Paint chips are a constant source of inspiration for me. I create all of our colorways using a library of paint chips that I have collected over a decade – and, of course, add to every chance I get.
The tactile feeling of that smooth, dry paint finish is very similar to the feel of our hand-printed wallpaper inks. I find that it provides us with a very real sense of how the colors will sit together. Weeks (and sometimes months) are spent with groups of chips pinned to the walls of our studio for consideration.
If I am still pleased with the color combinations after spending so much time with them, I know there is a good chance that we should proceed with creating a strike-off sample for approval. After all that ruminating, this full repeat sample usually looks just as I had imagined and we rarely make any further tweaks.
Do you create your color palettes? What is your process?