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The KLC team responsible for The Power of Colour
L-R Julia Begbie, Morwenna Brett, Rachael White

Why are you here?

To get warmed up, use the comments to introduce us to your current relationship with colour.

  • Tell us a bit about why you’re taking this course. What do you hope to achieve?
  • What is your approach to colour?

Introduction to the course team

Julia Begbie is a Lead Educator on the course. She first got involved with colour as a teenager, expressing herself boldly with emulsion paint on her bedroom walls.

Through a career in finance she continued to draw and paint in her spare time, but it was only as a mature student at KLC that Julia first learned that you don’t have to be born with innate colour sense and that choosing colour needn’t be a lottery: there are helpful rules that guide towards intelligent colour strategies.

Twenty years on, and with a long-established career in interior design, Julia is still learning about colour. She believes that learning about colour is a virtuous circle: actively observing, analysing and evaluating the application of colour deepens understanding of colour theory, which in turn informs the creation of original combinations of colour.

Morwenna Brett is a Lead Educator on the course. Her first childhood memories were of colour - bright pink fuchsias in the family garden. Moving to London, she built a soft furnishings business out of a love of sewing and making clever combinations of fabrics and colours. It wasn’t long before she became an interiors journalist and author, reporting on the latest trends and colours to PR companies, major department stores, and travelling round the UK as an interior design ‘agony aunt’ on local radio stations.

She is fascinated about how instinctive decisions about colour can be understood and explained by colour theory, and how understanding the theory can lead to quicker and more effective colour choices. She is also interested in looking back at her colour choices in the past, and seeing how our personal colour preferences change, or don’t change, throughout our lives.

She has never been able to decorate in minimalist neutrals, although she admires designers who can. Inspiration for her own home still begins with the colours contained in fabrics and textiles. And fuchsia pink is still a firm favourite.

Rachael White is also a lead educator on the course. After spending student days renting flats where the only colour option given was ‘magnolia’, she vibrantly painted her first apartment in blues, ochres, greens and pinks. Admittedly these initial schemes might not all have been entirely successful, but they were bold and exciting, and Rachael never looked back. Training as an interior designer further cemented her interest in colour and she now actively seeks inspiration to find unusual colour, pattern and textural combinations that have the potential to create unique schemes. She also advises any landlords she meets against using magnolia.

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The Power of Colour

KLC School of Design