We bought a new house a few years ago and the previous owner has painted it the same pale yellow throughout. I hate yellow.
Every paint sample I try turns, grey, lilac, blue. I know I know I can hear you all saying its the light and the undertones etc but its every room, most rooms are south facing so I didn't think I should have this problem!?! I've spent hundreds on testers. Please someone save me, I've never encountered problems like this before this house!!
Im want Little Greens Portland Stone Pale, great on white paper but put it on the wall and its lilac grey. I don't want grey I want a warm neutral with if any hint of anything green. I've got a shitload of testers....not one works.
I've just painted a small area white. Once that is dry I'll try again. I did try this when I painted the hallway (north facing) and it didn't make a difference, so fingers crossed it works in this south facing room. If it doesn't, I really don't know what to do. Ill update later.
Hi thank you, I've just checked and Little Greene do a primer which is tinted to a specific colour... Ill give them a call tomorrow and see what they recommend. Though this will mean at least three coats of paint...
Previous owner didn't smoke, its definitely not nicotine. I initially painted a test strip on plain white card then painted a test area on the wall. They are completely different when held next to each other. Surely if I can achieve the desired colour in the room on the card then it should be possible on the wall....? So it's definitely the wall not the sunlight? If I can work out how to post a pic I will.
We had this problem when we first moved into our new house. We got various greys and they all looked so different on the wall vs. in testers pots. It’s all to do with the lighting I think... a mix of natural sunlight and any artificial lights in the room. We tried so many greys from F&B, Laura Ashley, Dulux, etc. In the end, the best bet was to read loads of reviews and see what people say is the undertone, and pick on that basis. We went for Cornforth White (F&B) for the livingroom, a bright but warm neutral, and various greys for other rooms. Note, Cornforth looked BROWN in our bathroom not good look...
Orientation of room (north, south etc) Time of day (bright sun, evening sun) Weather (sunny, overcast etc) Artificial lighting tone (bulbs & shade) Wall colour Surroundings colour (reflections will affect paint) Your perception (we all see colours slightly differently - one persons blue will be another persons violet)
It’s a common problem with greys due to the varying undertones (blue/purple/red/green/brown/yellow).
Try paining the inside of a shoebox with Portland Stone then take it to each of your rooms and walls and compare at different times of day. I think you’d benefit from using a primer to block out the yellow before attempting to paint again.