Nickie Cotter
Coulsdon, Caterham, Oxted and Nutfield,
Expertly Trained Stylist & Colour Analyst

Nickie Cotter

Coulsdon, Caterham, Oxted and Nutfield,

Nickie Cotter

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07766477449

Hi, I'm Nickie, The Dandy Colour Girl.  I use our tried and tested, science based techniques to show you the best colours and styles to help you look and feel your very best, every single day.  In short, I can show you "How to Look Good Knackered"!


Nickie Cotter

Hello, and welcome!

My name is Nickie and I live in Old Coulsdon, on the borders of London and Surrey, with my husband, our 3 teenagers and a dog, who I jokingly(?) say is my favourite child.

I love singing, baking, "making" hobbies like knitting, crochet and sewing, dancing badly (is there such a thing as "mum dancing"?) and reading, although there never seems to be enough time.  I really, really, really hate ironing!

In my comfortable, private and friendly home studio, I cover Coulsdon, Purley, Caterham, Warlingham, Oxted, Bletchingley, Nutfield and the surrounding areas.

If you ever see a hot (menopausal!), cheery, tall, well-padded and gloriously colourful lady being walked by a bouncy yellow labrador in those parts, you've probably found me!

Nickie Cotter

My Colour and Style Journey

I've always been interested in clothes, make-up, hair and, most especially, in fabulous shoes. Oh, to have ever so slightly smaller feet than my actual size 9s! Being born in the 70s and living my teenage years through the 80s I've sported some styling masterpieces as well as the odd fashion crime!

Like so many people, my personal style has evolved and changed over the years, in step with the various stages of my life - through my student days, my early career working in pub and retail management, then into more corporate roles in The City, and ultimately as a wife, stay at home mum, volunteer, School Governor and PTA Chairperson/dogsbody.

I was gifted a colour analysis session years ago, and that experience marked the beginning of my journey towards understanding why I naturally gravitate to certain colours, why some colours - even some of the ones I love - just don't suit me, and others look amazing on me and can even make me look better than I feel.

Since that first introduction to colour analysis, I've gained a deeper understanding of this wonderful world of colour and also discovered my own particular style and clothing personality too - I'm a swashbuckling pirate!  So now I know not only the best colours for me, but also the shapes and styles that suit both my physical body architecture and my character.

Nickie Cotter

Do you want to invest some time and energy into your own wellbeing, self-esteem and image?

Are you returning to work, getting a promotion or changing job and in need of a fresh working wardrobe to give you confidence, impact and credibility?

Perhaps you're at an age or stage in life where you would like to get back in touch with your sense of yourself and your inner confidence?

Do your clothes not reflect your personality and style preferences, not work for your lifestyle, or do they just make you look and feel tired, old, sad or poorly?

Are you looking for some colour or style inspiration for a big occasion or holiday?

Would you like to declutter and learn how to buy less, spend less and shop more mindfully and sustainably?

Would you like to build an effortless capsule wardrobe for work or travel?

Or do you simply want to know "How to Look Good Knackered"? 😉

If you've answered yes to any of these questions, I can help!

Nickie Cotter

While my clothing personality, taste and best colours might not be the same as yours, my training enables me to show you what works best for you. I'd love to help you discover the colours and styles that will make you look and feel fabulous so that you can love your wardrobe as much as I now love mine.

I promise your consultation with me will be safe, friendly, totally non-judgemental, nurturing and informative, and I will do my best to make it fun too! There may be laughter, there may be triggers or light-bulb revelations, there may be tears, there may even be a bit of music, singing and dancing. There will always be tea and biscuits!

I truly believe that this is so much more than just skin-deep, trivial foppery or vanity. It can help you take control of the impression you make on others, while honouring your own individual and unique colouring, body shape and personality. It's empowering, because it gives you not just the tools, but also permission to accept, celebrate and rejoice in your skin, your body and your self and it’s actually really important, human stuff!  It's a fantastic investment in yourself and the knowledge you gain will serve you for a lifetime.

To start your own colour and style journey, please book your appointment or contact me for more information.

Welcome to my studio, and the beginning of your colour and style journey.

The studio is a dedicated room in my home in Old Coulsdon.  It's a warm, relaxed and airy space, with comfy chairs and natural daylight.  There will always be tea and biscuits!  There is plenty of parking space available for you to park on the drive, and the studio is on the ground floor, right next to the loo.

The services available in the studio are:

  • Colour Analysis - this can be on an exclusive one to one basis, or in groups of up to 3 people.
  • Make-up Lesson - once you know your season and we've found your best make-up shades, you can explore how to apply the products to the best advantage for your particular facial features and complexion, and how to take your make-up look from day, to evening, to full on party!
  • Colour Rerate - your season won't change during your lifetime, but your best colours within your seasonal palette might.
  • Personal Style - this can be done on an exclusive one to one basis, or in a group of 2.  
  • Children's Colour Analysis - this is a service for under 14s and is a pared down version of the full analysis.

More details on all of these services can be found in the bookings page.  Please note that the timescales mentioned are estimates only, and can vary depending on how chatty we are, and how much fun we're having!

Other House of Colour services are available outside of the studio.  I can come to your home to do a wardrobe review or declutter, or we can hit the shops together to look for a special outfit, or items to fill the wardrobe gaps. I also deliver talks in the workplace, or to groups such as WIs.

