So many of us tend to get caught up in the colour of wood – whether it’s hardwood floors, trims, cabinets, etc. And it often blinds our colour decision-making process. You may be asking what colour works with orange wood, but this isn’t the only question you need to ask.
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However, sometimes a new decorator can forget basic design principles, when faced with a laundry list of requests from our client. This happened to me many times when I was starting out as a new decorator/colour consultant.
And it happened to one of my students, Julia (names have been changed to protect the innocent). This was her question:
Julia: Maria, Please help! I took the Specify Color With Confidence class in October but I’m finding myself unsure of some of the most basic rules. Should the undertones in a space match? For example, in a room with very orange wood floors should the walls be an orange beige complex cream OR just the opposite? Should the walls have a cooler undertone to balance things out? If so, I thought mixing colors that are opposite on the color wheel only intensified each of them. Please advise, as I’m driving myself a little bonkers here.”
Maria: Send me a photo!
Julia: The picture of the kitchen shows more accurately the floor color, which is throughout the entire house
Maria: What’s happening with the decorating?
Julia: I’m sorry, I should have given you more info. As of right now she has someone to paint the walls but she doesn’t have anything but a sofa (pic below) in a grayish-blue. It’s a lake house they just purchased so they don’t have much else to work around besides the floors, stone fireplace and sofa. I didn’t bother showing more of the kitchen because the undertones are all over the place (taupe backsplash, green beige counters, etc). She’s most concerned with the living/dining area now. I feel like I don’t know when to match undertones and when to mix them. Thank you so much for your help!!!!
Maria: So when you searched my blog for the answer what did you find? I’m going step-by-step because I want to learn how I can make this more clear. So pretend this is your house. You have a blue grey sofa, and the wood is all orange. If the right colour pulls your space together, what is the right colour?
It was two very long days! I was inspired, but burnt out on Monday. I am still glad it was condensed like that, and there is nothing I would have wanted to leave out, so I am not sure what could be done about it.
Thank you to Maria Killam and her team for an AMAZING class! Despite the class being virtual, I learned so much in the 2 days and I feel absolutely more confident with specifying color. I love Maria Killam’s teaching style. Her informative overviews and deep dives into color, shows her authenticity and enthusiasm. I have so much to take away from this class as I continue in my interior design journey. I LOVED THIS CLASS! Erica Banks
There were several take-aways but the one that resonated the most for me is: A color consultation goes beyond choosing paint colors for a wall, because you’re also advising on the colors for furniture and decor in order to create a cohesive color scheme that flows throughout.In the past I would focus on specifying color that works well with every element in a room, and sometimes that’s just not possible. Now I understand that it’s better to let a client know what would look better, what could be added or removed to enhance the color scheme. Joanne Williams
I liked Maria’s “rants” — they were insightful.
Loved the class. I expected Maria to teach color but not all the additional training in trends, lighting, decorating, vignettes, her go-to-List of colours, how to conduct a color consultation and much more training I didn’t expect. 😀😀😀 Deborah Koker
Ever wondered what to say when you’re client won’t listen? Here’s one thing you can say: