Interview with a COLOR Expert

art6_11. Did you ever think that you would have a career being a Color Designer? What led you to where you are at today? Education, mentorships, artistic background?

No, but I always wanted it! I never thought I would be lucky enough to select color for a living. I thought about it all the time and then a friend of mine offered me a job…a “Girl Friday” position at an architectural firm and the rest is history. I think when you want something bad enough it somehow comes to be. I did go to college for interior design which introduced me to color and architecture. I wanted to go back and study architecture, but it didn’t pan out. Instead I get to work in an architectural firm picking color……how ironic!

2. How do you think color influences architecture? Architectural styles?

I think architecture influences color, not the opposite. From the beginning color has played a part in defining a certain style…art6_2for example most Spanish style homes are white, beige, light yellow and so on. You never really see a blue Spanish style home. Architectural styles definitely influence color. From Cape Cod to Italianate there are certain colors that are used on these styles. Modern styles that are more contemporary and urban don’t have true color palettes; you can really get away with anything, which is fun!

3. Where do you get your inspirations for your color palettes from?

I get inspired from so much – mostly nature, but sometimes something as unexpected as the fabric on a pillow, or a piece of clothing or art. My eyes are always open!

4. What services do you most enjoy?

Color plotting, custom homes, HOA Renovations etc.? Out of everything that I do, the part I enjoy the most is the interaction and feedback from our clients and then coming up with a color palette that best suits their project.

art6_35. What are your favorite colors?

My whole life, my favorite color has been Midnight Blue in Crayola’s box of crayons. However, I do notice that different colors come in and out of favor over the years for me. Right now green is in first place. There are so many shades of green in nature, it blows the mind! It really is amazing what you find if you just go outside and look around.

6. Two big color “don’ts” to help the readers in their own color jobs.

How about a “do”….try try try to always stop color at an inside corner. Here is another “do”…..when testing color in a room, test it on all the walls N, S, E & W. This way you will know exactly how light will affect your color from all angles.



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