So the next semester I was prepared with a definition and an explanation. And here it is:
Undertone: A colour applied under or seen through another colour.
Clients are always asking me “What’s the difference between this colour and that one, which one is warmer which one is cooler, etc?.”
As soon as I say, “This one’s more orange, or that one is more blue”, they mostly see it immediately but it takes a trained eye to be able to wade through all the possibilities and especially the undertones of beige, (which are the most confusing) to pick the one that’s right for you.
It’s much easier to see it with stronger colours like these:
In the living room above, the sofa has an green undertone and the purple area rug, a red undertone.
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