I have a confession. Lately I've been feeling like a one-trick pony. Because I'm specifying the same grays over and over and over.
Thank goodness I know better.
Shaker Beige (source)
Because here's the thing. When the brown trend was here, it was the same, "Oh, you have an espresso brown sofa, brown floors, and you want a neutral?" It was Shaker Beige, or Stonehouse or Wild Mushroom.
When I first started working at a paint store years ago, there was a very experienced colour consultant who seemed to specify the same colours over and over and I secretly thought, "You must only know 10 colours."
Then the more experience I gathered the more I realized that 80% of the time we specify 20% of the colours. Especially when it comes to neutrals.
Now that the gray trend is here, we're all buying the same furniture aren't we?
If you buy a French chair or an upholstered bed in linen, it's got a slight pink undertone like most plain linen does. So then BM Muslin is the solution. Now that I've painted my bedroom turquoise, the pink in my upholstered linen bed is more noticeable (below) than my last house when the walls matched the bed.
Photo by Maria Killam
And it kinda bugs me.
Not enough to re-paint the room (but if I was so inspired, I'd paint it Muslin) I am loving the turquoise, I think blue really comes to life in master bedrooms. But of course I notice every nuance–always.
So here's how you know if you truly are a one trick pony designer (maybe):
1. If you have a small selection of go-to colours that you use over and over and over no matter what the situation.
I once led a workshop where a participant said she used to work for a designer who only ever specified Muslin. Doesn't matter what the client asked for, all colours came back around to Muslin.
Bottom line: Do not make the mistake of thinking "I'm bored, I'm going to specify _____ colour because I haven't seen it up yet". You will regret it because it will not be as perfect as the colour you already know is as right as rain.
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