Colour Consultant

A colour consultant is a person with exceptional skill in using colour to maximum effect.

The colour consultant’s primary function is to advise interior designers, architects, textile manufacturers and private domestic clients on the effective use of colour.

In addition to familiarity with colour theory, a colour consultant requires sound technical knowledge of dyes, fabrics, fabric production processes, paints and surface treatments (such as different wall and ceiling finishes). Colour consultants are often given the freedom to co-ordinate colour schemes for an entire project.

How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

  • National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
  • National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course
Each institution has its own entry requirements.

What to Study

Diploma: At various universities of technology.

A considerable amount of technical knowledge with respect to products and chemicals is required in order for the colour consultant to operate effectively. This is usually acquired during in-service training, working with an experienced colour consultant who assists in the acquisition of this knowledge. Prospective employers usually offer training programmes.


  • paint manufacturers
  • textile manufacturers
  • large interior design and architecture firms
  • own consultancy business

Further Information

Any of the above potential employers

Getting Started

  • make an appointment to speak to a colour consultant about this type of work
  • experiment with colours and fabrics and develop your own portfolio

Programmes by Study Institutions

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