Yesterday, when my on-line client Lori from Seattle got on the phone with me for an exterior and interior consultation (exterior below) she said, “I might have to change my backsplash because of your video blog this morning.”
Before I show it to you, here’s the exterior (above). We tweaked the brown to more of a gray-brown to tie in even better with the roof. We agreed that it looks better coordinated with the roof instead of going lighter. We then chose two colours for her to try to coordinate with the stone that would provide less contrast. The current stucco (as you can see) is too light and chops up the house too much.
First question was about her existing hardwood floor. She’s going to take it through the rest of her house (it’s currently in her family room and kitchen). However, now is the time to take it all out and replace it with the right colour if I thought there was a better one than what she had. I declared it perfect.
Lori has a great eye for design. She wanted some help with the design and finishes for her new master bathroom as well as the colours in her house. She felt they were too dark and wanted a fresher look.
When I saw this photo of her backsplash and granite I thought – beautiful! She found the granite first to coordinate with her fabulous orange range and then installed the backsplash to go with it. She wanted it to look like it was an old stone wall that had been there forever.
Then I saw this close-up (which is exactly what I was talking about in yesterday’s video blog-patterned tile and patterned stone—very hard to coordinate) and Lori said, “It’s done on this side of the kitchen but not on the other side yet, should I change the backsplash to coordinate better?” And this is what I asked her:
1) Did this bother you before my post this morning?
2) How long will you live in this house?
3) Does it bother you now?
Then my advice was to keep it.
It’s kind of like this: Recently my stylist Angie at You Look Fab, posted about how she is “over ruffles.” When I read that, I thought about all the clothes with ruffles – the ones I own, which she selected with me — and I knew that I wanted to be as hip and current as her in that moment. I wondered if I should be “over ruffles” as well in my own wardrobe?
But then I decided, I’m not over ruffles. I like them, they suit me and I am not in the fashion business so I would not get tired of them remotely as fast as she would.
Just like the business of colour trends and design. Which I live, breathe, and eat. Every single day.
So then you should not be surprised when I, walking into yet another house with badly coordinated backsplash tile and granite, would scream, “Subway tile – Quick! And DO NOT STRAY from this advice!”
So, my lovelies, there you go. Just in case you thought I was just a one trick pony and couldn’t see past subway tile. . . here is a perfect example of what I just said NOT TO DO, and now I’m saying DO IT.
The lesson here is. . . context is everything. And it works really well if you know the rules first.
Then, you can break them. Just like we did here.
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