In a consultation a little while ago I walked into a beautiful white, modern kitchen and everything was still. . . white.
That’s right – no accent colour at all. My client said she didn’t want to commit to a colour because she wasn’t sure which one was the right one.
When I’m on the phone with potential clients booking our consultation and I ask which colours they are currently decorating with or what their favourite colours are and they are reluctant to say.
I find there is a phenomenon that goes on when one is talking to the designer. . . I have a theory about it and I also want yours.
1. If you are talking to a designer it’s probably because you’re either tired of the look you have now, you need help with your renovation/colours or you’re craving something new and different (which is why you are calling me, makes sense right?).
2. When I arrive at a client's home to choose colours, rarely do they show me what they have been considering first. They want to see what I’ll come up with instead. It’s like we’re playing poker, and no one wants to show their hand.
Well except me of course, because that’s what you’re paying me for :)
So you don’t want to tell me in case that narrows my suggestions down too much. It’s common that a client will say “I’m open”, but then when I say, “Okay are you a red & purple person? Blue or Green, Yellow or Orange" (that’s the colour wheel, keep it simple) then I get a little further.
It’s probably a little bit of this quote from one of my lovely clients in an on-line consultation last week “I’m not afraid of colour but I’m very afraid of the wrong colour”.
So that’s my theory but here’s my question. Do you see yourself in any of my above theories about colour commitment or do you have another point of view?
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