As Interior Designers, one of the first topics we discuss with a new client is COLOR. We want to know what colors they like and what colors they dislike. Most likely, this is one of the questions on your “New Client Questionnaire”.
I had something very interesting happen to me last week. I was presenting a new design concept to a returning client of mine. A few months ago, we completed their terrace level Family Room and Home Theater. We used a color combination of neutrals paired with Navy and Fresh Green and they absolutely loved it. Blue was one of their favorite colors.
We are now working on the main level of their home, the Living Room, Dining Room and Music Room. I already knew this couple loved color and they were very happy with blue and green. The Kitchen walls were painted a great shade of coral and the homeowner wanted to use that as a starting point.
Where would you start with your design direction?
My mind went straight to Navy! I found a gorgeous new introduction from Robert Allen that married Navy and Coral beautifully and it was PERFECT! Or so I thought it was perfect.
This will give you an idea of the direction I was headed.
When I pulled out the Navy and Coral fabrics, I could see the expression change on my clients face. I could tell something was wrong. It was as if she was having an allergic reaction to what she was seeing. I had never experienced that before, this was serious!
After a couple deep breaths, she explained that she could NEVER use Blue and
Coral Orange together in her home. Not only does she have bad memories of that combination but also she said her family would never step foot in her home again. LONG STORY! Have you ever heard such a thing? I would love to hear your experiences with something like this, please leave me a comment below. What did you do?
Here is what I did…..
I quickly tossed the Navy rug and opted for one that was more neutral. In my bag of tricks (and backups), I had a beautiful Suzanne Kasler fabric for Lee Jofa. It is linen, floral, and GORGEOUS! At first sight, everyone was breathing easy again and everyone was happy, crisis averted!
When I am presenting to a client, my fabrics are always loose and fluid. Pieces can easily be moved around, touched or even omitted. As long as my initial design concept is strong and stays consistent, I do not ever have a problem substituting a fabric or two.
Had I only presented the one original option to my client, the meeting would have been cut short and over very quickly. Thanks to a little planning, a little backup, we are back on track and headed toward another successfully designed home.
And by the way, the other two rooms were a home run. We did not need to change a thing. They even agreed to a new drastic furniture arrangement in the Living Room, which will completely transform the flow and feel of their home. And wait until you see the Music Room, they are over the moon with excitement.
This is just another example of how we as designers are NOT perfect and we do not always get it right the first time. Great design is a process and one that is always evolving and changing and you have to be willing to go with the flow.
We sure can learn from each other’s trials as well as tribulations. Do not be afraid to share the bad with the good and make learning a lifetime labor of love! Here is to my next lesson in design and yours too!
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