Toning Heart Pine Away from Orange towards Yellow

A basic example of using color-wheel knowledge to choose a tinting strategy. July 26, 2010

How do I get the natural orange hue of my heart pine to a more yellowish hue?

Forum Responses
(Finishing Forum)
From contributor M:
Can you share more details about what you are trying to accomplish? Are you attempting to get the sap wood to a closer match of the color of the lighter areas, or are you trying to change the color tone of the entire surface? Sometimes we do the opposite - we try to get the light soft wood to a darker color to match the sap streaks. Sometimes we try to change the overall appearance of the entire pine surface to better match existing furniture. Which is it?

From contributor G:
I think I know what he's trying to do. He wants the orange of the heart pine to be yellow instead. That's a tough order, but you may get something acceptable by misting on a very light transparent coat of a green-yellow (as opposed to an orange-yellow). The green part will brown up the red in the orange while the yellow will brighten and yellow the overall look.

From contributor W:
You can use the color wheel to get the right stain. For orange color the opposite to go brown color is black or blue. Since you want to get yellow, your color should be a mix of a yellow and black or blue. It is green. So the stain color you need is green.

From the original questioner:
Thanks for all the replies. I have decided to keep it natural. Let nature do its thing and in time it will all match.