Melanie Abbott

Hello colour lovers! My name is Melanie Abbott. I am a colour designer/colour consultant/colour stylist. I studied at iscd in 2014 and 2015. When I started with my Cert IV in Design I wasn’t sure where it would take me. My educator was a colour specialist and I think this helped pique my interest in the world of colour. Sadly I hadn’t really given colour that much attention in life but given I have a keen eye for detail it wasn’t long before I started seeing colour differently at my studies progressed. I chose to continue my studies and specialise in colour, graduating with my Diploma in Colour Design. From there I scored a job with Porter’s Paints where I worked for a few years learning yet more about colour and particularly about the creation and mixing of colour. I learnt how to see what colours go into a colour and how to achieve a colour match to something specific. While working at Porter’s I also started my own colour consultancy. I visit clients onsite and help them select colours for walls, floors, bench tops, cabinets etc and help them see how tones work together to achieve a harmonious palette.


These days I am still doing my own consulting as well as doing some online training with iscd’s new Colour Essentials online short course. This means I checkin with the students a few times a week, answer any questions, comment on their work and generally look over their contributions to the exercises etc. I have also just started as the Sydney colour stylist for Haymes Paint. Exciting!