You know the article you crash into, maybe once a year or so, that gets you so good you feel like you wrote it? I just read one and must share…
Why do I love this so? Probably because I live this scenario, I love the optimistic spin, the happy ending, and all the advice in between. Let me share my 3 favorite points (otherwise we will be here all day :) –
1. “I get a first-impression vibe, which I totally trust, and I said to my clients, “I’ve never seen such a mismatch of interiors to the personality of the homeowners in my life.””
Yes! The vibe… One of the most important design sensibilities you either possess or you don’t. Sometimes I try to fight my own gut instinct for different reasons and this almost always backfires. Good natural instinct is where a designer’s value lies. As a homeowner (myself included), you loose the ability to judge your own space objectively and appreciate it’s redesign potential.
2. “But we took a daring approach to color in a conservative way. If you know you’re going to use purple and turquoise and chartreuse, as we did in the living room, you have to use a lot of white. You need that pale contrast — you have to give the eye a place to rest. Once you have a white base you can work out any combination of colors you want.”
A neutral foundation really allows bright color to shine. When I’m working with clients who are hell bent on bright color, I sometimes feel pressure to offer dramatic paint color solutions. This is probably because paint is a quick fix. Often, the other elements in the room are the real issue. BALANCE is key.
3. “The main objective is to feel good in a room. Whether I’m using gray, red, or orange, I want to achieve the same thing: crisp freshness, without a heavy hand. Soothing, not jarring. Colorful to the point where you won’t get weary of it. I use color because to do that creates happiness. I really believe that. I love color. Nothing makes me happier than a box of crayons. And I think what color did for this house is nothing short of miraculous.”
“Soothing, not jarring”, I should have that wonderful phrase embroidered on my briefcase, ha ha. Thank you House Beautiful and hope you have all been inspired.