Would you like to increase your credibility, earn professional credentials and expand your understanding of color? Then you are in the right place!
Do you have a talent for using color but would like to be recognized as a color specialist or color expert?
Would you like your customers to feel more confident in following your color and design recommendations?
Do you have a talent for selecting colors but don't feel as skilled when it comes to explaining why the colors work well together?
Are you tired of charging lower fees than you desire, but are afraid you won't get the business if you charge more?
What if I told you that there was a simple, proven, step-by-step path to:
Get ready to be excited - because that proven path exists! And it all comes down to ONE key strategy that can change everything.
"When you are able to educate your client about color and it's role in their design project in a way that celebrates the passion, life and vitality that color brings to their lives you exponentially increase their confidence in you and your ability to help them to make excellent color and design decisions."
This is your blueprint for success! This course is the step-by-step plan for taking what you know and using it to sell yourself and your services for the fees you deserve.
You will LOVE the Action Plan because it lays out for you, exactly what to do to get new clients, earn higher fees and make more profits starting from wherever you are in your business right now.
Simply follow this plan to take positive action without overwhelm! Begin seeing results before you even complete the course as you implement small changes each week.
No going it alone! A key component of this program is implementation and action. Which is why we’re going to walk through the Action Plan together.
When you register, you’ll receive access to the online classroom and your first modules. After you’ve had a little time to settle in and get started, we’re going to implement the Action Plan as a group.
You’ll get get access to a LIVE group coaching and Q+A time with Kate Smith every week for up to 5 months even if you have completed the program in less time. These sessions are where you can get your questions answered and the coaching you need to take action! Plus you’ll also have access to Kate and her team in our online classroom forum and private Facebook group.
In the same way our LIVE classes provide an environment for connecting with and learning from other successful design professionals, our ONLINE classes give you access to a thriving virtual community of color professionals to learn from and connect with.
This group includes current participants and program alumni. It also serve as a place to interact with Kate personally and get your questions answered while you implement the action plan. We meet as a group so that everyone will have the opportunity to benefit from your questions and the answers provided.
JUMPSTART YOUR SUCCESS AS A COLOR PRO!
Success From The Start
Right from the beginning of the course, we outline exactly what it takes to be successful as a Color Specialist
Be Part of the Color Community
Once you have registered, you will almost Immediately have access to our online private Facebook group so that you can easily connect with others students and graduates of this course. It is a place to ask questions, give feedback, share ideas and meet other color professionals. It is also a great place to get advice from other students as well as Kate and the community leaders on anything related to color, color consulting or running a successful business.
From The Art And Science Of Color To Its Practical Application
When you specialize in color, you will want to know more about color than the average designer or consultant. In this course you will get a solid understanding of the art and science of color. But we take it a step further and show you how these concepts have practical application in your business.
Define the Ways The Colors You Use As A Professional Are Organized
Throughout this course you will be using the same materials and tools you use everyday as a color professional. So while you learn to see and organize all colors by value, intensity, temperature and undertone you will be doing it with the actual colors . You will also learn about how paint color systems are organized. You'll then learn how to organize your own paint color samples.
Become Familiar With All Aspects Of Color
Don't underestimate how much you will benefit from having a solid understanding of the basics of color. You will be learning everything from terminology and theory to how color works with the elements of design and how colors interact with one another. As you take your time to digest each idea and complete the hands on exercises you will really become familiar with the concepts. The firmer your foundation the more you can achieve with color!
Learn To Truly See And Describe Colors
You will learn all about individual colors and what makes each of more than 16 million colors unique.To do this you will discover how colors are formed, arranged and described. This is important because being able to identify a color’s characteristics and describe them is the first step in being able to design with color.
One of the most effective techniques for alleviating frustration and mastering color, especially when it comes to selecting whites and neutrals, is to understand how color undertones affect what the color will look like in the context of your design. Evaluating the color and the undertones is well worth the effort. Expertly choosing colors that harmonize is the foundation of sensational designs. It may seem challenging at first, but like most things – practice makes perfect!
