I have lost count of the number of times I have been hired to help a homeowner ‘correct’ a colour issue created by a designer who chose finishes without knowing how to combine the undertones of the colours and neutrals of the tiles or granite they had selected.
This bathroom of one of my on-line clients is typical of so many that I have seen over the years (she inherited it when she moved in). The countertop and tile are completely different undertones and do not relate to each other in any way. What would your advice be for this homeowner? Take this test. . .
If your answer to question #1 was NO. You might benefit from my Specify Colour with Confidence™ Training. The foundation in colour every designer and do-it-yourself homeowner should have is ‘how to combine neutrals’. Selecting a ‘colour’ is usually way easier than pulling a room together with the right neutral for the wall or furniture if that is what is required.
When I first started colour consulting, it took me probably about 6 months to even see neutrals or beige as an alternative to colour, I was so convinced that my job was simply to choose colour. However most homes are not simply a kaleidoscope of colour even if you live in Florida! Even a homeowner who loves colour will inject neutrals somewhere either on the walls or in the furniture. It’s what makes a space feel balanced and attractive.
Which neutral is then correct?
I have seen many supposedly ‘neutral’ sofas chosen incorrectly without understanding which undertone is right and it can suddenly take what you thought was a ‘neutral go-with-anything’ sofa to a very bossy colour indeed.
And if you are a homeowner about to install these kinds of finishes, look one more time at the inspiration photos you will find on-line. Out of the 50 House Beautiful ‘best bathrooms’ in this link, for example, you can count on one hand how many multi-coloured, tiles (above) are shown including the one I’ve featured in this post.
And it’s why (just like white kitchens) I prefer mostly white finishes in bathrooms. They are clean and beautiful and if they are the ones that make it into magazines, consider that it may be a more timeless alternative for your home.
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