This is what I posted on Twitter this week:
Dear Client: Deep breath! You didn’t make a mistake, the colors are all fabulous, and it’ll all be wonderful when it’s done. Love, Me #notfinished
That could really apply to any and all clients I’ve had over the years. Also? I owe each and every one of you an apology. I forget that not everyone sees a completed project in their head or that they know how the colors will look at the end.
That last part is important, you see, because it looks pretty bland and non-sparkly about 3/4s of the way through. Here’s what you might get anxious about:
- The cabinet doors are not lined up. That’s because they were jostled around in shipping and aren’t adjusted until later on. It’s much more important that the cabinet boxes were installed straight. Don’t worry, they’ll get done. Ask to double-check.
- The tile looks too busy. The grout isn’t in and the dark shadow between the grout really over emphasizes the pattern and it’ll look too harsh. Also, since the paint isn’t done yet, the colors will either look really garish or really flat. You’ll see the biggest difference once the grout is in, an even better difference when the painting is done, and a fabulous finish when the decor is in. Wait.
- The counter looks boring. Anything looks uninteresting by itself. It’s the layering that makes the difference. Wait.
- The counter is too busy. Is the back splash up? The flooring in? No? Wait.
- The lighting seems odd. That’s because all the surfaces and colors aren’t in yet. Also, if this is your first time with LED lighting, yes, it is going to look a bit stronger. The light is as if fluorescents married incandescents and their offspring was LEDs. The light is lovely and even and the colors will be pretty true. Wait.
- The paint is too strong. This is a biggie, especially if you decided to paint the walls a strong tone, like a dark olive or cranberry or apricot. Breathe. You’re looking at bare walls, not at a finished room. All the accents — the lighting, carpets, side-boards, chairs, paintings and other decor — will temper the room into a cohesive whole. There still may other trim or moldings to go in. Wait.
You are not alone. Every homeowner has this moment.