Wednesday, July 18, 2012

There is white ... and then there is white


We are just getting to the finishing stages of decorating our new office in Dubai. It's been stressful, but a lot of fun (design inspiration has been taken from Ari Gold's office).

On product I am a detail freek and I have really enjoyed the more anal parts of this project. Selecting the light switches, the specification of the doorbell, the correct thickness, texture and colour of the AstroTurf in our break out area and all possible combinations of AV wiring to be done to make this office as technologically future proof as possible.

But I was thrown on something as "straight forward" as the colour of the walls ... white.

I spent yesterday morning in a meeting trying to select the right shade of white. I thought this would be a no brainer, but it's proven to be one of the most impossibly difficult choices to make throughout the whole process.

Apart from the obvious considerations of getting matching finishing textures on different materials, Dulux alone has more than 30 shades of "Off White" (and that's from the selection that I was shown!)

I managed to short list 5 of those and am going to see larger swatches of those on-site. At the end of the day it's "Off White" and I can't believe it's going to make that much difference regardless of which one I choose, but this overly wide choice has just stressed me out.

I'm no different in a good restaurant. Give me steak and chips and I'm happy. Give me a wide selection of appealing choices and I become confused and totally indecisive!

I just wish that white was white and this choice could be made easier for me.

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