Create Color Harmony
You will discover how to create harmonious color combinations and schemes by using the tried-and-true color relationships. Then you will learn how to create unlimited harmonious combinations with confidence. You will also be able to create combinations. And for those times, you want something more attention getting or jarring, you'll know how color discord or clashing colors can be used.
Even More Ways To Create Color Harmony
Most color pros know how the basics of putting colors together. But you aren’t just any colorist. You are the person who wants to be above average and know more than most designers about color. You will discover some techniques used by very talented designers and colorist across many fields yet they are rarely talked about when you are learning about color for architectural design so most people are left to discover them on their own, if at all.
Color Psychology, Symbolism, And Meaning
Learn how people react to color and why. You may be amazed to find that your color intuition is deeply rooted in research, history, and even culture, where one color can have vastly different meanings across societies. The color psychology section gives you a new perspective on the general responses to color that can affect the color schemes you create.
Understand How Color Affects Behavior
Learn about how we perceive the colors in the world around us and why we react to colors the way we do.
See How Your Reactions To 30 Different Colors Stack Up To Other Color Pros
First you will take the survey yourself. Then you can compare your results with the data gathered from 100s of other color pros. Are your reactions different than those of other designers. Find out.
Speaking The Same Color Language As Your Customer
Knowing how to speak to your clients and sharing some of your color knowledge and know-how in a way they are comfortable with not only helps them to feel like they are a vital part of the design process. By knowing exactly how to speak to your clients about color, you can clearly communicate and show to bring their ideas to life at every step in the process.
Color Tips and Techniques that Build Your Confidence
Learn about why having a solid understanding of color and how having knowledge of color theory, interactions of color and color systems will make your job as a designer or consultant easier.
THE GUIDE TO GETTING YOUR CLIENTS TO TRUST YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS
Change the Mood of Any Room
Go beyond a simple color combination as you learn to bring together psychology, physiology, meanings, and symbolism with a solid understanding of how to create harmonious colors schemes to create just the right mood for your clients.
But it Takes More Than Color to Infuse a Room With Feelling
Using the eight moods clients request most often, you will be given the specific design elements and characteristics that are key to creating each mood. This is a valuable template that you aren’t going to find anywhere else!
Context, Context, Context!
Placement, finish, sheen, material, texture, and lighting all play a role in how color appears. As a color specialist, you will have the expertise to know how different surfaces and substrates as well as lighting impacts the appearance of color.
Creating Your Clients Ideal Scheme
Successful color schemes for the home depend on getting the hues, values and proportions of color right. You’ll learn the secrets to creating a harmonious whole home color scheme. You will also discover how creating a cohesive scheme can create the feeling of more space, make a scheme easy to update, and create a more comfortable environment.
The Most Common Mistakes Your Clients Make When Choosing Color
The best way to solve someone’s problem and thus get them to hire you is to first understand exactly what is causing the trouble. We show you exactly where homeowners go wrong with color so you can position yourself as the solution.
Learn How to Create Flow
You will see why the conventional design advice about creating flow that you have probably heard more than once over the years is outdated and doesn’t give you a true formula that works for most residential design projects. Our method shows you how to create flow for today’s homes and homeowners.
The Consulting Process Step-By-Step
Every consultation takes on a life of its own but I have found that there are some specific steps that must be included in order to get the best results.
Your Face-To-Face Meeting
The most successful consultations are methodical and transparent. The customer knows what to expect and as the consultant you are able to clearly articulate the thought process behind your recommendations. My years of experience as a color expert have given me a process that works amazingly well. I’m going to walk you through it so that you can model it in your own work.
Build on What You Already Know
Last, we’ll give you a great way to take what you already know and use it more effectively to fast forward your success and get your clients to say yes to color!
You're the Color Pro; Your Client is the Color Decision Maker
We show you how to guide your client through the process, educating and advising them at every step, helping them to confidently make the choices that will transform their living spaces.
No Need to Guess
We tell you exactly how to use the information in the course to generate more revenue, more quickly. Nothing is held back!
