What kind of lighting do you have in the room? The lighting will make a big difference in how the walls look, even looking different between day and night. Natural light will make the color look different than incandescent or fluorescent lights. That would be something to check.
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Post by femalebusiness on Jan 10, 2015 15:41:59 GMT
Just went through this last week. Painted a bedroom light gray, two coats over a green, and it looked baby blue. Tried to see it as gray but it was blue. Repainted with another color that was just barely different and now it is definitely light gray. So glad we repainted. My only suggestion is pick a gray that tends more to purple than blue. If you pick a gray that has a green base it will look dirty after a while.
well, if it was a photo that was too blue, you would add a bit of orange filter. blue and orange are opposite each other on the color wheel. I know you said you got rid of the orangey wood, but what about some bright orange pops of color? like patterned lampshades or a bed pillow accent? accents on curtains?
To get grey walls use a greige paint (combo grey/beige). When you look at the paint sample, it won't even really look grey. I painted my entire house grey. It is absolutely the perfect grey, without any hint of blue at all. I love it.
When you install your lights choose an orangey/yellow bulb. A lot of grays will look very blue with only natural light coming into the room. Once you get some warmer light in there you will probably be fine.
Combining blue and orange (paint, filter, ink, etc), neutralizes them because they're opposites on the colour wheel, but putting blue next to orange only accentuates each colour... If you're dead set against reprinting (my first choice), then avoid anything with an orange or golden tone or undertone... Stay away from oranges, golden yellows, tomato reds, and even off whites that have a warm or creamy undertone... Greys are the hardest colours to pick because their undertones show so strongly, and the paler the grey the harder it is...
Post by Darcy Collins on Jan 10, 2015 16:40:03 GMT
I'd repaint. I've heard grey is one of the harder colors to pick - also taupe as it can trend toward pink. You don't want to wait thinking that you can "accessorize" the blue away and be unhappy after all your time and money.
We painted our dining room 3 times before getting the light terra cotta we wanted. The color samples looked great but the room kept coming out pinkish. The final paint was called gold something and was perfect.
Repaint is the only real answer. Find a neutral gray, instead of a blue based gray. We painted our living area gray and it took lots of samples to find what we wanted. Many of the samples ended up looking very blue once they were up on the walls. Gray can be very tricky, but once you find the right color it is a nice color to live with.
Also, be aware that whatever window treatment you use may also have a big impact the way the color on the walls is perceived. The filtered natural light will take on some of the hue as it goes through the fabric.
I'm late to party, what have you tried so far? Changing light bulbs used to be an easier and cheaper suggestion then it is today. Can you do a test by trying different lamps with various shade colors, using lamps you already own? You can use that information to buy lamps, shades, linens and any window coverings. If you really don't want to repaint, you can comfort yourself-contract colors are already moving into cooler tones, and the residential market will eventually catch up. You're designing ahead of your time!
I painted my master bathroom a light grey. It came out more baby blue. I hated it but thought I could live with it. But after a few days I decided, no way. I wanted grey not blue. I repainted a different grey that came out PERFECT and I am so happy that I invested that extra time. Now I absolutely love the color.