Those of you who’ve been paying attention will know that we’ve covered a whole range of topics in our ‘One Question Wednesday’ surveys. From favourite cooktops to recommended rangehoods, from dishwashers to kitchen sinks, baths to tiles and a whole lot more, we’re loving finding out the preferences and peeves of Australia’s finest designers. To date, the results have only been released to those who play the game. But in this feature, we’re sharing the outcome of a recent survey about your favourite fandecks.

Here’s the question we put to our Members:

The pressure is on to make colour selections, and you’re meeting your ultra-indecisive clients in fifteen minutes. Which fandeck will you take into this consultation?

And the results were as follows:

Not surprisingly, the Dulux World of Colour fandeck took the biggest chunk of the pie, winning 45% of votes. It’s always-reliable cousin – the Dulux Whites & Neutrals fandeck – took second place with 25% of votes. And the Resene Whites & Neutrals fandeck came in at third with 14% of votes.

Now, in a ‘real-life’ selection, a designer would likely take in more than one fandeck, but we didn’t let our survey respondents have that option (mean, I know – but we wanted their FAVOURITE!). We did, however, give Members a hint that their simulated client was ‘ultra indecisive’, and a few members made some interesting points about this:

  • Some Members indicated that by the time they’re at the colour selection stage, they know their client well enough to narrow the options down significantly, and will often take A4 drawdowns or brush outs instead.

Presenting your clients with a larger sample of their selected colour is always a good idea. Colours tend to ‘lighten up’ when presented in bigger formats, and it may be worthwhile to demonstrate this. Show your client how a colour looks in a fandeck swatch compared with an A4 sample. Then ask them to consider how a larger span of cabinetry or wall may appear.

  • A few Members said they liked the range of colour strength (from full strength to 1/7th) in a Haymes fandeck, meaning the client can focus on the tint as much as the hue.

Playing with tints can add a whole new dimension to interiors and joinery (and is a trend we need to look out for as we learned in our recent Dulux Colour Forecast videoconference). A single colour can naturally take on a range of ‘depths’ depending on its exposure to light. Intentionally adjusting the tint between adjoining or perpendicular surfaces can add even more drama.

  • The concise colour descriptions on the back of Resene colour swatches are helpful to some, and keep the (sometimes colourblind clients) in check.

Describing colours can get both designers and clients off track. When you have a good understanding of the undertones or bases of colours, life gets a little easier. The Resene fandeck is a useful tool in this instance, with descriptions like ‘Resene Triple Sea Fog is a versatile white with a hint of grey, best used with muted rather than bright colours’. And if you’re keen to learn which way a white is leaning (whether it’s warm, cool or neutral), don’t be afraid to ask your painter or paint store what tints they’re adding to the base. They’ll tell you if it’s a black, blue or brown/umber tint, for example, and your ‘undertone’ will be revealed. (Learn more about whites in this feature.)

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