COLOR TRAINING SPECIFICALLY FOR DESIGN AND DECORATING PROS
FRESH Color for Home Exteriors
FRESH is the approach Kate uses when selecting colors for a home exterior. In this course, you will learn to use this same process for choosing colors for a home exterior that she has used successfully to specify colors for hundreds of home exteriors. By following the FRESH steps you will be able to pick the perfect colors for any home exterior.
The Five Key Elements That Must Be Considered
Learn to identify the five key elements that must be considered when choosing exterior colors and how they influence color choices.
One Step at a Time
Discover our strategies for helping your customers make confident color decisions. Then see how to walk your clients through the process step-by-step in a way that ends with saying, "Yes!" to your color recommendations.
A Home Exterior is Not a Blank Canvas
Unless a home is being built from the ground up, it is not a blank canvas. There are many things to consider as you select colors, and you'll learn which features are most influential in determining the final color scheme.
The Influence of Regional Colors
See how geography can influence the color scheme of a home’s exterior. Regional color preferences come from a blend of the region’s natural characteristics –climate, topography, landscape and quality of the natural light –together with the housing styles, available materials, and history of the area.
How to Adapt a Color Scheme to the Home's Setting
The natural setting and landscaping surrounding the home are elements to keep in mind when selecting exterior colors.
The architectural style of the home is an important part of the color equation. You will want the color scheme to respect the home’s design. Color and materials must support the home’s architecture, not vice versa.
Working With Homeowners Associations
Having a home with a striking exterior can be both an asset and source of pride for its owners. But, homeowners must keep the HOA guidelines in mind as they think about how they want to express themselves with color and style. You will learn to create an exterior color scheme that stands out while still fitting into the neighborhood.
Build on What You Already Know
When a homeowner owns a home in a historic district there is more to consider when choosing color than for most other homes. We share tips on how to work within a historic district and help your client navigate the process for getting their color scheme approved.
Don't Confuse Your Client
Often you will think about color, material and product choices for a home exterior all at once. However, most clients do not have the experience to see your vision unless you show them how to make color decisions one by one and usually in a very particular order. We show you how to guide your client to see the same beautiful vision for their home that you do.
Pricing for an Exterior Color Consultation
We give you guidance on how what to charge and why for an exterior color consultation.
COLOR YOUR BUSINESS SUCCESSFUL
Position Yourself for Success
For every business there is an optimal balance between the time, money and energy it takes to do business and the benefits received in terms of revenue and profit. In this step you will discover the right balance for you.
Discover the 6 Things Every Home Color Consultant Must Do
It is important to be seen as a professional both by your clients and suppliers. Follow the steps outlined and you’ll be on your way to positioning yourself as a “go-to” color expert or specialist.
No More Giving Away Your Services
You’ve invested time and money in gaining your expertise. It is only right that you want to be paid for sharing that expertise with you clients. We tell you exactly what information to share freely and what to share only with the clients who hire you.
Talking About Your Sensational Business
When you are ask about what you do, your response must be clear, compelling and brief. The style should be conversational and authentic. Kate guides you to develop your own unique answer that is all of those things and opens the door to new business.
Setting Prices that Both You and Your Client Feel are Worth It
Here’s a little secret. Your fee is only part of the pricing equation. How you communicate the value of what you deliver is the other. Finding the right balance between the two is what sets the stage for both you and your clients feeling satisfied. Our step-by-step template for setting your fees, and talking about them with ease and credibility will help you find the right price for any service or product you deliver.
Create Your Selling Strategy and Selling Statement
Understanding how to correctly set your price for profit and how to communicate your pricing to your target customer is perhaps the single most treasured skill you can develop as a business owner. Surprisingly very few business owners put time and attention into getting this right.
Turn Callers Into Paying Clients
When your initial contact with a customer is on the telephone it can be a little trickier to gain their confidence and move them from prospect to client. A few well-crafted questions asked in the right order keeps you from sounding pushy and leads the caller into setting an appoint. It also helps you to steer clear of giving free color advice.
Why and How to Confirm Your Appointments
Booking the appointment does not guarantee that your client won’t come up with any number of reasons to cancel. We show you how to reassure your client that they have made a good decision and that you are the solution to their problem.
