Why Your Current Paint Color Isn’t Doing You Any Favors and How To Make Sure That It Does

Does anyone else out there have a paint color (or more) that they can't change, at the moment, and are stuck with what to do next?

Well, I was right there a bit ago. I was stuck with the current paint color in our Master Bedroom and a few changes needed to happen.

I did, in fact, make some changes and I wanted to give all of you beautiful people a little road map that helped me along the way when Re-designing my own home.

Why Your Current Paint Color Isn’t Doing You Any Favors and How To Make Sure That It Does

I was in the process of re-doing our Master Bedroom (we are renting at the moment) and we had to work with the paint colors that were already present. (Pink-beige...GULP)

As you can see, there isn't much natural lighting that comes into the home, therefore dulling out the color. (In my own defense, in regards to the state of this room, we had just moved in. It's messy. Judge if you must!)

We will be living here another year, so I was determined to make some serious lemonade out of lemons and turn this beige-heavy space into a temporary haven. I have truly found that this is possible for any space.

You simply need to highlight the good things, use the correct tools, and realize that the things you can't change can be vastly improved with a light dusting of color magic.

Find your Paint Color’s Undertone

Your first assignment is to find the undertone in the paint color at hand. When working around a paint color, finding the undertone will determine how the rest of the furnishings, fabrics, and fixed elements will blend into the space.

What is an undertone? An undertone, best explained, is a color applied underneath another color.

Do you see the green, purple and blue undertones in the picture above?

Want to learn more about undertones? Click here.

If you notice in the picture of my bedroom below, the walls are painted in a Pink-Beige. Can you see?

The colors in the bedspread, amongst other items, are not doing that pink-beige any favors anytime soon as you can see.

Find your Fixed Element Undertone(s)

The second step is to take a look at the Fixed Elements in your room.

A Fixed Element is anything that is installed into a home that cannot be tugged on or moved. Examples would be carpet, tile, wood flooring, fireplaces, counter tops, hard-wired light fixtures, etc. Anything fixed in place.

In my Master Bedroom , notice that there is only one Fixed Element and it is:

Carpet: Beige with a Pink Undertone

(At least they kept the pink-beige flowing. You should see the bathroom.)

Find your Furnished Element Undertone(s)

If you don't have any furniture for the space yet, skip this step. You get a fresh start. A lot of us will have furnishings that we will want to keep and insert into the space, so figuring out the undertones in these furnishings will help us to find out if we should include them into the space or not.

Furnished elements include everything move-able. (Sofas, dressers, tables, chairs, draperies, beds, bedding, etc.)

In the picture above, notice that the we are working with these furnished elements and undertones:

Dresser: Yellow Undertone

Vanity: Yellow Undertone

Two Nightstands: Yellow undertone

(A lot of times your space will have mismatched furniture and undertones. That's okay because you will utilize what you have, eliminate the bad choices, and maximize all of the good ones.)

Know What You're Working With:

We now know that we have these elements to work alongside:

Pink-Beige Walls

Pink-Beige Carpet

Yellow-Undertone Wood Furniture.

We know that the Pink-Beige goes with Pink-Beige so we're good there. The Yellow-Undertone Furniture is another story. We can address the first problem now.

First Color Guideline that I Have Broken Already:

Mixing Yellow-Undertone furniture with Pink-Beige walls and carpet.

This is a no-no simply because Yellow-Beige will always make Pink-Beige look "dirty" or "muddied down". This will give the room a certain feeling of confusion. You know, the one you can't quite put your finger on?

Notice the room below. The walls are Benjamin Moore's Muslin. This is a Pink-Beige and is accompanied by Yellow-Beige curtains, sofa and chairs.

Do you see how the yellow-beige makes the pink-beige wall look dirty? Look closely. You might miss it at first, but one thing you'll know is that this space doesn't look quite right.

How about my super adorable puppy art? (I'm almost positive puppy art is an art genre) As much as I love it, the yellow-beige canvas against my pink-beige walls makes the wall color look horribly "pinky".

Back to the Bedroom.....

So these pieces of furniture were very expensive and are very special to us, so they won't be exiting the picture and we will work with them however we can.

There will always be times that color guidelines are to be broken, and can be broken, you just need to know how to do it correctly.

The best case scenario is that you will be able to work with the furniture you have, or you will be able to purchase some new, complimentary pieces.

If I were to purchase new furniture I would opt for one or a few of these choices:

  • Pure White Furniture: It will brighten the room, which is needed, because of it has hardly any natural light flowing in.

  • Green-Gray or Blue-Gray Furniture: Grey with green and blue undertones go beautifully with Pink-Beige. (To learn why stay tuned for the next blog post.)

  • Wood Furniture without a Yellow undertone: All wood types will range from lighter colors to darker with different undertones. I would go for a light version of pine, hickory or oak. Learn your different types of wood here.

Narrowing down the undertones, you are one step closer.

The Best Part: Accessorizing

We can now pick complimentary colors for our new furnishings, draperies, bedding, pillows, rugs, accent pieces and accessories. This is by far the best part. Amiright?

Try and pick 2 or 3 accent colors and balance them throughout the room. Add them in the lower part of the room, (a pretty rug or two)

then at eye level (throw pillows, flowers, vases) and then in the upper room. (curtains, draperies)

Since my bedroom is mainly Pink-Beige, I'll let you know that these accentuating colors work best with pink-beige:

  • Green-Gray

  • Blue-Gray

  • Green-Beige

  • Pink or Blush

  • Whites (Lots!)

  • Violet

  • Soft Greens, blues, yellows.

  • Repeated Pink-Beige

  • Black

Ain't she pretty?

I chose to use White, Blush, and a few touches of Soft Green and Gray. These colors are quite luxurious and provides a certain touch of femininity.

Since we couldn't eliminate the Yellow-Undertone furniture, I used the brown wood to my advantage and repeated the color throughout the room. I added it into the lamp shades, wall art above the bed, mirror and the sweet picture on the nightstand. (Bear Photo) This cute piece of wall art is definitely for a child's room, but I love it.

By repeating the offending color, it helped to instead blend the color rather than make it stand out. (That seems rather contradictory doesn't it? But it's a true design guideline and it absolutely works.)

I then balanced my chosen colors into the bedding, curtains, and accessories.

I totally dig how our Master Bedroom turned out. It's restful, calm and makes me smile every time I walk into it. I love this space.

When I was finished with the space, I couldn't wait to show my husband. I knew this super feminine room wouldn't be his cup of tea,but he graciously accepted it and said,

"It looks like a princess moved in."

I know right?! She just did.

Now that you have a mapped out plan for a lovely room, what other projects or problems are you looking to take on? Comment below and we will solve them together.

If you are looking to find the perfect color scheme for your home or for just a few rooms, check out our Paint E-Design Consultations. They are phenomenal.

Happy Painting!

Yours truly,


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