I got a call from one of my subs… “It looks green”, he said, with not a small measure of panic in his voice. Calls like that are always unnerving, but over the years, I have learned to trust my gut instinct. Yes, it was green, but in this particular instance, green is what was needed to make it appear white.
Color really is all about light. It doesn’t matter what it looks like in different illumination, or how it appears on that little color swatch – it is how it looks IN PLACE that matters. This is why I never, ever, ever wholeheartedly recommend a color selection without having seen it in the right location. Absentee color consultations would ALWAYS be accompanied with a big, fat disclaimer – because again – it is all about light, and the surrounding surfaces bouncing all that light around.
Sure enough. Once the cabinet was installed, it looked just that way I wanted it to look – a warm, white hue amidst all the terracotta orange tiles. The new cabinet was part of a renovation of a laundry room, which in turn was part of a larger renovation. The client wanted to keep the existing floor tiles so, by virtue of their chromatic intensity, those dictated the rest of the finishes in that room. But then, something wonderful happened! During one of our meetings, the clients suddenly remembered a box of old tiles they had picked up while on a family vacation to Mexico, about 30 years prior. They dug the old tiles up, and – lo and behold! The color of the pattern on the Mexican tiles perfectly matched the laundry room floor tiles! How’s that for serendipity? In all, 27 of the tiles were still in one piece, and we decided right there to build some cherished memories into those walls!
The only natural light in the room came from a north facing window, so the interior would never receive any direct sunlight. The yellow tiles, and the warm terracotta of the walls tempered the appearance of the floor tiles. And, the reds in the floor and walls neutralized the green of the cabinet, thus warranting the writing of this post.