange undertones.

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5) Practice makes perfect! The good news is that after you learn what is not working in a room with the undertones, you will be able to correct the mistake. Take a look at your carpet (is it a pinky beige?) and compare it to the beautiful Powell Buff that you painted your walls. Now that you have learned that pinky beige and yellow beige do not work together you can easily ‘fix’ the whole rooms looks by changing the wall color to a pinky beige also, such as shaker beige hc-45.

So I hope this helped you understand beige colors and their undertones better. If you want to be a color superstar like me, 🙂 you have to take Maria’s True Color Expert workshop!

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My Interview with Maria Killam

January 10, 2011

What do you think you know about Maria Killam?

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My Photo  Maria Killam, top interior designer and the creative mind behind the popular blog ‘ Colour Me Happy,’ agreed to sit down and answer a few questions inquiring minds want to know!  She has a passion for colour and she is known for creating happy, warm, comfortable and inspired spaces for her clients.

Kelly:

What is your favorite thing to do when you are not blogging (or thinking about blogging, or looking for pictures, or shopping for blogging, etc.) ? : ) 

My PhotoThat is such a good question.  I was having a conversation with a new friend the other day and she asked me if I’d seen 2 of the latest movies and I said no. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been to the show. What I like to do when I’m not blogging is spend time with my family and see my nephews.

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What was your most challenging design project?

My PhotoAs a new designer I found the most challenging spaces to be the ones where there was no inspiration whatsoever and the client was not clear about what they wanted either. Now that I have a ‘look’ that I’m hired for, I find it much easier to pull a space together from scratch, based on the clients likes and preferences of course.

What was the best thing you’ve ever bought/done for a customer?

My PhotoThe best thing is when the accessories and lamps arrive and the house suddenly becomes cozy and filled with atmosphere. 

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What was your favorite job ever?

My PhotoOkay this might sound cheesy but I love each house I get to decorate from the beginning so I can’t say one is better than the other.  The space that is the most ‘my look’ were the last two homes that I decorated.  The loft in Yaletown and the large home in White Rock.

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Now that we know how to determine the undertones of beige, because of all your great posts teaching us, what color would you suggest to paint the walls if you wanted to downplay the pinky beige in a carpet?

My PhotoThe only colours you are left with (besides pink) is green, blue, purple, or grays with those undertones.  Most people aren’t going to paint the main areas of their house purple or blue so then you are left with green which makes the carpet look even more pink.  So to downplay the pinky beige you need gray tones (still with green or even pink undertones but grayed down) like Natural Linen, Manchester Tan, Smoky Taupe, Revere Pewter or the other option would be to paint the walls a dark and dramatic colour (anything except yellow would work) and then because there is so much contrast the carpet starts to look neutral.

How do you help others see the difference between a pinky beige and a greenish beige?

My PhotoBy comparing one to another.  The minute I show a client (or anyone), they see it immediately.

What’s the number one piece of advice that you would give couples who are just starting to decorate on their own?

My PhotoThat is a tough one.  Working with $5,000,  I would suggest to them to find a designer that will be able to help them make IKEA furnishings look beautiful and fun.

What design project are you most proud of and why?

My PhotoI loved the loft I did in Yaletown. It has such a great fresh look to it and the drapes really make the room (it was a rental so she didn’t want to paint the whole thing, which is why we just did the green accent wall). It also made the cover of the September 2009 Issue of BC Home.  I still have 20 copies of that magazine around here somewhere.

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Would you like to share your goals with us for ‘Colour Me Happy’ in 2011?

My PhotoMy goals this year are many but a big one is to publish an ebook. The title is a secret.

 

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Thank you so much Maria. It was fun and interesting speaking with you about blogging, decorating and everything in between!  I hope  you all enjoyed the interview as much as I enjoyed having her here!

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