Saturday, August 15, 2009

Colour Selection appointment - after effects

It has taken a week to want to sit down and write about the colour selection appointment. I would call a 4-hour sitting ludicrous for any meeting duration. I don't know what term to use for our 7-hour stint with no lunch break.

I was already blurry eyed after staying up till 1am (the complete opposite of a great idea) with a bottle of red with Mum and then waking up at 2am and 6am to feed Baby K. We had stayed over the night at my parents since Mum was babysitting the boys. Thank you Mum xxx If I had had to take them to the meeting, it would have lasted 10 minutes.

At 9am, I managed to get myself together and show up to The Appointment on time and with two armfuls of folders, scrapbooks and colour swatches. Hubby Cheezel was with a client so showed up at 10:30am.

The meeting started off well with a quick rundown of the day's schedule (which included a lunchbreak but that went M.I.A. when we began to run behind schedule). It involved

a) Exterior finishes (entrance door profile, entrance door handle, entrance door colour, entrance door glass type, as well as the usual brick, mortar, gutter, window frames, downpipes, meter box colour, etc etc etc).

I spent about 30 minutes on building up a colour scheme around a dark brick colour (PGH's "nutmeg") but changed my mind after spotting "smoke".

It took probably an hour to choose the door colour because the consultant we were working with simply handed me a huge bundle of colour cards that had 8 shades of every colour in Taubmans' entire range, and expected me to choose one colour from the 1000s in there.

Cheezel and I agonised and umm and argghed while the consultant sat with a blank/bored look. We wanted a bold, bright welcoming colour so ended up looking for a bright firecracker red. Amazingly, Taubmans don't do bright reds so we were handed another bunch of colour cards (!) for Bristol's range. At this point, I was irritated with the consultant's lack of knowledge and her insistence that we go for what "most people get". She also did not have all the samples and colour cards to adequately display our choices. We ended up choosing Corinthian's "Madison" with translucent glass panels. We settled for Bristol's Hi-C Red for the external door face and frame.

b) Kitchen layout, design and finishes
The kitchen layout is a galley style with a 4100mm bank of cupboards against the wall housing an induction cooktop with rangehood. There is also a 2900mmx1000mm island bench housing a double sink. We have dropped the ceiling over the kitchen with a 300mm bulkhead to separate it from the large living area. There will be no above counter wall cabinets (may put them in at a later date) but I will be putting in floating shelves for display objects and a clock etc.

I cook a lot and I'm sure my boys will be doing their homework on the island benchtop when they're older. The kitchen will be getting a decent work out.

We chose laminated kickboards in brushed aluminium to match appliances, the island benchtop to be in Essastone 40mm (see picture) with stone slab end to one side, and white laminated cupboards and drawers.

c) Interior finishes (internal doors, paint, )
Our internal doors will match the wall colour. We've chosen Taubmans "Living Proof Silk" paint (3 coat) which is a $1000+ upgrade but you can wipe it clean without taking the paint off.

I chose 3 colours to anchor our house around : a warm white, coffee, and a pale/egg shell blue. From the Taubmans range, those colours translate to "Ocean Pearl", "Coffee Break" and "Angora Blue".

d) Plumbing
At this point, I had one or both my hands on my head at most times. Choosing two shower heads almost tipped me over the edge. Cheezel was offered and accepted an apple from the plumbing consultant since he hadn't even had breakfast and it was 2pm.

Square, above counter basin we chose for ensuite (we're having twin basins *bliss*)

We also chose toilets with concealed cisterns. We have not chosen tiles yet but I want them large format in a charcoal colour.

I vaguely remembered being asked about towel rails. At that point, I nodded mutely and would have agreed to a pit toilet if asked. If you don't know what a pit toilet is, don't look it up on Wiki especially after eating.

On a prettier note, here's the bathroom colours I'm going for (I love the use of art in the bathroom):

e) Blinds
I prefer soft furnishing windows so curtains are the go (eventually.. we're going to have no window treatments in most areas for a while). At this appointment, I clicked off my brain and went into standby mode. The blinds consultant asked questions and Cheezel answered. No one was home over my side of the table.

After talking blinds, we went back to the original consultant to choose cupboard handles and other bits and pieces and almost ran out when she printed out our selections and asked us if it was all correct. Hmm quick glance pretending I was reading was all I could muster. I handed it back knowing I'd be able to review it all and change my mind. Now that, I CAN handle.

If you are also building a house, I highly recommend checking the manufacturer's website for every item you choose. Some of them even have pricing so you can easily see if it's worth going direct to them instead of the builder. We were told our window frames couldn't be white because Stegbar's colour range is very limited. I was very disappointed to have to choose beige. I wanted absolutely no beige in the house. Yesterday, after looking at Stegbar's website, I learned that their colour chart is actually substantial and they have exactly the same colour ("surfmist") that matches our Colorbond garage door. Bye bye beige.

I came across Taubmans colour consultation service while browsing online and immediately the idea appealed to me. When I emailed them for details, they came back with magical words saying their designers will select every colour required internally and externally even on non-paint finishes like Colorbond gutters and aluminium windows etc. I called and confirmed this on the phone because I thought I misunderstood the email. Nope, they are willing to help as much as required for a total "look". All this for $150! Granted, I have not seen their qualifications or any colour schemes they have come up with. I'm willing to throw in the money and spin the wheel to see what shade of white pops out.

I've emailed them an itemised list with colour charts for every option on every conceivable finish we need to decide on. Also included photos of special features we've added, furniture we have, how every room will be used and my sources of inspiration. They will review it all, call me to discuss everything in more detail. Apparently that should be enough for them to give me a complete colour scheme for every room with a detailed run down on where each colour is to be used. They will also give me brushed out DL sized painted samples of each colour they recommend, so that I can hold up the sample to the wall and see what it would look like instead of having to paint out samples onto the wall.

Sounds truly like a godsend. If I get a colour scheme that mixes mint green and peach in the family room I will reconsider my original colour palette and be happy with my own colour blindness. I mean colour choices.

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