I've been going back an forth with a client on a colour scheme in their kitchen for about two weeks. It's a bit of a unique situation, but there's another designer on board for the rest of the house because neither of us have the capacity to complete the whole home alone. This is where design democracy comes in.
Other designer came in Saturday during her errands in the morning. We chatted a bit about the direction, some suggested changes we both were thinking about, and an overall resale strategy, and we were the same of opinion but a bit different in some aspects. No problem, it's negligible because it's not our house.
Client shows up in the afternoon (HUGE thank you to Christy at FloForm for rushing out the, not one, not two, but three 12"x12" samples of Cambria Quartz in New Haven, it really sealed the deal) to inspect the colour scheme for the kitchen with the larger countertop samples. An hour goes by, and finally we have two solid options (top image) to run with. But, here's the kicker, Client asks the other two designers that were in their opinion of the colour schemes - and now there are a total of four design opinions. Talk about leveraging your experts!
I wasn't happy with the colour scheme majority question, so feeling a little ego bruised, I Tweeted and posted to Facebook the two options.
Old World Richness
Left side, View in Kuler
New World Serenity
Right side, View in Kuler
Option A: 5 votes (33%)
Option B: 11 votes (69%)
One third of people prefer an analogous (colours that are directly beside each other on the colour wheel) colour scheme. This is the current state and the future state of design, and we know this because the proof is in the success of neutral designs of white on white, taupe, builders beige... all more rock steady.
Two thirst of people prefer a complementary (colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel) colour scheme. This is still a relevant state of design, an less successful because the mood of the people change depending on socio-economic issues. The selection of the complement is always in flux. This only proves that we are emotional beings and less logical than we think we are.
When the texture is removed from the equation, it is more noticeable that the colour schemes are similar. I was beginning to think all biometric and that it had to do with eye colour or skin tone, blah, blah, blah. However, by the amount of diversity in the opinions I have to say that my opinion has changed because I do not think that Option B will stand the test of time, it's seasonal; where as Option A can be found constantly.
I fully understand the power of my veto vote, and that it is my opinion alone, but I think that once you critically think the colour choices, rather than let our ego become attached to the influence of the colour choice, then it becomes pretty clear that Option A is the winner.