STEP 2: Choose your focal point
One piece to the puzzle that will be your attention grabber; that is where you will start. If you are going with a busy granite, start there. If you decide on a colourful backsplash, start with that. The idea here is to start with what is the hardest to find, what you will have the least options with. If on the other hand, you decide not to have a focal point, (which is not a bad idea) again, start with what gives you the least amount of options or what you have your heart set on. You really want a natural stone counter? Start by choosing your slab. It’s easier to coordinate your tiles to your counter than vice versa.
STEP 3: Identify your undertones
So you’ve chosen the first piece to your palette. Great! Now closely identify the undertones present. If you don’t know what an undertone is, it might be best to consult a designer from here. Make sure to understand which colours will best communicate with this first piece and stick to them. From here on out, it’s all about comparing. Every piece you add to your palette needs to be thoroughly compared to the pieces preceding it. All of the undertones need to be harmonious.
STEP 4: Always take samples
You can’t compare if you don’t have samples. It might be hard for you to get used to but you need to ask for samples of EVERYTHING you choose, everywhere you go. In this context, bigger is always better. A bigger sample will definitely help you visualize your space and it will also help in identifying the undertones. Another good idea, is to get more than one option to bring home because your perfect palette may not be so perfect when you get home, which brings me to Step 5.
STEP 5: Compare the samples in the space where they will be installed
No matter how sure you are in the store about the palette you’ve chosen, don’t give the final okay until you’ve seen it in the space where it will be installed. First of all, the lighting in design showrooms can be extremely deceiving. Even from one area of the showroom to an other, it can change drastically. Taking your samples outside will not be the solution because your kitchen will not be flooded with natural sunlight 24/7. Bringing your samples home will help you:
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