Have you noticed that you can listen to a salesperson list all the features and benefits of a product all day and all night, but if you don’t know what colour to buy. . . ?
You lose sleep at night.
And unless you are in a position where you’re forced to make decisions, like choosing finishes for a new build, you’ll quite often, just walk away without buying anything.
Recently, I was helping a client choose the right flooring colour for her new renovation. In order to make her flooring consistent through the kitchen, great room and hallways her budget was limited to a vinyl look wood floor.
The only item that was already a given, was the wood stained cabinet she had chosen.
After we eliminated most of them we got to the one that resembled a medium brown shade. Not only did it look bad with her cabinet choice, because the undertones did not coordinate, it was not the prettiest sample in the collection. So we chose the second best floor which happened to have grey tones.
Yesterday, I received this email from a reader:
My heart sank while reading your blog “Should you install gray wood floors”
We just bought a townhouse which is in the process of being built. We had two options when it came to picking the flooring, tiles and counter tops; light or dark. Since I’ve been reading your blog I know how you feel about white cabinets so we chose the light option.
The dark option wasn’t really that dark it was more of a dark medium brown. The counters, tile and carpet are pretty much the same colour but the counters and floor seemed a flat, dirty brown.
So we chose the white cupboard option which includes; you guessed it GRAY FLOORS. The gray floors picture enclosed have a purple undertone (I think). After reading your blog I feel like I will hate them already. I could try and ask the contractor if he could install the brown floors but he has already explained to me “these are not custom homes”.
Picture of her floors
Here was my response:
“Let me give you some freedom right now, if you only have two options and the one that’s not totally classic is prettier then the other one, then that’s the right choice.”
Her floor has some yellow (and pink) tones in it and it’s light enough to still read neutral, just like denim. It’s a pretty floor with nice movement, I’m personally not a fan of really flat looking floors with barely any wood grain.”
It’s the dark charcoal ones that are the equivalent of painting your floors charcoal that are trendy.
So here’s the thing,
When you have a budget or you’re working with a builder and you have STANDARD colour choices and finishes to choose from? This will shift your colour choices and may force you to bend the rules of classic and timeless in order to get a coordinated and beautiful colour scheme.
If you are building a home and you have chosen a white kitchen and then you shop for white tiles for bathrooms but the one that you like the best and fits within your budget is cream?
What do you do?
You go with the cream option. And you paint the trim cream in that bathroom, even though it’s white everywhere else.
Maybe It’s not perfect flow, but better to have something that you love that also fits inside your budget, rather than the second best choice.
When have you bent the rules to get what you want?
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