What Colour Are Those Antique Windows?

What Colour Are Those Antique Windows?

Do you remember these antique windows I bought back in the summer?

Well, my brother was over the other day and he asked if they were blue or gray. I’ve always looked at them as gray, but decided to get out my Benjamin Moore colour decks and see what they had to say.

It was interesting because the leading is definitely a blue-gray, and in person is almost a perfect match to BM’s Eclipse 2132-40.

Eclipse 2132-40

The paint on the frames is also blue-gray, but depending on the light, dances between two different colours…

Pilgrim Haze 2132-50, the bluer undertone of the two, and a lighter shade of Eclipse.

Pilgrim Haze 2132-50

And Gull Wing Gray 2134-50, still a cool undertone, but with less blue in it.

Gull Wing Gray 2134-50

You can hardly see the difference between them here.

So this is another view of these BM colours next to the window. Keep in mind how the computer skews colour.

This is just to show you the slight difference between Gull Wing Gray (top) and Pilgrim Haze (bottom). And also so you can see how close Eclipse (middle) is to the colour of the leading.

This next close-up shot gives you a better look at how slight the difference is between Gull Wing Gray and Pilgrim Haze, yet what a difference there actually is next to the frame. Notice how Pilgrim Haze (bottom) almost blends with the frame, compared to the slight contrast of Gull Wing Gray (top) against the frame?

So in answer to my brother’s question, the frames are actually gray… a blue-gray, but still gray. Did the frames look blue or gray to you?

I thought this was a great example of what it’s like to work with colour. One person’s perception or interpretation may not be another’s. Just like one computer may show the same colour completely different from another. And, if I was actually going to paint something to match the window, my next step would be to paint up large colour boards in these colours so they show true. Remember, the paint chips are only a place to begin!

Do you like to work with colour, or would you rather have someone work with it for you?



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Photos: Sheila Zeller

4 thoughts on “What Colour Are Those Antique Windows?”

  • Colour is so unpredictable – it can look one way on a chip and a completely different way in real life, depending on the light and the colours around it. Our family room is BM Silver Marlin, and it changes over the course of the day from a light blue to a bluey-grey to turquoise at night.

    I love those windows 🙂 They look grey to me in the first picture, and blue in the following pictures with the paint chips. Seeing as the colour on the windows didn’t change, my guess is that the paint chips are bringing out the blue in the window frames.

    Colour can be challenging to work with, but kind of magical too 🙂

  • I love working with color but I don’t have a good track record of picking them out for my walls. Any other object I don’t do too bad at but I’ve had my walls painted several times because I botched up. Love those colors!!!

    • I think the best thing to do with colour is change it if you’re not happy with it. Too many people live with it in spite of not loving it. Kudos to you Tracey, for persevering! 🙂

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