I like to select colors. I think I'm pretty good at it. I don't do it often enough to be great, but I think my results are pretty darn good.
Maybe if I selected colors all the time, I would know more about the politics of selecting colors and get good at that aspect, too. Because politics is the problem with selecting colors.
After an interiors person returned from a color-review meeting in tears, I developed the following process to head off more unpleasant experiences. Honestly we haven’t gotten to use it often enough to know if it can be improved; so feel free to contribute your experience/advice in the comments. The world -needs- a solution to the “color problem”!
THE COLOR PICKING PROCESS
You may have noticed that we don’t get involved if we aren’t assigned the role of selecting colors. I find it too painful. I would rather let the Owner screw up the colors, than participate. I won't think less of you if you want to put yourself through that torture. By all means put yourself on the the color-selecting-committee. I'll give you one piece of advice to minimize your time (because somehow you will now be working for the color-selecting-committee pro bono). Don’t prepare color boards. Instead make a CAD drawing of labelled boxes, e.g. “VCT”, “CARPET”, “WALL COLOR”... At the meetings, unroll a couple paper plots to lay out the colors loose to present each scheme.
-- I just saved you a day’s worth of color-board-making.
Original post date: 10/29/2013