How to Create Your Own Tip Sheets
By sending this out to your clients before the appoint you keep them engaged and can begin setting client expectations before you even arrive.
Learn the Best Way to Sell Color Services
Each week you will be able to attend Kate's group coaching call where she lets you in on her philosophy for selling color and shows you exactly why it has been so successful in attracting clients from individual homeowners to major corporations. Plus she'll give you strategies on how to apply what you've learned to your own business.
As a graduate of the Color Consultant Certification program one of my gifts to you is to provide an online directory. This has been a great opportunity for you to be found by customers looking for a color consultant. I have passed on many referrals to Color Consultant Certification graduates and have received feedback from others who have had people visiting my websites contact them directly.
This is also a big benefit of being a Sensational Color program graduate because the links from this page can directly bring you new business. Plus because of my websites ranking your listing can improve your visibility in search engines, which could mean more business from other sources, too!
Painters, Decorative Artists, Contractors & Industry Professionals
Interior Designers & Decorators
Design & Color Consultants
Window Fashion Professionals, Home Stagers, & Organizers
In the LIVE classes you will complete some pre-course work online followed by a 2 information-packed days learning with the guidance of your instructor color expert Kate Smith leading you every step of the way.
When you choose the ONLINE course you have the ability to absorb all of the same valuable information at a more leisurely pace and as you work both independently and with Kate remotely during the group coaching & Q&A calls.
Both options have advantages and some students have chosen to do both. Unlike other courses, if you enroll in the online course and later decided you would like to attend one of the live classes we will apply your entire payment for the ONLINE course towards the fee for the LIVE class.
You can begin the ONLINE course now and then attend in person and have the LIVE experience, too. Many past students recommend this option because they said they could digest the material at their own pace ONLINE and then get direct feedback on their color work in the LIVE class.
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REGISTER AND GET STARTED NOW
You will have access to the online classroom 24/7 once the course begins.
Each session begins with a 90-day step-by-step plan for completing the course. During that time Kate will guide you and answer all of your questions in weekly Q&A calls.
Kate will also personally review your work and give you valuable, personalized feedback. This course is packed with information and having direct access to a skilled professional is invaluable as you work through the materials and course content.
COLOR CERTIFICATE PROGRAM ONLINE
The complete Color Certification Program is taught in four parts. You may enroll in one course or commit to the full program. Completing all four levels successfully earns you the designation of Certified Color Specialist.
Color Certificate Program LEVELS 1, 2, 3, and 4
COLOR CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Best Value! $1797 if purchased individually
Color Certificate Program LEVEL 1
COLOR MASTERY for Design and Decorating Pros
Color Certificate Program LEVEL 2
CONFIDENT COLOR CONSULTING for Home Interiors
Prerequisite: Level 1 COLOR MASTERY for Design and Decorating Pros
Color Certificate Program LEVEL 3
EXPERT EXTERIOR Color Selection
Helpful but not required: LEVEL 2 CONFIDENT COLOR CONSULTING
Color Certificate Program LEVEL 4
COLOR SPECIALIST Successful Sales and Marketing
Prerequisite: PART 2 or 3 COLOR CONSULTING Interiors or Exteriors
2017 IN PERSON SESSIONS
Register now for one of 3 locations
Each live session begins with a pre-class online group session with Kate to kickstart your learning even before you meet in person. This sessions also prepare you so that you can get the most out of your live experience. During that time Kate will answer all of your pre-class questions.
Kate works with you during the class to review your color selections, price structure, client communications and on all aspects of the consulting process. This course is packed with information and having the ability to work side-by-side with Kate is invaluable.
COLOR CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN PERSON
There are four levels to the Color Certification Program. Each level is a stand alone learning experience. You may enroll in an individual course or continue your learning through the more advanced levels in future in person classes or online. A certificate of completion is earned for each level. Completing all four levels successfully earns you the designation of Certified Color Specialist.
