Whether you’re building new or renovating, choosing the right colour scheme is vital in making a house feel like a home. Luckily, for those who just don’t have the knack for picking colours, (or are colourblind!) there is help. Just as you would hire an architect or builder, hiring a professional colour consultant will ensure that you get the best results possible.
Nikki Morris, has been a Colour Consultant with Resene for the past six years. We asked her what were some of the common mistakes people make when choosing colours and some of her top tips to help avoid them:
Tell us what your role involves..
As a Colour Consultant with Resene I’m involved in the creative and colour aspects of the company. My role is to be the inspiration, help instil confidence when it comes to using colour, and to help solve colour predicaments and to ensure our clients create beautiful colour schemes for the interior and exterior of their homes that are also practical and sustainable.
What do you love most about your job?
I love meeting new people and being the one to help them create their perfect home. Being continually surrounded by colours and inspiration I have an abundance of ideas to toy with (and trial out on you all).
Can you describe what a typical day might be like for you?
(We bet there is no typical day!)
Busy! Every day is very different, but is always colourful. I spend the majority of my day in one on one appointments working with clients renovating their homes, discussing the atmosphere we want to achieve and talking through and showing how to pull it all together to create something unique but tasteful. A typical day involves lots of people, laughter and colour challenges to work with and overcome.
What training and qualifications would you recommend to someone who wants to become a colour consultant?
Interior Design and Colour Theory and Psychology courses are worth investing in. These courses are invaluable when it comes to working with colour. I think as long as you have a natural flair for people and colour and enjoy helping others to overcome their design challenges then being a colour consultant is an avenue worth pursuing.
Which should you tackle first when redecorating an interior room? Wall colour? Curtains? Carpet or furnishings? Are there any hard and fast rules that should be followed?
First off you need to know what atmosphere you want to create! Otherwise you are in for a long and confusing project. Then tackle the areas that are least likely to change during the next 10 years (carpets, cabinetry, tiles). Then move to the window treatments and paint colours. We recommend the paint colour is picked near the end as it is the last link that connects everything together and creates the balance and harmony.
What seems to be the most common mistake, people make when choosing a paint colour?
Not trialling the colour out first! Yes it looks amazing on the villa three streets up but you always need to purchase a Resene test pot to confirm this colour looks just as stunning on your home. Second biggest mistake is being afraid to go bold with your statement walls. If it’s not a strong enough contrast to the main colour – then there is no statement!
First impressions are so important when selling a house. What are your top colour picking tips for someone renovating before selling?
Consider the environment around you and pull your look into a timeless earth inspired colour scheme. Avoid being too personal with your colour choices on the exterior of your home as we want everyone to think – Yes! I can and want to live here!
For some people, choosing one colour, let alone a whole colour palette can be overwhelming! What are some of your online tools that could help with their decision making?
Resene’s website is well equipped to help make decisions. If you are not familiar with our website jump on! You can ask a colour expert your queries, view our virtual colour and wallpaper library that showcases an assortment of options available and even view inspiring houses painted with Resene colours.
We also have our online Resene EzyPaint which allows you to virtually paint houses similar to yours to see what looks you can achieve.
So tell us…..what’s the hottest colour trend for 2014?
2014 is all about mixing trends and colour palettes. It’s the year to be adventurous with your accents and create personal and unique spaces! Resene Knock Out, Resene Big Bang and Resene Half Escape are my favourite Resene 2014 on trend colours.
View the full range of Resene Paint Colour trends for 2014.
A big thank you to Nikki and the team at Resene for taking the time to chat with us.
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