COLOR YOUR LIFE – Guest Blogger Week: Sibella Court

Welcome to COLOR YOUR LIFE – Guest Blogger week! We have invited 5 vibrant contributors to the YOLO Colorhouse blog to write about how color inspires the creative work they do and beautifies the world we live in. Today’s guest blogger: designer and author Sibella Court.

Comment on this blog to make a $1 donation to Sibella’s non-profit of choice, Cancer Council. As Australia’s peak national non-government cancer control organization, Cancer Council Australia advises the Australian Government and other bodies on practices and policies to help prevent, detect and treat cancer. They also advocate for the rights of cancer patients for best treatment and supportive care.


Sibella Court – Author of Etcetera, The Stylist’s Guide to NYC, Nomad&Bowerbird, shopowner of The Society inc, interior stylist, product designer, globetrotter.

I like to look at life in colour, it is a strong memory trigger, and for those of us with poor ones, a gentle reminder is always welcome. To me, everything is about colour. It influences things I produce, places I go, seasons I gravitate toward and all other aspects of my life. Coming from a styling background, colour has always been the most important tool with which I work. It has led me to create The Society inc. paint range based on my 10-colour palette theory, as well as many commercial interior spaces, styled sets for magazines and other product ranges. This is tried & tested – I use it everyday!

Photo Credit: Chris Court

My 10-colour palette theory resulted from the fact that my world was based around a captivation with colour and the need to utilise it in all parts of my job. This palette gives me positive boundaries to work within as I style, create and design. You can use two, four, seven or all of the colours in a palette that you may have created yourself from things you love or been inspired to use from a space or shoot that already exists.

Photo Credit: Chris Court

Travelling is a huge inspiration. Colour can transport you to a space you once visited, always wanted to explore or like to dream about. I believe places reveal their identity through a colour palette. I look for colour combinations in the local architecture, crafts, textiles, buildings, nature, art, food, even transport (may that be a camel, train, tuktuk or rickshaw) anything really which you can refer to in your own travel photos or others. It might be complex or simple. But it tells a story, inspires memories, scents, scapes or emotions, acts as a foundation for design and opportunity for it to be translated into many parts of your life. In my line of work I am lucky enough to establish these globetrotting memories into my books and commercial bars. The pictures are from my third book, Nomad: Bringing Your Travels Home and the sets I created in the pictures were inspired by Mexico, the Amalfi Coast, India and Japan.

Photo Credit: Chris Court

Once I based a photoshoot entirely around the colours of a monarch butterfly: Damascus red, mustard and ochre oranges, and dirty cream. This came about after I discovered that Monarch butterflies migrate in their thousands to Big Sur in California every year. What a sight! It is on the top of my list and one day I will go there to see it for the first time, even though I have already translated into other parts of my life. I encourage all people to play with colour, to use it and change it and let it inspire them like it inspires me.

Photo Credit: Chris Court

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