• Paint is flexible and can be changed relatively easily, as your taste is sure to do as well. Over the last twenty years, my wife and I have been through four color schemes in our kitchen and we have loved them all. We watched each one go with regret and then enjoyed and fell in love with the new colors as they become the backdrop to our daily lives.
• You respond to irrational, non-logical forces when playing with color. Go with it. Listen to your inner responses.
• Paint plenty of sample patches in positions that have different light levels to make a judgement.
• Generally use lighter colors on walls where the above does not apply.
• Color is an excellent tool for counteracting overdoses in light-absorbent floor finishes, i.e. too much dark or light wood or stone of one particular persuasion.
• When using color in or on the furniture, we tend to avoid repeating the same color on more than two different pieces.
• If we use patterns, we confine them to bands or small panels so we can use more intense colors.
• Employ a real artist to sketch up and then paint the patterns for you, for instance on a roll of canvas. You simply glue it onto the surface of the furniture. At JG Studios, we make the canvas with ready made apertures or recesses or applied mouldings so the edges don’t show.
• For more on this topic, pick up a copy of Colour, an extraordinary tour de force of the history, geography and cultural significance of color. Author Victoria Finlay writes about topics ranging from George Washington’s obsession with green dining rooms to how yellow paint was made by force feeding mango leaves to cows in India. She also discusses how color doesn't really exist; it's actually just the human mind responding to waves and particles.
Johnny Grey revolutionized the design world in 1980 by developing the then-radical concept of an “unfitted kitchen.” This fresh way of thinking resulted in a new freedom and creativity for designing kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms without the built-in rigidity of continuous counters and wall-based units. Born in 1944, raised on a rustic farm in England, Johnny is the nephew of Elizabeth David, the doyen of British food writers, who had a significant impact on his choice of careers. He trained as an architect at the London Architectural Association School of Architecture. Since opening his UK studio in 1977, Johnny has worked with clients around the globe. He recently established a U.S. presence, with offices in San Francisco and New York.
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