Candice Olsen, I’m not. I can watch hours and hours of design show reruns and still not have an ounce of design sense in this old brain. I mean, Candice would NEVER wait until the walls were painted to pick her cabinet color, would she? Or the counter top color? Or the back splash color? Or whether or not to even have back splash, right?
I’m sure you’ve watched the design shows like “Divine Design”? Well, my version would be called “Divine Intervention Design”! And then there’s “Design on a Dime”, which I could absolutely wrap my cheap brain around, as far as money goes. I got the “dime” part down pat! Then there’s, “Color Splash”, and I’m stuck on Delta Fog, so that was a no brainer for me. Is there any other wall color? Just kidding.
For all the things in life that I micro manage without a second thought, interior design is just not one of those things, and it’s a darn good thing I don’t have to do it for a living. I kept imagining Candice with her room full of samples and the wire basket she puts each color swatch into as she whips out a design for some family in dire need of a living room makeover.
There I stood, at several local DIY stores, starting up at the tile samples on the wall, floor samples hanging on a rack, not a smidgen of my paint color in tow–only my memory to serve me. These are the options I came up with.
Here is my meager attempt at putting together a design portfolio for a room; namely, our new kitchen, and I desperately need your help.
To the right is the wall color, Delta Fog. To the left is a 12-inch by 12-inch sheet of glass tiles being considered for the wall behind the stove. The small glass tile colors are clear, black, and sort of gray.
To the right of the square tiles is an accent tile, and the glass in it is a very pale, light blue-green color. That tile would run along the back of the counter top, against the wall under the cabinets. I’m sure that has some official name, like back splash, but I’m just not savvy, okay?
The black square in the middle of photo, is my counter top color choice. Down here, black granite called “Uba Tuba” is all the rage. However, a person who accepts volunteer help in order to stretch the house-building dollars is not a person who can afford granite. Never fear! WilsonArt has a line called High Definition, which mimics the look of granite without all the fuss and expense. There are about 20 HD colors from which to choose; however, my choice was made easy by the cabinet maker. He said that the Uba Tuba copycat color is Raven Gemstone, and that is the sample you see pictured here. Please note that the HD product is not as smooth and shiny as some of their more beautiful colors, but a professional told me that eventually, that shine rubs off, especially if you use your kitchen a lot, which I do. So, the counter top choice is a done deal.
The cool thing about Raven Gemstone, is that it has some of the Delta Fog colored flecks in it, AND it is out of comfort zone, so I’m living dangerously for a change. My current counters are WHITE, stark, plain white, so I can bleach them. No joke. This will be a big change for us.
And I don’t know why, but the paint chip of the cabinet and trim color did not make it into the photo. It’s Behr Paint’s “Moon Rise”, and it’s a white that goes with greens.
Here is Design Option Number 2:
The only difference in the two designs is the 12 x 12 tile choice. This one is also glass, but is more like seashells. It has hints of the Delta Fog throughout, and blends well with the smaller tile to the right.
Remember, the 12 x 12 glass tiles are only going on the wall behind the stove.
Here are both choices, side by side:
What I need from you is some input about which 12 x 12 I should choose and why. I know it’s not a lot to go on, but I’ll appreciate your advice. you’ve been watching the house go up since January, and I’d really like you to help me make this decision.
I’m going to take the advice of friends and take a day off. I won’t have internet access, so I’ll be back here Saturday night to see your choice.
Your desperate designer,