Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
I'd like to dedicate this post to everyone who has ever felt glassy eyed while standing in front of thousands of paint chips in the store!
Question......How Many Paint Samples Does it Take Before you can Choose one?
My client's objective was simple, "Give us a new room with new color! We want a fresh look and feel".
Sounds easy enough doesn't it? I mean, selecting paint colors is easy - what's the problem? Just ask everyone you know what color they've had success with and buy a couple gallons.
That's why this project is still one of my favorites because my client was a trade professional in the paint industry with over 40 years experience and was considered an expert in his field and yet couldn't get this room right!
The reason he couldn't get it right was because he wasn't trained as an interior designer. Choosing colors correctly is hard so don't feel bad if you get glassy eyed staring at all those color chips--you are not alone! I know most Interior Designers hate selecting paint colors!
And I understand why....because paint is either the least expensive or most expensive design decision you'll make.
Because it affects everything sweet-ums!
The color in your home affects your mood, productivity, and sense of well-being. Nothing transforms and enhances a room or your mood like color!
So please don't beat yourself up! It takes time and training to know how to use color properly in your space.
I evaluate your space, lighting, existing elements and undertones because there is a lot more to just selecting a pretty or popular shade of paint.
Now my clients did not ask me to create the above concept board. I created it as a courtesy for them because they were having a hard time pulling it all together after the room was painted. I often find that clients need a little extra help visualizing what their new room will look like. That's why I provided them with a simple concept board to help them take the guess work out of the project and speed up the process so the room could be finished in time for her birthday.
And here's what they wrote on their thank you note to me.......
"This was our first experience working with an interior designer and our bedroom project was a real challenge. We wanted a bright, cheerful, peaceful paint color to replace the dreaded rose color on the walls. Karen was so helpful and knowledgeable and had so many ideas for the room. With her help we chose a lovely color from Sherwin Williams. We then painted the existing chest of drawers white, purchased new valances, turned the quilt over (it was white), and hung a couple of pictures that were previously in another room (but looked much nicer in here) and added some nice pillows and accents and replaced the rug with a soft sand color. We have a brand new look which is absolutely peaceful and tranquil and makes me smile every time I enter the room. Karen is very professional as an interior designer. I would recommend her for any size project. We are 100% satisfied with our experience with Karen."
There are several reasons why this has been my favorite color consultation and it wasn't just because of the dramatic difference color made in the room. It was also because my client was very appreciative of my work.
She was constantly encouraging me and very supportive. She sent me notes and told me each time we met how the new room was such a blessing to her.
This is important to any sensitive artist as we learn to discern the voices in our head. You know, the ones that say, "you have something worthwhile to share" versus the ones that say, "this is stupid and a waste--get a real job!"
But there's also another reason why this project was so special to me and it is kinda bitter sweet.
You see, sweet Charlene only got to enjoy this room for about 18 months. That's the bitter part. The sweet part is she is now enjoying a much better room. One that our dear Savior prepared for her. And I guess it doesn't get much better than that does it?
Thanks for all the encouragement Charlene! You were the one that blessed me!
I hope you enjoyed the post and have plans this weekend to enjoy the special place God has prepared for you too---wherever it is!
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Welcome to my personal design notebook. If you already know me, then you know my mother suffers from Alzheimer's disease. During this journey with her, I realized how important it was to keep a record of the things that reflect who I am and what is important to me, because one day my memories too, may be gone and what would that mean to the people God gave me to care for and the good works He gave me to do? So here is where I share the important stuff so that you can learn real design, not decorator tricks, but fundamental and salient concepts to apply so that you can create your own exemplary home and so that my family and I can remember the life we lived and created here in our home, our sacred place. Because my work is important, this is also where I share my favorite design projects and how good design enhanced their lives as well. I hope you're inspired and encouraged as I share my memories, my work, my mission & my life. Many blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)