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Professionals inspired to utilise colour in new Dulux Academy Colour Courses

The Dulux Academy, which opened earlier this year as the UK’s first academy for professionals in the domestic and commercial decoration and refurbishment markets, will offer a new collection of colour ‘Colour and Design’ courses from January 2017.


The courses are designed to demonstrate colour theory and provide hands-on opportunities to acquire and practice new design and application skills. With the new Dulux Trade Colour Futures 2017 collection of paint colours now available, attendees on the new Colour and Design courses will also be given insights into the new trends that are starting to emerge in interiors for the year ahead.


Vickie Mather, Dulux Academy Manager says: “Creating and enhancing interior spaces with appropriate use of beautiful colour is a highly sought-after skill, whether at the applier or specifier end of the market. However, anecdotal evidence right across the industry seems to suggest that a lack of confidence when it comes to understanding how to use colour properly. Colour has such a transformative and beautiful effect when applied in a thoughtful and considered way and our courses will enable professional decorators, architects, interior designers and occasional specifiers such as property developers to understand every aspect of how to use colour in their projects.


Courses range from introductory level courses on colour theory to advanced, intensive courses on creating and designing schemes that utilise the latest colour trends. Each course also provides credits toward the UK’s first ever City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Colour, Design and Professional Decorating – a qualification established specifically for Dulux Academy.


Two-day course, ‘Designing Beautiful Living Spaces’ is just one of the seven creatively inspiring colour courses on offer that will help develop attendees’ confidence in designing colour schemes.  The course, which runs from 16th to 17th February, will bring established theories from the worlds of Colour Science, Theory, Culture and the language of colour with practical guidance on designing colour schemes, mitigating factors such as light and space and creative decorating techniques. Attendees will be encouraged to use the theories they learn to experiment during the course in a series of practical challenges.


Specifying a decorative scheme and colours in sectors such as public housing, education, healthcare and hospitality is governed by strict legislative guidance laid down by the Equality Act 2010. Thanks to the Dulux Academy, architects, commercial interior designers, property developers and occasional specifiers such as facilities managers can brush up on or gain an in-depth understanding of their obligations to create accessibility for visually impaired and sighted people in a building. The Dulux Academy ‘Colour and Legislation’ course on 16th March will provide the latest regulatory guidance on Light Reflectance Values (LRV), colour and contrast and how to select the correct shade from the Dulux Trade notation system and to use various Dulux Trade tools. 


Vickie Mather said: “Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is critical for professionals in the interiors, decorating and building specification industries but people often put the day job in front of their own learning and continued development. We have designed courses at the Dulux Academy to build professionals’ knowledge, skills and confidence so that they can more easily fit their learning around busy schedules in half day, full day and two-day sessions. Attendees will not only gain a great deal of confidence in colour but will be able to utilise course credits towards a recognised qualification that will further enhance their professional career.”


The full list of Dulux Academy Colour and Design courses can be viewed on the Dulux Academy website at www.duluxacademy.co.uk  

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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