I’ve recently spoken to some fellow designers and guess what? They all seem to get requests for the same gray paint color. While Gray is a great neutral, I think it’s time to stretch the palette!
It’s easy for clients to go with the trend-the images they see on the internet or in magazines are a big influence. But I like to get my clients to break free from the same old, same old and believe me, it ain’t easy. However, getting to know clients a little bit better with some key questions and a little imagination, might offer a solution to this color rut!
These questions may include references to the elements. For example, are you more like air, water, fire or earth? The answer to this question often gives me clues as to whether a client prefers a warm or a cool palette. Do you like a rustic look or something a little bit sleeker? Does drama float your boat or would you prefer a calmer environment? Asking and answering some of these questions might help define their preferences so that their true aesthetic can actually be expressed.
I never know where or how my clients might get inspired. But heading outdoors is a great place to start. Landscapes and sky views offer soothing and unexpected color combinations. I know that the greens are incredibly easy to live with – after all, green is found in all of nature – and combined with the right trim or ceiling color it can be either dramatic or serene.
Discovering unusual color combinations in rugs, textiles and other personal items is another way to reflect a client’s taste. A favorite scarf worn next to their face is a great clue to color preference. And to get really personal, identifying and using a client’s favorite eye shadow palette can be incredibly inspiring and add that personal touch to their space. Many of my clients don’t answer to gray when we go through their make up drawers!