It’s true, and because I feel like arguing today, I’m going to lay out my case for you. You the believer that white is boring, vanilla, without an opinion. Dare I say staid, subtle, without suggestion, or rather you might say, not I, not me, not this one who believes – it is simply a sublime backdrop for the scene of your personal style. Whatever that style might be – you’ll see.
I’ve selected the same clean shaker cabinetry for all three looks. The same hardware and backsplash, and walnut island top that has appeared in earlier iterations of the Willow Bend Scheme Series. I’ve purposefully picked the white cabinetry for its ability to pencil out on a spreadsheet that’s adding up, and a backsplash that you can get at the one buck store. Not exactly, but practically. I’ve invested some dough in the door hardware, and a little more on my lights – good lighting is everything to a gal. Finally I’ve made a little splash with a fabric or a fridge, but honestly there are even less expensive ways to do it. Think a set of dishes in a daring hue, pretty porcelain in a pouty purple, flowers or ferns or decorative urns – whatever floats your boat, let the rainbow be your guide.
White is wonderfully versatile. Like a Chopped competition, I’ve provided the box of basics that you must use, but your personal panache will provide the dash and make the space distinctly you, but if you had to choose, which one would you say was you?
Details, details, they can get in the way of one’s creativity – don’t you think? I love a project where I’m not given too many perimeters. The type of space, the materials needed, and their purpose is enough. A general color way direction doesn’t hurt either. If it isn’t explicitly stated, I’m going gray. My perfect neutral with its full compliment of emotions, and ability to accommodate any gender, any age, and stage of your life.
We’ve got your blue grays, and your violet, your sage, and your putty, your clean and your smutty. We’ve got sophisticated, and silly, whimsical and worldly, we have a splash through a tidal pool gray, and a bruised purple gray of the sky as it turns to night. You get the picture, I hope, because I am not supposed to be talking about gray at all, this blog is about a corporate office color palette. It’s true that most of what I selected for the original round, did in fact include gray, but ironically the Client went with a sandy beach of an option. Who could blame him, the 4th is right around the corner, and if you don’t get a little sand in your shoes now, you blink and miss it.
Like a writer facing a blank page, some Clients are simply better in the editors role. Ask them what they want, and they may honestly say – “for it to be done”. Others stare off into the distance hoping a mirage will appear on the horizon, a perfect glistening representation of their space to be. I feel that way about math so I understand entirely the sentiment. When it comes to design however, I like the freedom of creating something well – that I would like. What’s wrong with that?
I would be thrilled to come to work in this pretty little office space, if it were just a tad closer to my home. I hope that Lee Wex will have no trouble executing the design he saw fit to pick.