I'm not sure I'm ready to admit this publically but here goes: My name is Donna and I had a major colour crisis. Thankfully, the crisis was on my own home and not a client's but still - it wasn't pretty.
I blame the recent changes to pool fencing regulations that mean we are now required to fully fence our pool. Without arguing the merits of the regulation, suffice it to say that I wasn't happy about the prospect of fencing our pool. Having the middle of our back yard fenced in is one issue – I’m never keen on swimming in a cage - but the bigger concern was the unexpected and significant expense involved. It obviously all muddled my brain. Anyhoo...back to the colour crisis.
Hubbin’ and I worked out pretty quickly that a gorgeous clear glass fence was not going to be in our budget so an aluminium fence it had to be. But, by saving money on the fence material we were able to extend the fence up and into the garden giving us plenty of room to move around the pool and making it feel less like a cage – small win.
Picking a powdercoat colour for this section of the fence then was easy. I opted for Woodland Grey - a classic Colorbond colour - that simply fades into the greenery of the garden. Tick – this section does look good. Well, at least as good as an aluminium fence is ever going to look.
But then, my plan began to fall apart. I thought I would be very clever and alter the colour of the fence surrounding the pool itself to a lighter colour. In my head, I was considering that both the paving surrounding the pool and the pool itself are much lighter in colour than the greenery of the garden so I should mirror this in the fencing allowing it to subtly blend in.
I duly went outside with my powdercoat samples (to get the true colour in daylight) and chose the best colour to work with both the paving and pool. So far so good, right?
Wrong! What I failed to take into consideration is the fact that we're on a fairly steep, sloping block and when we’re in the house we look up at the pool and garden. That means we're looking up at the fence and the background to fence from this perspective is not the paving and pool itself but the gorgeous greenery of the garden. The result? The lighter colour fence not only stood out against the garden it positively screamed “look at me, look at me”! So not the result I was looking for.
How embarrassing! Not only did it look totally and utterly wrong, more importantly I should have known better! I mean, people actually pay me to do this for a living. I’m meant to know what I'm doing - how could I get it so wrong?
I thought that if I left it for a few days it would grow on me, that I could live with it. But after a weekend of trying to live with it it was abundantly clear that it wasn’t going to happen. The fence was like a big neon sign glaring "Go Back. Wrong Way.”
What's a girl to do? The only thing I could do...send it back to be re-powdercoated. Yes, it cost a bit more but it was absolutely the right thing to do. Call it the cost of experience or, in my case, professional development but it was the right decision. The whole fence is now Colorbond Woodland Grey and it has settled nicely into its landscape.
So, I've learned the expensive way that you need to consider your colour decision from every angle and that just when I think I have it nailed colour proves yet again to be a trickster.
Well that and that life is definitely too short to live with mistakes. We all make them from time to time but that doesn't mean you have to live with them forever. If you can remedy it, do so….immediately.