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