Thursday, November 20, 2008

Choosing Color By Name - A Good Decision or Not?

Choosing Color By Name - A Good Decision or Not?

I have just come back from a meeting to choose some colors for an office fitout, and I am amazed. I must say after all the years of choosing colors for interiors, I have just been introduced to a new method.

This method has no particular theory behind it except that they liked the names of the colors and they looked good side by side.

In New Zealand we have a paint company called Dulux, they have created a color palette where the colors are named after places in New Zealand.

My clients chose their colors based on New Zealand locations! Yes, I am amazed, and I must admit it was quite refreshing for a change to have all the color theory that I have ignored and this new way of choosing colors revealed.

Obviously I did have some input into guiding them to their color combinations, but if it didn't have the right name they weren't interested.

So who needs an interior designer when we can choose the color scheme by the paint color name?

Everyone does because we still have to put all the colors together into a schedule and specify the types of paints to be used and where they need to go but today has reminded me of an important aspect of working with clients, they want to have input and if they can "feel" that they have done it themselves then they are so much more proud of their interior than if they have just been told what colors they are going to get.

So don't forget the client, be open to new ways of choosing colors, and for a refresher on your color theory visit

Have fun using colors for your interiors.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

How to Cure Interior Designer's Block

You have heard of writer's block, but what about interior designer's block?

Boy, it's worse by far.


Because people employ us to be creative and we don't have years to do it like some novel writers have, we can't just walk away and come back in a few weeks. People are waiting for something exciting and new, a creation that will fulfill their dreams, and they want it now. They want fresh new ideas, something different to everyone else, and why shouldn't they get it?

They should, but sometimes you feel that you just don't have anything more to give. Your ideas have dried up, the brief you have to work with is boring and uninspiring or worst of all you just can't be bothered. Oh no......what do you do?

What do you do when you just can't create anymore?

Take a holiday!

Yes, go and do something completely different. You don't have to jump on a plane and take a weeks long vacation, but take some time out and recharge you batteries. Have a change of scenery. Go somewhere you wouldn't normally go, visit the library or museum, sit on the river bank, visit the beach, go for a walk in the forest, bungy jump!

Do something outside your comfort zone, find something exciting to do and get the adrenalin going again. Buy yourself flowers, eat a whole box of chocolates, try some spicy food, visit a restaurant you normally just walk past, absorb some other cultures, join a group activity, get involved in something different.

I guess what I am trying to say is re energize yourself away from interior design. Forget about it for a while and that way when you come back to the project that gave you designers block you will be able to approach it with a fresh perspective on life, you may see the project in a different light, and just wait, you will start to see all sorts of new and interesting ideas pop into your head, the brainstorming of ideas will start to flow again!

I speak from experience. Personally when I get designer's block, I go to the pool! I swim and it is amazing how the experience of floating, moving through the water and hearing it gurgling in your ears cleans out your mind and I come out rejuvenated and full of enthusiasm and ideas, I don't know what it is but just getting away from the office and everything design related makes a big difference. This works for me, but everyone is different and you will find your own designer's block cure over time. I hope this has given you some ideas for when it happens to you!

I haven't got any specific articles on the website related designer's block but if you want to read more about creating you could visit color and nature or how to create a color scheme, the design process or just go and have a browse at

Bye for now.

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