Unmasking Paint Undertones: The Secret to Perfect Wall Colours

Posted by Ali Daly on 12th Oct 2023

Unmasking Paint Undertones: The Secret to Perfect Wall Colours

Welcome to the Newest Chapter of The Daly Dose (#thedalydose) Series!

Hey there, and welcome back to another insightful edition of our Daly Dose series! We’re still on cloud nine after successfully launching Daly's Hardware into the world of e-commerce. Your incredible support has made this transition smooth and rewarding. If you’ve recently discovered us through our buzzworthy TikTok or Instagram reel—thanks for joining.

At Daly’s, we don’t just sell tools and paints; we sell wisdom. With each instalment, we aim to arm you with knowledge that lets you make informed, sustainable choices for your home and beyond. Today, we’re peeling back the layers on a topic many find perplexing—paint undertones. If you’ve ever been stunned by how different a colour looks on your wall compared to the store sample, today’s blog is for you.

Whether you're a DIY enthusiast or looking to revamp your space professionally, read on to unravel the mysteries of paint undertones and how to choose the perfect hue for your walls. We're more than just a hardware store; we're your trusted advisors in all things home improvement. So let's dive in and decode the subtle art of colour selection!

Unmasking Paint Undertones: The Secret to Perfect Wall Colours


Ever wondered why the wall colour you chose ended up looking different than you expected? The culprit is often the undertone—the subtle, underlying hue that reveals itself in different lighting conditions or when placed beside other colours. Today, we dive deep into the world of undertones to help you navigate the complexities of choosing the perfect paint colour for your home.

What Are Undertones?

At first glance, the concept of a colour undertone may seem trivial, but it's far from it. An undertone is essentially the secondary colour that is subtly present in the primary shade you see. It's especially significant when dealing with neutral shades like whites, beiges, and greys. These undertones can emerge unexpectedly, affecting how the colour appears in different spaces and lights.

Why Undertones Matter

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you paint a room beige, and it suddenly takes on an unwanted yellowish hue? That's an undertone at play. It can make or break the aesthetic of a room, making it essential to identify and match undertones correctly.

How to Identify Undertones

One effective way to identify undertones is to place your chosen swatch beside similar colours. For instance, if you're choosing a white, place it beside other whites. The subtle differences—be it green, beige, yellow, or pink—will become more apparent.

Practical Examples

To illustrate, let’s take three colours from Colourtrend as examples:

  • French White: A classic choice with yellow undertones, making it warm and inviting.
  • Soft Work: From Colourtrend's historic range, this colour has pink undertones that add a romantic flair.
  • Minimal: A modern and neutral choice with brown undertones, giving it an earthy feel.

The Role of Lighting

Lighting conditions can drastically affect how a colour appears. We recommend placing the colour swatch in natural daylight and observing how it changes throughout the day. Keep in mind that the lighting can differ from your phone screen or online swatches, making in-person evaluation crucial.

Wrapping Up

By spending a little extra time evaluating colour undertones, you can avoid unexpected surprises and achieve the ideal aesthetic for your home. So the next time you find yourself in our store on William Street in the heart of Limerick City, don't hesitate to ask our knowledgeable team for advice on choosing the perfect paint colour.

Additional Tips

We advise our customers to consult our in-store experts for a one-on-one consultation. Seeing the colours in person and discussing your specific needs will provide a more accurate picture, ensuring that your design vision comes to life just as you imagined it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Paint Undertones?

Undertones are the subtle, underlying hues that emerge when a colour is applied to a surface. They are especially prevalent in neutral shades like whites, beiges, and grays. Understanding undertones can help you achieve the aesthetic you desire.

How Do I Identify the Undertone of a Paint Color?

One effective way is to compare the colour swatch against a pure white background or next to other colours. The undertones usually become more apparent this way. It's always a good idea to view the colours in different lighting conditions as well.

Can Lighting Affect How Undertones Appear?

Absolutely! The appearance of undertones can change dramatically under different lighting conditions. That's why it's advisable to test your paint in natural daylight and artificial light before making a final decision.

What's the Best Way to Test a Paint Colour Before Committing?

We recommend using a small sample to paint a swatch on your wall. Observe how it looks at various times of the day and under different lighting conditions. Alternatively, you can also paint a piece of foam board and move it around the room to see how it looks against different elements.

Are There Specific Undertones that Work Best for Certain Rooms?

The choice of undertones often depends on the mood you want to set. Warm undertones might be better for living rooms and bedrooms, where you want a cosy atmosphere. Cooler undertones often work well in workspaces like home offices or kitchens.

Can I Trust the Paint Color I See Online?

Computer and phone screens can distort how a colour appears. While online swatches can give you an idea, we strongly recommend visiting our store at William Street, Limerick City Centre to see and feel the colour in real life.

How Can Daly’s Hardware Help Me in Colour Selection?

Our in-store experts, like Ali, are always on hand to guide you through the selection process. We offer in-house colour and paint mixing services, so you can get the exact shade you want.

Take The Next Step: Experience Colour in a Whole New Light

You've been armed with insights and knowledge, but nothing beats experiencing these colours firsthand. This is more than just painting a wall; it's about creating a sanctuary you'll call home.

Don't Leave It to Chance—See for Yourself!

Why risk something as important as the colour that will define your space? Forget digital swatches and take action. Visit us at Daly's to experience the Colourtrend palette under varying lighting conditions.

? Book a personal consultation at our Daly's shop today. Witness firsthand how different lighting conditions transform your favourite colours and make an informed choice you'll adore for years to come.

? Request a Colourtrend Sample Kit: Still on the fence? Grab a sample kit and try the colours in the comfort of your own home. See how they engage with your lighting conditions and existing décor.

#TheDalyDose of Reality: Your Perfect Colour Awaits!

Digital screens can deceive, but your eyes won't. Stop the guesswork and start seeing. Pop into the store and find your ideal shade today. We promise—it's an experience that goes far beyond a mere colour choice.

So, are you ready to turn your vision into a vivid reality? Click the link below to schedule your visit today.

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