Sim Barker, Color Specialist, Interior Design Lecturer, and Interiors Writer
What led you to start to become a color specialist, an interior design lecturer, and an interiors writer?
My work with started as a result of working for a designer paint company: Mylands. I teach interior design because I love having the opportunity to communicate design ideas and encouraging students to grow creatively.
What is your favorite aspect of being a color specialist, an interior design lecturer, and interiors writer?
Having the chance to curate colour collections is a great privilege.
What have you learned the most from your careers as a color specialist, as an interior design lecturer, and as an interiors writer?
My students teach me lots about humanity, our wants and needs, how we can make the best of what we have and how we can sometimes un-knowingly stifle our own creativity.
What tips and ideas do you have for other’s who would like to be color specialists, interior design lecturers, and interiors writers?
I would always go to art school to get a good grounding before making a decision on which direction you want to go in.
What are your favorite features of being a color specialist, an interior design lecturer, and an interiors writer?
I love working with the colour schemes I create in client homes. Colour works like alchemy and can totally change a space, refreshing preconceived ideas and even making our older stuff look new!
What is at the heart of your career as a color specialist, as an interior design lecturer, and as an interiors writer that you want your clients, students, and readers to take home?
I would like all of us to do two things:
Remember that the whole family need to be involved in colour choices for the home.
Decorate for the people who live in the home, not the people who visit.