Now that The Hottest Greige Paint Colors in Real Estate have been revealed, I’ve received numerous emails asking if a particular greige will work in a room. While it’s not uncommon to find decorators who will offer color consulting online, it’s not a practice I recommend and why I always suggest a professional color consultation – particularly when painting with grey. If you’re going to undertake paint selection on your own, this is what you absolutely need to know before you paint with greige.
1. Greige contains every color in the color wheel. Greige, short for grey + beige, is one of the most complicated combinations. Grey = black + white + green, blue, or purple. To make beige it’s a complicated combination of all the primaries in varying amounts to equal brown, toned down with white to equal beige. Black is added to the beige to make the color more greige. Confused yet? Grey simply makes for one complicated color. That’s why selecting the correct greige can be incredibly challenging and must be done by analyzing undertones.
2. Greige can have undertones of green, blue, or purple which makes it a cool greige. These colors are more predominantly grey. It can also have undertones of red, orange, or yellow which makes it a warm greige. These colors are more predominantly beige. Because these colors are blended so beautifully, it can be difficult to ascertain the true undertone of each color. Determining the undertones is critical to selecting the appropriate grey in a room otherwise walls can look purple, green, or powder blue.
3. These undertones are also affected by the direction the room faces. Is it a north, south, east, or west facing room? Directional light will actually affect how the color is perceived in a space. Revere Pewter can look grey in one room but take on a green tone in another room based on how light enters the space. This is why colors that look great in one house are not always transferable to another house.
4. Exterior elements can also affect the paint color in a space. If the window faces red brick siding of a neighboring house, for instance, that red can actually reflect into the room and affect the color on the wall. The same is true for all those lush green trees outside a window. Greige soaks up surrounding color influences.
5. Interior elements should also be considered when selecting paint color. In kitchens and baths, the color should be selected based upon the countertops and backsplash. Flooring and existing wood tones also play a role in the color selection.
6. Is the lighting in the room warm or cool? Led and CFL lights can cast a blue hue on the walls. While they are great for energy efficiency, they can affect the color temperature in a room making cool greige look powder blue.
7. Be careful not to mix cool grey and warm grey tones. This can look awkward.
Color can be complicated. Picking the wrong color can be costly. If you’re interested in a color consultation, contact us for more information.