This post is about an eDesign consultation! I was so thrilled to receive ‘after ‘ photos of this project because this house is so pretty!
Here’s what my client shared in her questionnaire:
We just moved in and are planning to be here for 20+ years. We love that the only other owners designed and built this house in 1959 and had an obvious love for this house.
We love that much of the mid century deign is still here, the fretwork, pendant lights, and completely original bathroom with original tiles and fixtures.
I don’t love my kitchen because it looks like it does not belong in a mid century modern home. I’m replacing the black appliances with stainless, looking to change the sink and faucet. Don’t like the tile floor but it will have to stay for awhile. Also most of the trim is painted various shades of orange.
Here is her lovely entrance with the original pendants lights and fretwork:
Here are some before pics
You can really see how pinky/orange the fretwork is in this before photo (above).
Living room with original wood panelling that’s staying, freshened up with white drapes. You can see the cherry kitchen from this open plan (above).
Here’s the pink/orange/green grey undertone stone fireplace:
Original fireplace which is staying. Another view of the open plan interior:
I chose a navy blue (BM Newburyport Blue) from her living room decor and suggested she paint her chairs the same colour to create flow in the kitchen.
Here’s the cherry kitchen:
You can see that the cabinets have a nice classic raised panel style and are nicely designed to go all the way to the ceiling without an awkward gap between the uppers and the cabinets a common issue I talked about here.
Here’s an example of what my eDesign Slides look like
In order to make her kitchen look more current and relate better to her house, all she needed was a new colour for her cabinets, the little bit of drywall in the kitchen and her decorative fretwork and these are the two options I gave her:
How to Test Paint Colours
These are the test photos (below) she sent with both colours looking good with the existing tile floor.
Notice that the paint colour test boards are shown with white paper behind so that the colours are isolated (so we don’t make the mistake of comparing them to the old colours). Had these test boards been propped up directly against the cherry cabinets (that will be painted), it would have been harder to accurately see how they were relating to the floor (that stays). The deep reddish tones of the cherry cabinets would have inaccurately influenced the look of the colours being tested.
The paint colours are also in the same position in relation to the floor that they would be once kitchen is painted. Laying the paint colours flat on the floor DOES NOT give you an accurate read.
You can see that both these neutrals work well with her existing tile floor (above).
She also sent these photos, correctly testing the potential cabinet colours with the countertop. This helped us determine that Accessible Beige was the right choice because it provided more contrast with her cream countertops.
Here’s what her kitchen looked like before:
Here’s the lovely after:
SW Accessible Beige
After | I am including these surface mounts as a suggestion for new lighting.
Other side of the kitchen before (above)
She also repeated the navy in the throw rug, accessories and roman shade (above). | After
After | Notice the vignette in the right corner of her kitchen. Something you’d see from across the room!
Here is another view of her pinky/orange fretwork in the staircase (below). You can also see how green her radiators are in comparison:
And here’s the new paint colour and some lovely styling by my client:
How to do this kind of eDesign consultation is exactly what we will be covering on Day 3 of my Specify Colour with Confidence workshop along with the Business of Colour.
EDesign is getting bigger and bigger but everyone is busy selling furniture, very few designers are offering COLOUR ADVICE ONLINE which I’ve been doing since 2010. Having a niche where you can specify colour ONLINE is fabulous because
I will also show you how to shop online so you can be much more confident that the colour will be correct when it arrives on your doorstep. How many times have you been annoyed and disappointed when what you ordered was nothing like you expected?
The best part of attending my 3 day workshop is that I’ve done all the legwork for you! It took me 10,000 hours to discover and master this system, but YOU can learn it in just three days!
My course has you working up close with a variety of granite, tile, and fabric samples, and when you know how to compare them all properly, you’ll be able to confidently chose the right colour.
It seems a little magical until you discover it for yourself in my three-day training.
Through the art of comparison, you’ll discover how to explain to your clients WHY the colours you’re suggesting are correct. And this moves your business from one where you’re giving advice via your intuition vs. using your intuition to guide you to give the right advice and then at the same time, being able to explain why it’s right.
This builds trust, and the more your clients trust you, the better your (and their) experience of the entire job will be and the faster you’ll become at choosing colours for EVERYTHING, not just paint colour.
If you’d like to become the next True Colour Expert™ in your area register here.
For help with any decorating project that has you going in circles, you can find our eDesign consultations here.
ps. I’ve had my fabulous wordsmith Irene Hill and my artist/Senior Colour Designer Tricia Firmaniuk here at the house in Palm Desert all week! We are finalizing the details of my colour wheel and working on updates to my first ebook! Very productive!
Irene Hill, Maria Killam, Tricia Firmaniuk