The Easy Test That’ll Help You Determine The Undertone Of Your Paint Color

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Interior designer Marissa Warner is the founder and creative director for The Home Narrative. In a recent TikTok, she demonstrates the technique for finding that undertone in your neutral. She also explains how it’s best to compare the paint chip to the plain white paper, rather than comparing the paint chip to what’s already on your wall.

The reason for this disconnect between chip and true paint is twofold. First, the light in a paint store is most likely a bright, clear fluorescent light meant to show colors off to their best advantage. But few of us have light so intense and bright in our homes. The other factor is context. Looking at paint chips in a store with a plain background is also very different than what’s in our homes. The color of the carpet or floor, for example, or the light bouncing off the neighbor’s brick wall or white fence at certain times of the day, can radically change how a shade looks.

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