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Colour Consultant


Description

Color. It's everywhere, but we don't often pay much attention to it. And that's a shame, because color can actually play a number of important roles in our everyday lives. Color consultants understand this, and work with clients to improve their appearances, their home lives and even their places of business. Color consultants work to enhance moods, set tones, and accent natural beauty in a number of ways.

The most common is when they work individually with clients, usually women, who want to enhance their natural looks with appropriate colors. Color consultants help them pick out clothing, makeup, and accessories that best accent their hair, eye, and skin color. Their aim is to have a wardrobe that is complimentary not only to the client, but also to the makeup, accessories, and other items in the closet, making the client stylish, attractive, and economical.

Color consultants may focus on home decor. They know that warm tones are best for family rooms where big windows let the gloam of the sunset, whereas a bright and cheery palette of colors might be best for a cozy breakfast nook. They help pick out colors for paint, wallpaper, carpentry, and even artwork for the walls, and help create a comfortable home that reflects the inhabitants.

Another outlet for color consultants is in color therapy. These consultants recognize the soothing properties of pink, the agitating effect of orange, and the passion created by deep red tones. They advise hospitals, prisons, school boards, restaurants, and companies about the colors they may choose to use for their offices, staff rooms, waiting rooms, and eating areas.

Colors have the power to heal, empower, and impress. Color consultants teach individuals and organizations to use colors to their best advantages, improving their personal and public lives in many, many ways.
 
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  Interests and Skills  
Successful color consultants have an extremely good eye for color, and are knowledgeable about the uses, benefits, and strength of color in wardrobe and home decor. They should be sensitive to others and respectful of people's individual tastes. It is important for color consultants to be tactful as well as tasteful and excellent communicators. It is also helpful to enjoy shopping and spending time with others.
 

  Typical Tasks  
  • Meet with clients to discuss personal colors (hair, eyes, skin tone)
  • Meet with clients to discuss home decorating colors
  • Demonstrate how colors are complimentary
  • Advise clients on colors (fashions and makeup) to enhance their natural appearance
  • Advise clients on colors (drapery, upholstery) to enhance the tone of their rooms
  • Host large seminars and private consultations
  • For color consultants, each day is different. They spend most of each day working with clients, actively shopping and trying on clothing, experimenting with makeup, and analyzing drapery, as well as sitting with them to discuss personal and home fashions. They also make phone calls, manage their finances, and complete reports about services rendered.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Color consultants work for department stores, retail clothing chains, makeup companies, furniture stores, and image consulting agencies. They also go into business for themselves. The job involves a lot of shopping, analyzing clients homes and wardrobes as well as personal appearances, and meeting with the clients to discuss lifestyle, habits, taste, and style for home and personal decor. Those who work outside of a store have more freedom to enter the homes of their clients, and get to shop at a variety of stores. They don't spend much time at a desk, unless they're making phone calls or taking care of administrative duties.
  • Their hours vary, depending on where they are employed. They can expect some weekend and evening work, especially if they are self-employed.

  Long Term Career Potential  
Color consultants can open their own businesses, or become personal consultants for powerful clients. They can become fashion and wardrobe consultants, motivational speakers, cosmeticians, or get into fashion design. They can also branch out into event planning, and host fashion shows. They can become therapists, artists, or interior decorators.
 

  Educational Paths  
While there are a few incorporated color consultation agencies that host color consultation seminars, there are no set postsecondary programs for color consulting offered at colleges or universities. However, the college diploma program in fashion merchandising comes close. As well, some color consultants study home economics, psychology, sociology, fashion design, business management, public speaking, or art.
 

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

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