Have you ever wondered exactly how I discovered my system of Understanding Undertones™ that I teach to designers, decorators, architects, home stagers and colour enthusiasts from around the world?
I didn't see the subtle undertones in neutrals myself until I started using large colour boards. So really, they are a huge contribution to the existence of my entire system.
There are way too many colour choices that are just plain wrong made daily by professionals and homeowners alike.
If you would like your confidence in specifying colour to go from 0-60 in one minute, you need your own private collection of large sample boards.
I have had so many requests for another collection of large samples that designers or homeowners can use to make accurate colour choices and they are finally here!
My new collection of large samples includes the best greens, blues, some good greige neutrals (everyone wants greige these days) a few yellows (they are hard to choose, sometimes you end up with a caution sign) and darks. The best brown, black, charcoal, navy and a few in between. There are no duplicates between my Core Collection and this new VIP Collection.
Where can you use your large samples?
To decide that a black painted interior door is really a good idea. . . or not.
How about a Navy Blue painted front door? Much easier to decide with a big sample propped up in front of the door.
When deciding on a blue bedroom or a green office and you have to paint NOW. And you don't have any bedding or fabrics picked out? Much easier to choose when you can see a large sample.
All I have to do is pull out a green and/or blue from my stash and really no matter which ones I suddenly wave around, my client happily and confidently says "I like those".
What about the client whose surround tile is just plain ugly and you know it would look fabulous painted black! Easy to show that this is a great idea!
What about greige. When your client asks for it, how can you show her that she needs one that is a slightly more blue/green, vs. a grey green, or a blue green.
Totally impossible without a large painted sample that is strong enough to be wedged behind a stone fireplace, propped up everywhere and leaned up against the crown moulding beside a tile floor if necessary.
As I've said before, if you are in the business of specifying colour you need to be able to pull off the following:
Pull your clients space together using the right colour that seems to work with everything.
Create magic whenever possible.
or and this is the best kind of colour. . .
Take an "OMG we need to rip this kitchen/bathroom out ASAP to WOW I can live with it for another year while I spend money on other more urgent areas of the house you're a genius thanks!"
You don't have to buy them from me, (you can also paint them yourself) but I'm telling you right now, you can't specify colour accurately without them.
And at $297 for 50 large samples including shipping, they work out to about $6.00 each. By the time you buy the tester, foam roller, poster board, it'll be a few dollars more.
My large boards are hand painted, the first 40 were immediately snapped up by the True Colour Experts who participate on my private forum.
The next 40 will be ready to ship this week and we have already sold 9 sets so if you want a set sooner rather than later, you can buy them here.
If you have them already, please post a comment and tell us what you think!
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