On the Colour Couch with Interior Stylist Emma Merry

Little Book Of Colour On The Colour Couch With Emma Merry

It was thanks to the lovely Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director Dulux who suggested to Emma she get in touch with me given we are both colour lovers. After our first chat  we both knew we’d be friends. Emma just loves bold colour and yet her least favourite colour is lime green. Let’s jump in to find out more about her love of colour…

What is your earliest colour memory?

It’s not a very exciting one I’m afraid, but it was my favourite top at primary school, it was a very 90’s pink and grey number and I remember how the colour combination made me feel. I just loved it.

What does colour mean to you?

It’s like my battery pack, it energises me, fuels my creativity. Home isn’t home without it.

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

Bold colour is my jam. I’d say Cobalt blue is top of my list, it lights a bit of a fire in me when I look at it, seriously considering painting the entire outside of my house in it.

Do you have a colour that you least like? And why?

Oh god Lime Green. We’ve spoken about this before as perhaps there’s an association from my past with it that I can’t get over, just haven’t put my finger on it yet!

What do you love most about working with colour?

I love seeing the impact it has on a client when I help them decide on some excellent colours that are true to them. The pride in their face as they show off their new space.

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

A rainy day on repeat.

What’s your favourite colour story?

Oooh tricky question. Not sure I have many interesting ones myself but have you seen the TED Talk by Neil Harbisson, amazing how he hears colour, and that the supermarket aisles are like a nightclub for him.

Were you ever afraid or wary of colour? And what did you do to overcome this?

I like to think I’m pretty fearless with colour.

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

I really enjoyed the Olafur Eliasson exhibition at the tate, the fog tunnel was fun where you see lots of different colours, some real, some that your eyes just made up. One place I know I will love but still haven’t been is Jardin Majorelle.

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

Clear your mind of outside influences and think what colours you’d like to take with you if stranded on a desert island. 

Having been to Emma’s place I can agree that she’s fearless when it comes to colour!

I just love Emma’s colour recommendations – Neil Harbisson is amazing, the Olafur Eliasson exhibition was so much fun and Jardin Majorelle is on my colour list too.

Last year Emma and I videoed a series of colourful conversations for her Instagram TV channel which you can watch over here.


Emma and I are going to be at the Country Living Spring Fair April 26th on the Country Living Stage. Head over to my Events page to find out more. Hope to see you there.

If you would like to discover more about Emma’s colourful world, then head over to her Instagram @homemilk.

Wishing you a colourful day,

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