“I’m a paint nerd,” laughs Michele Muir owner of the brand new Hue Design Studio (5558 Sullivan Street). After 10 years working as a colour consultant, interior decorator and passionate furniture up-cycler, she decided to zero in on the science of colour, getting her Dewey Colour Certification and opening a shop. "I just realized, I'm really good at this," she laughs.
After studying the psychological affects of colours Muir became more focussed on helping people pick paints that make them happy, regardless of the fad factor. “I don’t look at what’s on trend. I can’t help buy pay attention to it, but I always tell people colour is personal,” she says. “I’m all about the custom, what’s right for you, not the masses. I'd never put a colour on someone's wall that they don't wear.”
Her Hydrostone shop is one of Atlantic Canada’s only Farrow & Ball paint and wall paper stockists, and offers interior decorating consultations, as well as colour expertise.
"A lot of people are overwhelmed by options, and terrified to make a mistake. It's paint. I know its a pain in the ass to do, but its the cheapest and easiest thing to fix," says Muir. "I take the terror out of it for people. I'm not afraid of colour, I like it a lot."