She said “I learned about color theory and practice from Maria Killam who spent hours on the phone with me until I understood when orange on the fabric swatch will look red on a sofa (and why you should never do color on your wall without a consult from an expert).
In case you’re wondering what she’s taking about, here is the explanation: Penelope loves strong, bright colours, so after we had chose the sunflower yellow walls for the kitchen, blue for the living room and raspberry for the dining room we then worked on picking out furniture for her new house (and since she’s in Wisconsin everything is purchased on-line).
So if you chose BM Raspberry Pudding 2004-30, it looks pretty pink where it sits in the fan deck, but if you take it and compare it to Peony 2079-30 now it looks orange because Peony is even more red (these are wallpaper samples I found to show what I mean, they are not the actual colour).
Therefore, it goes back this post where I talked about warm and cool and how you technically cannot call a colour cool or warm unless you compare it to another colour.
Yes, anyone can personally define any colour as cool or warm however, be careful how quick you call it because I have selected many beautiful warm grays and taupes in my day because comparing a taupe (BM 983/094) which looks gray all by itself on the chip suddenly looks beige and fabulous when I compared it to a colder gray like 1605.
Of course, now that the gray trend has arrived, I don’t get the same ‘that’s cold’ reaction when I suggest a taupe or warm gray like I did in the past.
Which colour leaves you cold?
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