Too many options to mull

Marnie and I began remodelling our kitchen more than a year ago.
Marnie had never liked the dropped ceiling of the brilliant fluorescent fixtures that could light up the whole downstairs. So we agreed to lower the ceiling and put in all new lighting.
It was only the beginning of making several choices from more than a million options.
The lowering of the ceiling was a quick and easy decision, and the contractor was in and out within a week. Rewiring the kitchen for new lighting had to take place before the drywall went up and that contractor finished wiring within the same period.
All of that work was finished by the end of last January.
Lighting was a whole different issue. We went to all the stores in the Fort Frances region looking at lights. We also visited lighting stores in Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, and Florida before we were able to agree on a style.
We searched through catalogues. We went online. It then took to the end of August for the lights to arrive.
Counter tops and sinks were a different issue. We began looking at granite and quartz; we looked at under-mount and surface-mount sinks.
We really like the butcher block of our island and thought that should be the choice. But we were never sure.
We wound up examining almost a hundred colours of granite and quartz. The more we looked, the more we could disagree on.
Meanwhile, the kitchen cabinets, which were more than 35 years old, were looking a little worse for wear. Through “Houz” and “Pinterest,” the idea of painting the cupboards grew.
We gathered paint samples everywhere, and then Marnie and I learned that we saw colours differently.
On our first pass, we narrowed our cabinet colours down to three and experimented with those three colours—only to reject them immediately.
The next attempt was with two colours and a week later, we could agree on a new colour for the cabinets.
Then we were back to counter tops and visited a warehouse showroom stocked with more than 500 different colours of granite and quartz. Each colour had multiple slabs.
We met another couple who also were carrying a cabinet door trying to pick out a granite colour. They were on their fourth visit and were on a first-name basis with the staff.
Amazingly, within an hour we were on our way having picked a colour and specific granite slab.
Having a painted door, and a granite sample in hand, we then visited a tile store. Again, the colour and design choices were overwhelming. But we narrowed it down to two colours and brought samples home to see how they looked under our kitchen lighting.
We now have chosen the backsplash tile but we have to agree on the paint for the kitchen. The fistful of colour samples has thickened.
We now are co-ordinating cabinet, flooring, counter top, and backsplash colours to make a decision about the wall colours.
Henry Ford once said you can have any colour for your vehicle as long as it is black. Oh, to have fewer samples, would life ever be simpler.

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