On the Colour Couch with interior designer, Justine Guillermou

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If Justine looks familiar, it’s likely you saw her on The Big Interiors Battle on Channel 4 last year. She’s known for her colourful “happy designs for happy minds” interior style, so no surprise her company is called Rainbow Shaker!

We met at Decorex last year where I was on a panel discussion and she invited me on her podcast and here she is sharing her very colourful world, a million miles away from her former career as an aerospace engineer.

What is your earliest colour memory?

I think that it’d be my Mom. She was working in the fashion industry and was always wearing bright colours and changing her hair colour quite often as well. She’s the most joyful and sunny person I’ve ever met, so that’s why I’ve always associated colours to joy 🙂 

What does colour mean to you?

I’ve already started to answer that question above ha ha. But yeah, colour for me means joy and freedom! 

Do you have a favourite colour or a colour that you find yourself constantly drawn to? And why?

I love all bright colours! It really depends on my current state of mind, but I feel that pink may be a constant in my life. I think pink tends to be reassuring and warm. It’s also a colour that tends to be wrongly considered as girly or childish but I feel by using it, I affirm my feminist side as well!  

What do you think your life would be like without colour?

It would be quite boring actually 😕 Colour gives me the motivation and push I need to achieve what I have in mind. 

What’s your favourite colour story?

It might be a bit egocentric of me but I would say my own 😉 I was a former Aerospace Engineer and surrounded by grey environments. One day, I decided to break free from this and started re-connecting to colours, finding the lost connection to colour I had when I was a child. I started Rainbow Shaker and since then, I’ve had no regrets. I’ve worked on amazing projects and met exceptional like-minded individuals! 

Do you have a favourite colour place that you visit (or have visited)? 

My favourite colour place, or rather event, would be the London Colour Walk. It’s an event happening in Old Spitalfields Market every 3rd Thursday of every month and which is gathering a crowd of amazing and super creative colour lovers! 

If you could pick any colour and give it a name, what would that be?

I would maybe call Grey “Typical London weather”. 

For anyone afraid of colour what would your number 1 piece of advice be? 

Tap into your emotions! I think you shouldn’t use colour for the sake of using it. You should first listen to yourself and maybe start by thinking about colourful memories that made you feel alive and then try to see what the colours were from that memory. 

Which colourful person do you most admire and would love me to interview for the On the Colour Couch series?

Thanks to my podcast, I met a lot of exceptional colourful individuals and it’d very hard for me to decide 😉 Maybe, Camille Walala because she’s French (like me) and I really admire her work, but I’ve never met her in person!

I remember thinking ‘wow’ when Justine first told me her former career was an aerospace engineer. So it was no surprise to see when I was at her house to record the podcast interview that her space planning and attention to detail is exceptional. And it given that she had such a colourful mum, it was only a matter of time the colour love she had within would make its way out!

If you would like to discover more about Justine Guillermou, head over to her Instagram @rainbow.shaker.

If you would like to listen to our podcast, here’s the link.

If you fancy taking part in or just to see the London Colour walk which is at Old Spitalfields Market every 3rd Thursday of every month, click oldspitalfieldsmarket.com/events/colour-walk.

Wishing you a colourful day,

You can find out more about Decorex over here.

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