Semolina, Broadway Lights, Suntan Yellow, Wheatfield: The Color Odyssey

Semolina, Broadway Lights, Suntan Yellow, Wheatfield: The Color Odyssey

Maxwell Ryan
Jan 21, 2005

Patience. Color is a fickle mistress. When we started painting this bedroom above with Semolina last week, we thought we had nailed a beautiful color, but the odd light in the room made it far harder than expected.

We were trying to match the photograph above.

Semolina was great, but had way too much orange in it.

Near the windows, it was lovely, but down the hallway, under electric light, it turned bright orange (top pic).

Next up, we tested Broadway Lights 298 (classic deck) and Suntan Yellow 2155-50. The Broadway had green in it, which we thought might make it better, but it didn't. We repainted the room with the Suntan Yellow (above). This was a shade lighter, but it still had the orange in it that freaked out under the electric light.

Finally, Wheatfield 2159-50. On the third repainting of the whole room (a total of 6 coats) everything settled down nicely (above). Wheatfield looks like a straight beige, but in this odd mix of natural and electic light it is much more yellow and warm.

The lesson? Be patient, paint as much of the wall as you can to test and watch it in all lights before deciding. (Thanks, Mark for all the painting!) MGR

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