'We have always tried to solve colour conundrums with rules. In my experience, every rule about colour is a rule that colour will break, but this doesn't stop us from trying'. Quote from Janice Linsdsay's book, All About Colour.
I find it fascinating that it's human nature to want to break the rules or at the very least be the exception to the rule. "Please let me be the special one!", is the background conversation around breaking the rules.
Every day I get comments from readers who disagree with one of my posts.
For the record, it doesn't bother me if you disagree with me. The reason my blog has a large following is because I have a strong point of view.
If you find my blog while searching for the answer to a question that is keeping you up at night and you like my opinion to your current dilemma, you'll keep reading. And if you don't, you'll move on.
It's much easier to begin the process of designing a home you love when you know what you like and what you don't like. Having a sense of what you like however, will not automatically give you a designer look and feel unless that is a talent you already possess.
A client recently took me to a furniture store that she loved to help her choose the pieces that would work for her home. She confessed that the first time she walked in, she left almost immediately because she felt completely overwhelmed.
I truly believe in the statement "Hire a professional for everything you can't do professionally yourself", however if hiring a designer is not in your budget, then the second best way to get a house that you love is to follow the rules.
In my True Colour Expert Workshops, I teach designers, decorators, architects, homeowners and stagers the rules as I have created them inside my system of understanding undertones.
As a professional, once you know the rules, you can break them. Not only can you break them, but you must as every situation is different and usually requires a custom solution.
This advice is for me as well by the way. If I tried to design the landscaping for my house myself, I better follow the rules because I'm not a landscape designer.
So instead of emailing me to ask if your countertop is the exception to the 'subway tile rule' that you've read on my blog, just find the colour that works and install it.
Over to you? What do you think?
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