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Recently while consulting with clients around their fixed finishes like tiles and countertops or exterior stone I have have been hearing phrases like:
‘It’s matchy, matchy but I think it’s okay’.
‘It’s matchy, matchy is that okay?’
‘I don’t want it to look matchy matchy’.
This same conversation came up again recently when I was in Toronto teaching one of my Specify Colour with Confidence™ classes.
I was wondering out loud why so many people make those statements as if matching finishes was to be avoided at all costs and a participant piped up that HGTV designers are constantly saying ‘We don’t want to be be matchy matchy!’ (or something along those lines).
And then I saw something big that I haven’t seen before and here’s what it is:
When you are selecting fixed elements for your home, countertops, tile, carpet, paint, fireplace stone, sinks, toilets, siding, roofs, etc, etc, if you don’t go out of your way to ensure that all the colours and especially the neutral undertones and whites coordinate, you will in most cases, end up with a mess.
If you need to paint your cabinets and have whites instead of creams in your countertop or tiles and you choose cream instead of a plain white? It will look wrong.
If you chose standard bright white vinyl windows instead of the standard beige [which usually has a green undertone] for the exterior of your house covered in earthy ledge stone, your exterior will look wrong, forever.
A bright white tub in an earthy bathroom without a stitch of white anywhere–bad.
If your old tile doesn’t relate to the new countertop you are installing in your kitchen, or the broadloom you chose doesn’t relate to the connecting tiled entry for example, it will always look like you made the wrong choice.
A Carrara tiled bathroom with green gray (above) instead of blue gray cabinets? Not quite right.
And of course, I could go on and on with similar examples.
So here’s the bottom line: If you don’t go out of your way to make sure that you match the undertones and whites or creams in the fixed finishes you are installing or adding (if you’re renovating), you will not be happy with the result.
There’s nothing fabulous about tile that doesn’t match the carpet that doesn’t match the countertop that doesn’t match the backsplash and doesn’t match the cabinets.
What designers refer to when they say ‘We don’t want it to be matchy matchy’ is around coordinating furniture.
A designers job is to create a ‘collected’ look for any given space that they’ve been hired to decorate.
Look at any beautifully decorated room and you will be hard pressed to find three matching coffee tables, a matched bedroom set or a matchy matchy dining room set.
However, do not under any circumstances assume that the same applies to fixed elements. If you do, you will be annoyed instead of happy every time you see that thing you paid perfectly good money for and now want to rip out.
That is the look I’m trying to save the world from.
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