It’s happened to all of us. We pick out a product in a store based on its color, only to get home and find that it doesn’t look like we first thought it did. That sweater that you thought was grey actually has a green tinge to it, or that perfect off-white paint color looks a little too yellow once you apply it to your walls. What’s going on? You may be experiencing an effect known as Metamerism.
Metamerism is a visual phenomenon which can be caused by a number of different factors. The result is that two samples may look the same under some conditions and different under others.
The most common cause of metamerism is that the pigmentation used to make a match is different than that found in the standard. The spectral curves are different even though the L*a* b* values are the same. The effect of different light sources reflecting off of the different materials results in a visual color difference between the two under some lighting conditions.