Clients are often influenced by trends; however, not all trends can weather longevity, and it’s wise to defer to your designer’s insights. It is better to get in front of color trends and choose what is durable from the trend pattern. Your designer is familiar with how trend patterns evolve and apply, and he or she will advise what is best for durability as well as budget.
Remember the analogy of baking a cake? Your color scheme development is similar to an evolving recipe – including awareness of how your scheme will play out across a variety of materials and textures. Your designer has the experience and skill to help you bake it right for a pleasing, durable and balanced outcome.
There is a big difference between caution and safety concerning your color decisions. Caution allows for flexibility and creativity in your use of color. Safety is more like basic black with pearls – it provides the security of a no- fail, proven combination, but puts some limits on innovation.
Here again, your professional designer can maintain a creative compromise that acknowledges trends, employs caution, and considers safety – but not at the expense of excitement and innovation.
When your designer advises you on your color preferences and choices, that advice has an eye to the future. A well-chosen color scheme that harmonizes the basic elements of walls, floors, and carpeting, will allow for simple future modifications in accessorizing.
When you want to freshen an environment at some future time, you should be able to do that successfully without completely changing the basics. That is why your choices at the front end must have future considerations in mind.
The reverse is also true. You may want to change paint or carpeting without having to completely re-do furnishings and accessories. Early decisions must have many layers of consideration in mind.
Our color awareness extends beyond the project environment. We usually wear our favorite colors and combinations, and even extend them to our vehicles and exterior appointments and décor as well. When those factors are taken into consideration it is easy to see the overall impact color has on us and on our environments.
We have all had experiences where we make a secondary decision based on a primary impression that had an emotional impact on our mood. For instance, a place might serve delicious food, but the environment feels dark and gloomy and creates a negative affect. Likewise, another environment might seem cavernous, overly bright, loud and off-putting even though there is a product or service there which we would like to acquire.
The closest impaction relative to color is light. The too dark environment suffers the same problem as the overly bright one: all color applied to either of them is intricately involved and compromised by how light is used and accessed.
Each aspect of your interior design project is intimately connected to every other aspect. It is the responsibility of your designer to have a finger on the pulse of every conduit of the process. With specific expertise, the heart of the project, your vision, is kept on track. Color and light are inextricably bound together.
Robert Boccabella, B.F.A., Certified Interior Designer
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Collaboration & Writing: Ms. Zoe Tummillo