Have you ever noticed that some “neutral” paint colors seem to change like a chameleon depending on the light…In afternoon sunlight, a “neutral” paint color’s base becomes the prominent color. This means that your paint choice can really change a room from clean, sharp and neutral in artificial light to greeny, yellowy or pinky in bright sunlight. To ensure that your taupe stays true, take these steps:
1. Determine the base color of your paint prior to painting the entire room;
2. Test paint in all types of light (morning and afternoon natural, and artificial); and
3. Stick with a true-brown undertone for that taupe that really does the trick!
These guidelines work for other neutrals as well. Find some basics that work in a variety of colors (taupe, beige and gold, for example) and that do not transform with a change in daylight, and stick with them. This will ensure that your room does not go from taupe to rose in the bright afternoon sunshine, unless you want it to! Happy painting….