Color Certificate Program LEVEL 1
COLOR MASTERY for Design & Decorating Pros
2-DAY IN PERSON
Register now for these locations:
ATLANTA, GA October 17th and 18th
ATLANTA DECORATIVE ARTS CENTER (ADAC)
351 Peachtree Hills Avenue NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
NEW YORK, NY November 14th and 15th
New York Design Center (NYDC)
200 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Kate is a fabulous engaging instructor & down to earth. Very thorough course and by having it online makes it much easier to complete in your own time frame.
The course was both informative and challenging. As an interior professional I was interested in gaining new knowledge and an intensive review of color specification. This study went beyond my expectations with the personal attention and input received from Kate Smith. The best benefit was the practical application of marketing yourself, meeting with clients and tools to expand your business, including a network of highly qualified professionals in the field of color.
Kate covered a lot of information in a fresh new way, that felt fun and informative. I looked forward to each module. The project at the end does a nice job of having you work through the process.
ONLINE - Most people complete all four parts of the program in 90-130 days. Some have worked through the program more quickly while others like to take a break between the different courses. The beauty of taking this program online is that you can complete the coursework at your own pace.
IN PERSON - Most people are able to complete each course within the scheduled class time (One or two days depending on the course) plus a couple of hours outside of the classroom.
Take the time you need. This program is designed specifically for busy professionals like you. Kate knows that even with the best of intentions when you signed up, that things happen that can prevent you from having the time to work on the course right away.
In fact, many people have signed up because their workload was light only to have a awesome client or project almost magically show up. That is the power of investing in yourself and your business. Even before you complete the course, good things start coming your way!
Our goal is for you to complete the program and get a great return on the investment you are making in yourself through us. We will do our very best to help you to achieve that goal.
Yes, both ONLINE and IN PERSON students will have lifetime* access to the online classroom and all course content.
*Note that this in not my lifetime or your lifetime but the lifetime of this website and Sensational Color. After 17 years we're still going strong so I think it is safe to say you'll have access for a long time.
The online coaching sessions are optional. These sessions are not required but most students enjoy working directly with Kate and find the personal guidance very helpful. It is also a great time to connect with others in the classes as well as recent graduates.
Yes, often designers have to work within existing color schemes or materials that are challenging. This course will unlocks the secrets to finding solutions to even the most difficult color dilemmas and give you color strategies to work with colors that you wouldn’t have necessarily chosen.
No, the course is open to anyone working with color, design and decorating whether or not you have earned a degree. Many of our students have been designers for many years. Some are changing careers, others are just starting out in the design industry, and still others work in other home or design related fields.
Yes, one of the main goals of this course is to teach you how colors come together in pleasing ways so that you will be able to create harmonious color schemes every time. You will be able to bring colors together in an unlimited number of beautiful and unexpected combinations.
You will also learn how to create flow using Kate's unique method and plan. This is one of the things our students have found extremely valuable in working with their own clients.
"We started remodeling as I was starting the color class. I used Kate's methods to do a whole house color plan. I had never done that before. I love how it turned out!" ~ Amy Otteson, Amy Oh Design
We have found that for most people, color decisions come from a combination of experience and a natural eye for color; we encourage you to continue to employ any techniques that have proven successful. However, becoming familiar with all aspects of color and understanding how its use goes beyond just its aesthetic appeal will allow you to take full advantage of the true power of color in your business.
ONLINE Courses: Your request for a refund or exchange and the reason for the request must be made in writing and received in our office within 14 days from the date that your first payment was processed or prior to beginning the 2nd of any course, whichever comes first. Your original payment will be refunded to your credit card within 10 days from the date we acknowledge your refund request. Requests received outside of the above timeframe are not eligible for a refund but the full amount paid can be applied to a another course or product, if used within 1 year.
LIVE Courses: Your request for a refund must be made in writing and received in our office at least 21 days prior to the first day of class. Your payment amount in full will be refunded to you within 10 days from the date your request is accepted. Cancellations received less than 21 days prior to the first class not eligible for a refund but the full amount paid can be applied to a another course or product, if used within 1 year.
Kate would be happy to speak to you briefly to answer your questions and tell you more about what you can expect from the course.
Call the office at 703-244-4499 or schedule a date/time on Kate’s calendar.