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Meet Charlotte Cropper: Lick International Colour Consultant

WordsMegan Lambert

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Drumroll please… meet Charlotte Cropper! The newest International Colour Consultant to join our team of colour experts - we thought we’d introduce her properly to our community of decorators. Artist, designer, and colour consultant specialising in the psychology of colour, of herself, Charlotte says “I’m an ideas person”. We say, she’s a doer too.

From designing cushions for CasaCarta (Laura Jackson’s a fan) to her own table design called ‘Reconnect’, she even created our very own Lick wall mural in Shoreditch, Charlotte’s always got a new idea up her sleeve. She honed her skill at Sydney Design School. And, after studying an illustration course at Camberwell College of Arts, she enrolled on the Colour Psychology course by Karen Haller. And the rest, as they say, is history.

THE CUSHIONS CHARLOTTE DESIGNED FOR CASACARTA
CHARLOTTE'S TABLE DESIGN CALLED ‘RECONNECT’

So we thought we’d sit down and do a little Q&A with our latest member of the team and find out how she got into the business of colour, where she gets her inspiration, and of course, what’s her favourite Lick paint?

How did you get into interior design?

I’ve always been interested in art and interiors, so whilst living in Australia I worked at Sydney Design School before returning to the UK to do an Art and Design Foundation Course, after which I studied Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts. It was here that I became really interested in colour and how it affects our emotions and wellbeing. After completing a remote ‘Colour for Interiors’ course at the Sydney Design School I decided to dig a bit deeper and enrol in Karen Haller’s course on Colour Psychology.

What are your biggest influences and source of inspiration?

Travel, discovering new places and meeting new people, whether it be the Italian Alps or the Moroccan desert. I love immersing myself in different cultures, getting to know the people, their rituals and traditions. I moved to Italy after university, where I currently live (in Milan) so I’m constantly surrounded by centuries-old neo-classical architecture. It’s impossible not to be influenced by that.

Why do you think colour psychology is so important to consider in interior design?

I think it’s more important than any of us realise, perhaps even more after Covid. Colour Is directly related to your wellbeing, how you feel, how you behave and how you interact with others. It's personal. What's right for your best friend, might not be right for you. What makes me feel calm, might make someone else feel anxious. Colour affects us all differently, so it's about observing how YOU feel around different colours. We are really good at looking after our physical health, but we often neglect our mental health. Colour isn't the answer to all our problems, but it can certainly help to remedy that. And home is the best place to start.

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