I have recently been doing several projects that involve new paint color choices, and with the interest in the design world focusing on Belgian design...shades of grey seemed a natural direction to take. Driftwood, linen, faded whitewashed panelling, stoneware, all share this muted color palette, and the use of these colors brings a strong sense of serenity to a room. This color palette is also seen in Swedish design, although in Sweden it tends toward "blue-er" shade of grey and as we go south the color tends to trend "warmer" into blends of grey and beige tones.
I hear these types of comments frequently, especially the idea that designers and decorators take over and in the end, your home doesn't feel like it is yours. My approach is quite different. I work with you to make your home reflect you and your family's lifestyle. The best place to make decorating decisions is in your own home. I tour your home, room by room, to discuss your decorating needs and tastes. I then help you translate your ideas into a finished look with appropriate fabrics, furniture and accessories. By planning together, we eliminate costly decorating and design mistakes, and develop a plan and budget that is comfortable and tailored to you. One of the most common questions that I am asked by a client is "What would YOU do?" or "What would YOU pick?" I always respond that the best choice is the one that is comfortable for the client. I see my job as an editor, helping the client sort through the multiple choices and find the design details that reflect their individual style...key point being that it is the client's style that needs to be reflected, NOT the designer's.