KBB recently asked our KBB Designers Network on LinkedIn about designing for couples with different tastes.
Here are some of the responses she received from the experts in the group:
Laura Vlaming, CKD, Arkiteriors, Charlotte, N.C.
Try to give each of them something in the design, if possible, and they will appreciate getting a design solution with which they both can identify. I have found that typically, there is a mutual respect between partners, which helps. If their tastes cannot be meshed, using the architectural style of the home can be used to steer the design direction. Addressing the pros and cons of certain materials and finishes can help, and try to navigate the design process with some humor!
Sharon Evans, Kitchen Designer at RFK Ltd., Rugby, England
I try and find common ground – usually on something they both don’t like and go from there!
David Wagner Truth, General Manager & Senior Designer for Go Green Solutions, Los Angeles
Truth is stranger than fiction. I once had husband and wife clients. He wanted a black kitchen and she wanted white. I came to find out that they didn’t agree on most things yet they really loved each other. They left the decision to me, and they now have a dove gray kitchen and love it. I really sweated that one out!
Joel Kaszirer, Designer, Pine Park Kitchens, New York City
You have to ask who the decision maker is, or you can usually figure it out.
Robert Foltz, CKD, Kitchen Sales Coach in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Like any good marriage counseling session, it involves asking easily answered questions and allowing each of them to speak without judgment. Why do you enjoy that style? What about it is attractive to you? And so on. At least that was my experience. David W., your comment is hilarious! Good job.
John T. Vanderkolk, General Manager, Oakville Kitchen Designers, Oakville, Ontario
I guess asking the pertinent questions up front will solve that problem.