So, I had decided for beige walls in the bedroom (or we had, but my intended was onboard the black walls-boat and the wallpaper-boat aswell as this my latest proposal..) Isn’t beige the beigest word in English! Sounds terribly blah and weak. Well it’s not, it’s the new white and a loved child is given many names the Swedish saying goes so how about tan, cafe latte, camel, champagne, khaki, beach, oatmeal, sand and almond to mention a few. Anyhow, it’s one of the most difficult colours to find the right hue of. We bought and tried 11 sample pots. From Farrow & Ball, Alcro and Måleributiken mainly. None of them fitted this specific room. Too dark, too yellow, too red, too beige. The Stockholm-White walls, in all light-directions, transformed into a patchwork of beiges:
OK, so you got 11 small paint cans of imperfect beiges on your table. What would Pippi do? Yupp, make her own blend! So, I took five generous table spoons of the best match, Joa’s White (“J” in the pic). Added a spoon each of the two second bests (lovely colours but not perfects here); Stony Ground and Savage Ground (“FB”, “SG”) I stirred briskly. To lighten this blend a bit and introduce some red to balance out the yellow I added a teaspoon of Måleributikens almost-white powder-rose (left overs from painting the xmas candlestick-lamp) and a teaspoon of Alcro’s Strand (“AS” in pic) I finished off with one more touch of Joa’s white. Stirred it and served the wall. Wait to dry and another layer. Next day: Perrrrrrfect! :) So we took it (painted on a stick) to my fav DIY-store K-rauta. They put my sample under a machine and the nearest shade as per the NCS standard was 1505-Y30R.
The visual blackness is 15 %, and the colour strength (chromaticness) is 5 % (in scale 0-100). | y30r | indicates the ratio between the two chromatic properties y (yellowness) and r (redness) on a scale from 01-99 (0 means that color alone is yellowness as indicated by only y and 100 means that the color has only redness as indicated by just an r). So it’s yellow with 30 % redness. Hence a light, warm-grey-beige colour with a reddish-yellow hue.
1505-Y30R is one classic Swedish “latte colour”!!! Recommended in several Swedish house & home discussion boards! Widely popular. That’s what happens when you go Pippi Longstocking with Farrow & Ball paint..:D Am I complicated or what?!
Now I’ve only seen this paint without daylight, but sofar I join the chorus of praise for 1505-Y30R – it’s an excellent choice :) Need advice on beige paint? Just ask ;) And as for our walls, case isn’t closed…yet.
Update: In daylight, in this particular room, 1505-Y30R was far too pale, almost lilac. Next step was to research the NCS-colour system – which (theoretically) lead me to the hues S1005-Y30R, S1510-Y30R and S1510-Y20R. The first-mentioned colour was too pale, next too yellow, third too red/warm. Conclusion: the NCS – Swedish colour standard system – couldn’t help us here. And all F&B paints are inbetween the NCS-picks; with only “Lime White” being close to a NCS, S1005-Y20R. Lesson taught? Go for a ready-mixed hue. So we’ll buy a few more samples to get the right one:)