What would you say are the key deliverables that your firm ensures for every client project?
Young: I would say every project has to be thoughtful. It has to be seamless. It has to be executed with amazing attention to detail, and the most important thing in the end is that our clients are happy and pleased with the results.
When do you identify colour palettes for a project?
Young: One of the first things we do is create the colour story. Once we understand the objective, we have to think about what the colour story is to tell the story, to create the emotion, to express the ideas of the project.
The client's influence is incredibly important, because we all perceive colour differently. For me, I may enjoy coral and someone else might not. We all have colours that we feel good in, that we like to wear, that we like to see. Colours that we find stimulating, another person may find comforting. It's very personal how people react to colour. And then when you're extrapolating colour to public spaces, that becomes a little more tricky, because you have to interpret colour for a lot of people, imagine the reactions of the public, and how they will feel in the space.
When do you decide what paint colours will be used?
Young: One of the first things we do is a paint schedule. For me, paint is really important. It is everything, ranging from the biggest feature in a room to a supporting role that makes a room perfect. Selecting paint colours is one of the most important things we do.
Right now, we love green. We love coral. We've been doing a lot of navy. Navy, burgundy, with a dash of yellow has been a colour palette that we've been working with. Jewel tones. Also these softer tones: coral, then ochre, and a touch of oxblood. Softer palettes like that have also been really popular.
Do you have a favourite white?
Young: One of my favourite whites is Chantilly Lace–it’s clean, milky, and creamy without too much yellow. Simply White is a warmer, friendly white. For me the whites are essential, they are your grounding colour and we use a lot of white to add crispness, evoke a sense of clean and calm, and then we juxtapose white against the other colours we are using.
When you work with black paint and white paint, what is your preferred black paint?
Young: We use so many different black paints. In a softer palette we may use one that is smoky, almost gray. Pitch black we use less.