Christina Kittelstad is a tutor of QC Design School. She’s also an accomplished color consultant, home stager, and painter. Her work has even been featured on HGTV’s show, “House Hunters”. She’s the owner and lead color consultant for Spiral Design Color Consulting. Christina is best known for creating beautiful, functional spaces through the use of color, as well as establishing a sense of style and personality that’s as unique as each of her clients!
Are you currently working on your design certification, or are already working in the home design field? Whether you’re an interior decorator who’s just starting out, a well-seasoned home stager continuing to serve your clients, or anything in-between – there are MANY important reasons why you should consider receiving professional color consultant training!
Not only will this additional knowledge be a hugely beneficial addition to your qualifications and certifications, it can positively affect the future success for your business. Let’s look at 8 reasons why color consultant training will make you a more well-rounded, stronger designer!
1 – Color Consultant Training Will Boost Your Confidence!
Are you ever working on a design project with a client, and you have a clear vision of what they want… yet you’re nervous about the color scheme? Alternately, maybe you have no trouble perfectly picturing what you envision for their home, but you’re unsure how to recommend the perfect colors to fit your client’s unique style and design needs.
I’ve met many designers over the years who are very confident in their space-planning skills. Yet, when it comes to choosing colors, they panic! It’s definitely not uncommon for design experts to defer to a professional color consultant. However, this is a service that you could be profiting off of.
By outsourcing it to a different designer, you’re missing out on an opportunity to provide your client an even more convenient, all-inclusive experience. Not to mention, it’s more of an income for your business, since you’d be providing more services!
Now, if color consulting isn’t your strong suit, that’s perfectly okay. What I’m saying here is: take courage and consider getting your color consultant certification! You’ll not only learn the basic skill-set needed, you’ll also grow to understand the “why” behind choosing (and NOT choosing) certain colors.
In no time, you’ll transform into a color pro – about to bring color into your overall design projects, in an educated way!
2 – Color Consultant Training Increases Your Passion and Creativity!
If you’re reading this, I assume you already love what you do. Chances are, you’re beyond excited to get started in the design industry!
I’m willing to bet that you’re a lover of all things ‘design’. I’m also willing to assume that this includes a love for all things ‘color’ – even if it intimidates you. By learning how to properly work with color, you continue to nurture your overall passion.
Plus, furthering your education is a guaranteed way to increase your creativity as a designer! You’ll gain exposure to the world of color consulting, and trust me, you’ll come to develop a deep appreciation for it. Better yet? This newfound passion will be backed up with a professional certification, designation, and a knowledgeable skill-set.
By covering your bases, you’ll be allowing yourself to work more freely on projects. Even more importantly, you’ll be fully confident in your decisions.
3 – Color Consultant Training is Guaranteed to Impress Your Clients!
With more access than ever to design shows and social media, today’s clients are often highly educated. Many are already paying attention to design trends, so you can’t pull any fast ones over their eyes! (Not that you’d try to anyways, of course.)
This means that when they consider working with a professional designer, they have higher expectations. Those expectations include working with a designer who is qualified; someone who’ll provide clients with the assurance they’re looking for, and who will keep their project on-track.
Modern day design clients will ensure to ONLY book with someone they can trust to give them the best results.
By acquiring color consultant training, you’ll be building an even more impressive set of qualifications. Competition in this industry can already be fierce enough as it is. The more professional training you have, the better your odds are of standing out.
By putting in the time and effort to earn your color consultant certification, you can easily assure prospective clients that YOU are the right designer for them! Yes, they have many different options out there, but YOU will confidently tackle any challenges their unique project presents.
YOU will get the job done the way they truly want!
Your clients need to feel secure that you, as the professional, know exactly how to approach their project – and have the exact qualifications to do so. Your color consultant education will absolutely help achieve this.
4 – Color Consultant Training Will Teach You to Be Prepared and Flexible!
In the design business, you can never be too prepared. The recent pandemic has shown us all just how much we need to be ready to pivot, and adjust our business practices at any time.
This includes effective marketing, adjusting your target clients (when necessary), and working virtually with clients as an added service. By including professional color consulting on your list of qualifications and design services offered, you greatly increase your overall value as a designer. Not to mention, it improves your chances of booking clients for projects!
Know where your strengths are, but be willing to work on strengthening other areas as well. This will keep you relevant and employable.
5 – Color Consultant Training Teaches You the RIGHT Way!
By receiving professional color consultant training, you’ll also be getting the massive opportunity to work with real-time designers and color experts. These pros will not only mentor you throughout the course; they’ll be the ones teaching you everything you need to know, including how to approach color consulting with your design clients.
Receiving valuable feedback and instruction from long-time color consultants is priceless! It can fast-track your success by making you a stronger designer. It can also save you years’ worth of self-taught mistakes.
Instead, you get the chance to learn from other people’s mistakes and successes. There is not enough money in the WORLD that can compare to receiving this kind of valuable feedback and mentorship!
6 – Color Consultant Training Can Boost Your Salary!
Color consultant training will make you a stronger designer. This is a sure fact.
Many designers lack a proper understanding of basic color theory, color terminology, lighting, sheens, texture, undertones, and/or how to create balanced color schemes. Many attempt to work with color, but don’t understand the “hows” and “whys” of what they’re recommending to clients.
By acquiring this type of training, you’re growing into a stronger designer, with a more well-developed skill-set. Plus, you’ll develop a higher confidence level AND a larger array of services you can ultimately offer clients.
Because of all this, you can justify charging higher rates for your work. After all, your fees reflect the value and quality of services you are offering. Higher quality (and higher quantity) services deserve to be priced accordingly! By getting color consultant training, this will allow you to raise your rates and charge appropriately.
7 – Color Consultant Training Increases Your Job Opportunities!
There’s no time like the present to self-reflect! Ask yourself: are there any areas of design that I can gain more knowledge and experience in?
By choosing to learn how to work with color properly, you’re also expanding your potential opportunities to:
- Work with successful design firms
- Get apprenticeships
- Receive entry-level positions in design firms or paint stores
- Work with other professionals in the business (such as realtors, architects, painters, and builders)
Your professional network is critical in an industry such as this. Anything that positively benefits and expands it is definitely worth considering!
8 – Color Consultant Training Keeps You Current!
Becoming a stronger designer through working with color also means you have the opportunity to stay on top of current color trends! You also get to learn about:
- New technologies
- Online color tools
- New paint products and finishes
- Paint company innovations
- And so much more!
What’s even greater than this, though, is that you get to watch and learn first-hand! From QC Design School’s color experts, to print publications, to social media – you’ll discover just how much information is out there for you to grab a hold of!
There are truly so many reasons why color consultant will make you a stronger designer. The efforts you make now will help set you (and your business) up for future success. You’ll be more than ready to confidently say “YES” when a dream project comes knocking!