One question I get a lot during my Specify Colour with Confidence Workshops is about lighting, what it does to colour, how to manage that effectively, etc.
Basically the answer to that question is this: If you notice that the colour you chose went pink beige (or the wrong beige/grey) in the lighting, the possibility that you actually chose the wrong beige is much greater than the light turned the colour into a pink beige. Yes there are times when the light turns a colour into something completely different. However, knowing which undertone is right for the room is 90% of the battle.
Maria's Living Room
Here's the thing. The greige in my living, family room and kitchen (Rice Paper from Cloverdale CA037) in some lights during the summer, in my kitchen it turns pink beige. The reason is the colour of my patio outside is a butterscotch/orange shade and when the sun comes around it reflects into my kitchen walls and turns them pink beige.
This does not bother me because the colour looks right the rest of the time.
And how do you know you've chosen the right undertone? By knowing what to look for from doing my colour training in addition to large samples.
Not one designer leaves my course without purchasing them once they realize you can't choose neutrals without them.
Complex neutrals? No.
It's nice to have colours in large samples but you can still choose the right colour without a big sample. With neutrals, it's virtually impossible.
Back row: Heather Laing, Tannis Redekopp, Greg Bayless, Gigi Watson, Karla Dreyer, Lynda Sammons, Carol-Anne Makeley Front row: Ruth Chancellor, Maria Killam, Lisa Moon, Linda Pritchard, Lisa Loveless
This was Vancouver's class of new True Colour Experts in Vancouver this month! We had our first male attend! Another architect (above), this time from Hawaii.
At dinner on Thursday night, I was having a conversation with Tannis who said:
"I am confident in my design decisions, whether it be space planning, flow and function, style, lighting, and so on, but when it came down to color I quite often got that nagging feeling of "I am not sure", and not having the 100% confidence in my color choices. So when I am in doubt I always go to the experts for advice. That is why I ended up at your workshop, for expert advice, in school we learned "beware of the undertones" but that was it, a simple warning but no explanation. I now have that explanation! I have come away from your workshop with a renewed confidence and understanding of color, and more importantly it's undertones." Tannis Redekopp, CID
This is Carol-Ann and Linda (above), two designers from La-Z-Boy in Calgary. They gave me this set of coasters in my favourite colour with my True Colour Expert logo inside each one (below).
Maxwell Fabrics (above) once again sponsored all the fabric samples we worked with in class.
Interior Design by Ruth Chancellor
Heather Laing & Maria Killam
Plaster effect by Lisa Moon, San Antonio Murals
"Can't thank you enough for such a career-enhancing class!! Best investment I've made in God knows how long." Lisa Moon
Irene Hill, my wonderful design associate, copywriter, in charge of the Universe.
"I found you and Irene to be a thoroughly delightful host and your collective program content provided a life altering view for me. I will miss the daily slide review (I could do that for hours…)." Gigi Watson
Toronto's workshop in April is more than half full! Register here for either.
Great news, I am working on creating some additional sets of colours so those of you that have them can add to your collection. I was thinking of doing 10 colours in a variety of blues and greens and 10 accents. So please list which colours you would love to have in the comments below!
If you would like your home to fill you with happiness every time you walk in, become a client
To make sure the undertones in your home are right, get some large samples!
If you would like to learn how to choose colour with confidence, become a True Colour Expert. April in Toronto and Vancouver in May.