Debbie started her career creating the colour ranges for Dulux and it was here that she developed a deep rooted love of colour and interiors. Today, as the founder of The Decor Café, her particular passion is to connect, support and inspire people to create their own homes and home businesses. The Decor Cafe provides an online hub of experts, useful sources and resources and the network has a growing programme of workshops and events. This year saw their debut Home and Garden Festival which featured 40 exhibitors set within a beautiful gothic castle.
As a colour expert at The Decor Café, Julie Kouamo will be presenting a talk on Confident Colour to the network later this year.
Describe your current favourite colour or colour palette and how it makes you feel?
Image: Kingfisher Blue Velvet Chair, Modelled by Kronk, photograph by Kaisa
I love happy colours and believe you should introduce colours into your home that make you feel great. Kingfisher blue makes me unbelievably happy and I have a velvet chair in this colour which I adore. The chair belonged to my father and was originally salmon pink. I loved the shape but I couldn’t bear the colour - so when I had it reupholstered I combined the best of both worlds! The Kingfisher shade perfectly suits the space in our conservatory, leading to the lush greens of the garden.
Can you tell us about a brave colour choice you made, which you feel paid off ?
Image: Brinjal by Farrow & Ball. Image Courtesy of Farrow & Ball
I seem to make particularly brave colour choices in my kitchen. The first was about ten years ago, and I decided to paint a complete wall in ‘Brinjal’ by Farrow & Ball, which takes its name from the beautiful glossy skin of the aubergine. At the time this sort of thing was completely unheard of and I distinctly recall the builder saying to me “are you sure…?” I loved the finish and the rich colour toned in with the granite of my kitchen table. Since then I have redecorated with another brave choice - a block of deep blue with purple either side.
Can you tell us about a place you have visited which is particularly memorable to you in terms of colour?
Image: Colours of India, Photograph by Debbie Blott, The Decor Café
Oh yes - this one is easy. I was completely mesmerised by the vibrant colours of India, so much so that I actually wrote a blog for The Decor Café about the experience. I visited in October and the bursts of colour were invigorating. I took photographs of everything - colourful clothing, painted buildings, piles of food at the markets, local chalk artworks, exotic wildlife and reels and reels of flowers for Diwali. On a set of steep stone steps - a little colour was daubed by the pilgrims on the way the top to ease the journey for everyone else. It was a colour awakening.
For a period of time the artist Sophie Calle only ate monochromatic meals in which the foods were the same colour. Which colour would you choose for your meal?
Image: Spinach, courtesy of Organic Connect
It just has to be Green. I’m currently vegan and I absolutely love green food - spinach, peas, broccoli. I could live on green vegetables alone!