So, if youv’e been following my blog, you’ll know that I recently was in search of and purchased a sofa. Well, what had already been a frustrating search for the sofa I wanted, imagine my excitement when I finally chose, ordered, and received it.
But alas, it was not immediately a happy ending. Even good designers fall for the terrible influence that lighting and color can inflict upon the color of something else. And I naively did just that. Let me give you a basic understanding of what I’m talking about. If you put blue next to yellow, the blue will look a little more blue green because of the yellow next to it. And vise versa.
So unfortunately, when my sofa arrived and I put it together, the gray slipcover fabric that I had ordered, ended up looking much more of a blue gray in my living room because of all the warm colors. I was so disappointed. Here’s a picture below.
See? You might not be able to as well in the picture but trust me, it looked blue. Well, this is where the story gets a little happier. See, the nice thing about an IKEA couch, is that is in fact covered with an easily removable slipcover. One quick phone call thus told me I could simply exchange the fabric slipcover I bought, for another one that would look better. Well, being slightly impatient, and living only 3 hours away from an IKEA, I hopped in my car Saturday morning and off I went. One trip later and I have a new color that looks a whole lot better. A word to the wise. If you have a color or fabric sample you’re trying to coordinate with when making a big purchase for your home, take them! Every time! And don’t forget the different effects that lighting can have on the colors in your room as well. Fluorescent can cause cooler tones, incandescent can cause warmer tones, and daylight is pure white light that will go both ways depending on the time of day.
So, I’m FINALLY and happily enjoying my new couch and came out a little smarter as a designer as well. Funny how you can forget the simple things of design school. Won’t make that mistake again. I hope you can learn from my mistakes.
Does anyone have a story like this? Do share.