Virtual color consultations are such a blessing for my clients. They have access to my professional color advice without me actually being in their home. However, there are limits to what you can and cannot do in a virtual color consultation. This leaves me to the topic of choosing ceiling color in a virtual color consultation.
A potential client recently emailed me asking if I can choose a ceiling color for her via my virtual consultation process. She just needed a ceiling color based on her existing color palette. Sound simple? (insert red flag here)
Now this seems like an easy consult for someone like myself with 25+ years of experience under my belt right? Right. And that 25 + years experience tells me that ceiling color cannot be chosen two states away, one state away and not even one house away. It’s absolutely imperative that I need to be in your home while choosing a ceiling color. Wall color – that’s different but since the ceiling color needs to be viewed upside down, you can see how this would not be successful.
You’re probably scratching your head a bit now saying “What the heck does she mean ceiling color has to be viewed upside down?”
The color swatch you are considering for your ceiling HAS to be viewed upside down because that’s the way it’s going to be seen. This is why a virtual color consultation will not work when choosing color for your ceiling. It’s imperative to be in the room with the rooms lighting and being able to get underneath the color swatch (holding it upside down) so you can view it like it will be seen on the ceiling. You can’t hold it vertically because it’s not going on a vertical surface. The light will be reflecting off it in a totally different way. You can read my explanation of this process on the Color Specialist Tips and Advice section on the Small Wall® website.
I just had a color consultation recently where the client wanted all her ceiling a color a creamy color instead of white. Well I chose one color that looked amazing in the burgundy room and in the gold adjacent room BUT it looked horrible in the foyer and kitchen area. It changed so very drastically that even I scratched my head a bit. I expected it to change but it REALLY changed because the lighting varied so much from room to room. Imagine trying to do this virtually? I would wave my red flag so very high if any Designer said that they can do this virtually.
Point is, and I don’t care who you are or how much experience you have, you cannot choose a ceiling color in a virtual color consultation. You may be able to get the client in the right ball park and guess back and forth until the right color is close but to be comfortable with my color choice, I would not choose a ceiling color in a virtual color consultation and I’m ok with saying that to my client. I also think my clients respect my honesty.
Now, if you need virtual wall color – that’s a different story and YES I can help you with that! Any questions about the virtual process? Let me know at DecoratingbyDonna@mac.com