I must confess I do enjoy searching out colourful posts on Instagram. And I love it even more when I find other colour lovers. I stumbled across Erica Vonderwall’s IG page and when I saw that she loved colour and travelling, which are two of my great passions, well I knew I just had to find out more. Here Erica shares where her love of colour started and why she won’t wear navy blue…
What is your earliest colour memory?
The lime green bathroom in the house I grew up in, the Mission Brown hallways, and the aqua blue lounge room – the house was a riot of colour, with prints and ornaments and pillows… my Mum is as much of a colour fiend as I am, it’s not hard to see the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree!
What does colour mean to you?
It’s how I show off my personality. From my hair to my outfit, people are able to take one look at me and see that I’m a pretty happy, vibrant person, and it saves a lot of small talk and introductions! If I wear something of interest, that usually sparks conversation in itself.
Do you have a favourite colour or a colour that you find yourself constantly drawn to? And why?
I am guilty of wearing a lot of pink, and being drawn to it in general. I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite colour (that’s a four-way tie between lilac, coral, sunny yellow and emerald green!), but for some reason, it’s always my go-to with hair and wardrobe. I grew up a bit of a Tomboy, so maybe this is my unconscious rebellion…
Were you ever afraid or wary of colour? And what did you do to overcome this?
I definitely tried to dull my colour, once upon a time. It was a tricky time, one when I was trying to fit in to a new city and just wear what everyone else was wearing, but… I soon got bored. I honestly am just not a black and grey kind of person, and navy blue is like my own personal hell (13 years of a navy school uniform!) so one day I just threw caution to the wind and starting wearing my old favourites again. People love it, they live vicariously through you as they often don’t believe they could “pull it off”. I absolutely believe EVERYONE can pull off colour!
Do you have a favourite colour place that you visit (or have visited)?
I like to pride myself of my ability to find colour just about everywhere I go – you just have to look for it! Especially during a long London winter, it’s important for me to take advantage of the galleries and exhibitions that go on to get my colour fix… The Wonder Factory in Dalston was the last one I went to; it had a giant marshmallow ball pit and a confetti room! It was great.
For anyone afraid of colour what would your number 1 piece of advice be?
Start small, and add some colourful accessories to your life. A handbag or headband – something small but bright, and something that will ease you into the next pieces – shoes, a bright coat, or a rainbow umbrella!
Which colourful person do you most admire and would love me to interview for the On the Colour Couch series?
I adore Zabby Allen and her colourful community called; In Colourful Company – she’d be perfect!
I love that Erica expresses herself through the colours she loves. If going bright and vibrant isn’t for you, not to worry, pick the colours you love. I bought a colourful rainbow umbrella back in February to replace the one I lost. It really is eye catching. I feel great even in the London drizzle!
Wishing you a colourful day,