Have you ever heard the term ‘colour variation’? You may be aware of it occurring in products such as tiles, pavers, floorboards or any wood grain, but did you know that colour variation can occur in other materials and finishes, like tapware?
Not to be confused with a defect, variations are normal, making a space bespoke, unique to each home. Due to the nature of Meir’s hand-made production process, colour variations are almost inevitable when placed in different lighting environments.
We take a look at how colour variation occurs and what to expect when selecting your premium finishes.
WHAT IS COLOUR VARIATION?
Colour variation refers to a difference in colour appearance that can occur when a product is placed in different lighting or seen at different angles.
Colour variation in tapware, simply put, is colour when compared against finish, may vary.
Take the following example:
HOW CAN COLOUR VARIATION OCCUR?
As seen above, colour variation can occur for different reasons:
Product finishes can appear different in warm light vs cool light as they adapt depending on their environment.
For example, Meir PVD Brushed Nickel colour range under warm light appears with gold undertones compared to cool light where silver undertones are seen more prominently:
Cool light setting
To emphasise a cool aesthetic, try pairing with a monochrome palette of achromatic tones like greys, whites and blacks.
Warm light setting
Captured in warm light | Meir PVD Brushed Nickel Round Cross Handle Jumper Valve Wall Top Assemblies (SKU: MW08JL-PVDBN) + Meir PVD Brushed Nickel Round Curved Basin Wall Spout (SKU: MBS05-PVDBN) + Meir PVD Brushed Nickel Round Bottle Trap (SKU: MP05-R-PVDBN)
To emphasise a warm aesthetic, try pairing with a neutral palette of earthy tones, like browns, tans, creams, olive green and even orange.
Depending on what look you select, your choice of lighting will help you achieve your chosen result.
Beacon Lighting offers downlights that come with three colour temperature options, allowing convenient switching between each option.
You can read more about it in their handy lighting guide for every home blog.
2. PRODUCT SHAPE
Curved silhouettes versus straight forms will give a different colour result because of the angle that the light hits and is then reflected.
For example, in straight styles, light is bounced from a flat surface, appearing darker and cooler compared to curved products where light is more diffused and scattered in all directions, resulting in gold warmer tones.
3. SCREEN RESOLUTION
Due to differences between computer monitors and mobile devices, product colours seen online may appear different when compared in person.
As a result of colour variation occurring, the colour displayed online may vary from the product finish that appears in your home setting.
Product images are ideal for illustrative purposes, however, we recommend that you visit your closest Meir stockist to explore each of the colour ranges and get a true representation of product finishes in store.
WE'RE HERE TO HELP!
We know that selecting tapware can be an overwhelming task, so let us help you get it just right.
To be certain you’ve made the ideal colour choice for you and your home, be sure to explore the Meir gallery. We’ve put together a selection of projects showcasing each colour up close and personal to give you an idea of how each Meir colour collection can adapt within different installation zones.
Alternatively, you can visit a Meir stockist in-store to help answer any of your questions in person and take you through the premium range on display.