Every time I hold one of my 3 day colour workshops we take some time in the afternoon on Day 1 and analyze the paint colours in the meeting room we are in and discuss whether the existing colours work or not (they rarely do).
We do this so that my new True Colour Experts can see how to work with my large paint samples. The other very important reason we walk through this process, is to prove that the right colour is always magically in my collection of large paint samples.
How can that be?
Because 80% of the time you are choosing colour for anything, you’re inevitably choosing a neutral.
And if you have a collection that includes all 9 neutral undertones in the world from light to dark, as you would if you had my Core Collection, well, you’ll find it there.
I worked with many large colour samples for years, during the time that I was developing my Understanding Undertones™ system and I started to notice a pattern in which colours I ended up specifying over and over and over again.
That is how my Core Collection of paint samples was born.
In the meeting room below, you can see that the existing green beige colour below the chair rail does not relate at all to the carpet.
The correct paint colour for this room is taupe because the carpet is primarily brown, taupe and pink beige with a little yellow beige (below).
You wouldn’t introduce brown because that would feel dated. For example, if you painted the exterior of your house brown right now, it would instantly date your house 15 years because that’s how long the brown trend has been around.
This is also why understanding where your city is in the trend cycle is very important!
Here I have pulled a pale taupe out of my Core Collection of samples which is essentially what you need every time you need to choose a paint colour to coordinate with furniture or hard finishes.
In this image (above) I have moved the colour sample up to sit on the chair rail but to finalize the correct colour, we had them all sitting on the carpet, propped up against the wall.
What I’m teaching is not a formula that will suddenly become unworkable if the situation you’re in changes. What I teach is a system. A system with a core collection of colours that work 95% of the time that you need a neutral.
Analyzing the minutia of neutrals is way harder than choosing chromatic colours like blue or green. That’s why it’s important to have the most useful ones in your toolkit anytime you need a to choose one.
Neutral vs. Chromatic Colour tip: How you know you’re looking at a neutral over a colour is if you start wondering in your head what the undertone is? It’s easy to look at a blue and call it periwinkle or a green and call it an apple green. You can’t do that with neutrals quite the same way.
If you need a colour and not a neutral for a bedroom for example, first, you decide which duvet you will decorate around and then, you simply match the colour.
It’s easier to see if the colour you are choosing to match the duvet is right or wrong when it is not a neutral. When you are trying to choose a neutral you need to be able to discern whether it is a green gray or blue grey? Purple grey or taupe? Because these complexities are subtle, they are impossible to see without large colour samples.
My VIP Collection (above) has more colours. Greige was trending big time when I introduced this second collection of colours so this set includes the best ones. Plus, blues and greens, a few yellows and 10 dark colours which include the perfect taupe, the perfect black, the perfect brown, etc.
These addtional colours are perfect for when you need to show your client what their bannister will look like painted black, or brown, or their fireplace surround if it needs to be changed. Or if you need a front door or shutter colour, it will most likely be here. There are also more greige and cream shades since they are trending right now.
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Here’s what two of my True Colour Experts said about the boards:
“Ever since I took your training in the Chicago my interior design business hasn’t been the same…thanks to your 11 x 14 exclusive colour boards. My clients take one look at the large colour boards and how I use your system to enlighten them about undertones. They are always in awe and are amazed on quickly we can select the correct color for their space. They feel empowerment in being part of the process as well because they actually can see what the colour looks like in a large format versus a tiny little chip. I have gained new client’s trust much more quickly than in the past.“ Julie Kay Design, True Colour Expert
“I received my set of color boards just a few days after I completed Marie’s Specify Colour With Confidence training. Because I had the boards I could immediately apply the concepts I had learned in the course during my color consultation sessions with clients.
Armed with the boards and the knowledge and confidence I gained at the training, I’ve been able to communicate with my clients in a language they understand…visually. The large samples help my clients truly see the color in context and help me reinforce why the color I’ve chosen for a client’s space is the right one.” Arianna Bellizaire, True Colour Expert
My colour boards are individually painted boards. When you think about what it would cost to make them yourself (around $10 each), you’ll snap them up ASAP.
Here’s the thing, you don’t need to buy my paint samples in order to get your chromatic colours right, but you do need to use large samples to find the right neutral 95% of the time.
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