Ask a Color Expert – Christine

A neutral living room showcasing brown, black and white furniture and decorative elements.
Colorfully, Behr fans are invited to submit questions via the Ask Erika portal on the blog site. All questions will be answered! An inquiry came in recently from a reader named Christine regarding a color and lighting issue. Read on for advice from our team of experts:
I recently painted a room in Behr’s Old Map. I love the colour at night, but in the day with sunlight it looks pink. I was wondering if there is a similar colour that doesn’t look pink/purple during the day. Thanks.
A paint drop showcase of color called Old Map.
Our expert replied:
Hi Christine,
Based on the information that you have provided, light browns can be a problem because the lighter the brown the more pink it will look.  Like many other colors, especially grays, lighting and ambient conditions can make a color appear totally different depending on the time of day. Below are three different paint colors which are similar in tone but may not change as dramatically for you to consider.  They are Natural Almond PPU4-12, Casual Khaki N300-3 and Toasty Gray N320-2.

A group of three paint spill, colors incluse: Natural Almond, Casual Khaki and Toasty Gray.
Due to differences in monitors and technical factors, the colors here cannot be represented with their true qualities.  These color samples should only be considered a guide.  Please refer to actual swatches for true color.  We strongly recommend beginning with an 8 oz. sample container of the color you choose and apply it to a small area on your wall to ensure your satisfaction with the color choice. It is always a good idea to see how the light and ambient conditions affect the color at different points in the day.
Thank you for taking the time to email us and we wish you well in all your future paint projects.

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Comments (6)

  • Anne says...

    I am looking for a light neutral gray color to paint my living room and Bedrooms. What colors would you recommend?
    Thank you,

    • Deanna Torrez says...

      Hi there Anne!
      We recommend Chic Gray PPU26-10, Classic Silver PPU18-11 or Graycloth PPU26-09.
      Colorfully Yours,

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