Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Well, colour me happy!

I spent most of last weekend freaking out about choosing colours and design details for our house. I thought it would be fun until I realised that there were approximately 7893 things we had to choose. Well, make that I had to choose, since Bike Boy abdicated all responsibility, claiming to have no taste at all. Which is true. Except when it comes to choosing wives.

After sitting in a corner rocking and wailing and pulling out handfuls of hair for several hours, I remembered that I know someone who is actually qualified when it comes to interior decorating. HOORAY! I went to see her first thing Monday and grovelled and pleaded for help. I needn't have worried though; she clapped her hands and squealed "I LOVE doing this stuff!".

So today we spent a couple of hours surrounded by colour chips, magazine pictures, colour samples and brochures from window, garage door, laminate and brick manufacturers. It was a bit like a school assignment. Choose possible colours, eliminate the icky ones, pick a main colour and a feature colour, then highlights and trims. For every part of the house. Eesh. Then choose window frames, kitchen cupboards and benches, bathroom vanities, and on and on.....

Then I was given homework - I had to go get some large colour chips in the shades we'd decided on, plus some sample paint pots. I also have to get some brick samples and find a picture or sample of the benchtop material, which is one of those stone aggregate jobs, plus some other bits and pieces. Then I have to deliver it all on Monday, so my friend can put together a presentation board thingie. THEN we can finally go see the builder's interior people and tell them what we want.

I did find some handy tools on the net though - there's a feature on the B & D site where you can upload a photo of your house and experiment with different styles and colours of garage doors. Then the Dulux site has a fun thing where you can decorate a whole series of rooms in colour schemes of your choosing. And the funnest thing of all? I found a downloadable excel file that lists all 3000+ Dulux colours AND their equivalent RGB values, so now I can go nuts with the paintbucket tool in Photoshop.

Yeah, I know - it's a nerd thing.


Chris H said...

Hell it's starting to sound very complicated! Wonder if I really want to do all that??? I will sit back and see if it drives you nuts first I think! Hee hee he

Debstar said...

That sounds like so much fun. I wish I could have joined you. What makes it so frustrating is when you choose what you want and then the builder can't or won't get it and you have to start all over again.

Kathryn said...

There's a web site (and I can't for the life of me think of the name of it) where you put in your main colour and you can get different colour schemes - either contrasting or complementary, then go into a zillion variations. It's mainly for web design but might be worth a play.

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