As well as the House of Colour tools of the trade of precision dyed drapes, mirrors and tape measure, I have samples of the entire House of Colour make-up range, so you can test the lippies to your heart's content and I stock a large selection of the products for you to take away with you.  I also have a selection of scarves, wraps, handbags and jewellery, in all of the seasonal palettes, so if you need an immediate fix in the right colour or metal, you can find it all here.

This is where the magic happens!

Services

I believe a conversation is usually the best place to start, so please get in touch if you'd like to know more about me, my studio or the various House of Colour services and how they might work for you, and we can have a quick, no obligation chat.

Transform getting dressed everyday into an effortless and joyful experience with our life-changing colour analysis.

Through precision-dyed drapes and my expert training, I provide you with invaluable insights of knowing your season; a palette of colours customised to your unique undertones. Our approach is inclusive, serving people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and genders, ensuring that your season remains a timeless guide throughout your life.

Experience the three essential components of our colour sessions:

First is our world-class, scientific draping process that we have refined for excellence and accuracy over the past four decades. Next, I will provide advice on jewellery, watches, glasses, and, when applicable, hair and makeup based on your season. Our makeup eliminates the guesswork, enhancing your natural beauty with colours perfectly suited to you. Finally, we’ll dive further into your season as we identify the best colours for both your casual and professional life, uncovering your collection of WOW colours.

You will leave your appointment equipped with a fan of your seasonal swatches and a tailored brochure filled with personalised tips and reminders specific to you, empowering you to confidently shop for and wear your new colours!

For optimal accuracy, arrive at your analysis without spray tans or makeup. Your privacy is paramount, so no photos will be taken or shared on social media without your consent.

Discover the science and psychology behind personal style by unlocking the power of you. During a style analysis, I'll empower you to seamlessly combine your inner self with your outward appearance, so you can step out into the world radiating confidence as your authentic self.

We consider your proportions, personality, and preferences to give you a style framework - we call this a “Clothing Personality."

You will confidently know which fabrics, prints, patterns, accessories, necklines, details, and silhouettes flatter your unique body architecture best. By integrating your personality into this framework, our style analysis transcends mere fashion guidance, going a step further to help you identify how you feel in different styles and pieces, ensuring that your wardrobe not only reflects your style but also represents your individuality.

For this appointment, you’ll bring 5–10 items from your closet that you LOVE and 5–10 that make you wonder why you don’t feel good when putting them on. Together, we’ll use this information to help you discover why you gravitated toward and loved certain pieces and what it is about the others that weren’t working for you, saving you time and money in the future! At House of Colour, we believe clothing needs to be adjusted to you, not the other way around. It is our goal to make sure you feel your most confident as who you are and how you look right now.

You’ll leave with a book with detailed information specific to you that we’ll fill out during the appointment and a Clothing Personality card with keywords that will help guide you when shopping. If you’ve already had a colour analysis, this card can be inserted into your fan which will make shopping easy and efficient!

Testimonials

Here's what some of my clients have had to say about their experiences with me

I had considered having colour analysis for a long time and having found myself at a transition point in life decided that now was the time.  Nickie was the perfect person to start my colour journey with, showing great sensitivity and kindness, and making me feel at ease throughout the process. Her…

Roseanna R

I had considered having colour analysis for a long time and having found myself at a transition point in life decided that now was the time.  

Nickie was the perfect person to start my colour journey with, showing great sensitivity and kindness, and making me feel at ease throughout the process. Her clear explanations and attention to detail helped me to understand which colours suited me and worked together, and how I would be able to use this new colour knowledge for the rest of my life. 

The experience has felt liberating and exciting and I would recommend it to anyone. 

Thank you so much Nickie.

Roseanna R

I have absolutely loved my colour analysis experience with Nickie!  She is so passionate and knowledgeable in this field, and the work she has done with me has had a tremendous impact on my confidence, self-esteem and on the growth of my business.  I now use colour to empower me…

Kristina R

I have absolutely loved my colour analysis experience with Nickie!  She is so passionate and knowledgeable in this field, and the work she has done with me has had a tremendous impact on my confidence, self-esteem and on the growth of my business.  I now use colour to empower me in important meetings or events, and as a basis for my business brand which helps me connect with my clients better and attract more business. 100% worth the money.

Kristina R

I visited Nickie for a colour analysis and had a great day learning all about the colours that are right for me. It was so interesting to learn all about the science and psychology behind colour analysis as well as having the time to learn what works for me.It was great…

Claire

I visited Nickie for a colour analysis and had a great day learning all about the colours that are right for me. 

It was so interesting to learn all about the science and psychology behind colour analysis as well as having the time to learn what works for me.

It was great to have 3 hours to devote to myself and I came away feeling much more confident about how I look and how to dress thoughtfully for myself. 

I was surprised by how empowering this is and have really noticed a difference in terms  of how I choose what clothes and makeup to wear, how I see myself and how others see me.

Thanks Nickie for a brilliant day and the lasting effects of it.

Claire

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the session on Saturday. Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed it and are thrilled to have found out what colours work best for us.The wardrobe links are amazing and help show how to make the colours work.You were just brilliant and we…

Julie J

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the session on Saturday. Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed it and are thrilled to have found out what colours work best for us.

The wardrobe links are amazing and help show how to make the colours work.

You were just brilliant and we are very grateful for your kindness, humour and for making it such a fun experience throughout the day. One we won’t forget! Lunch was just perfect too.

Thanks again.

Julie J

My colour consultation with Nikki was very fun and informative - now I know what colour my prom dress should be. I’ve noticed that now when I wear the correct colours for my season, I receive lots of compliments. Amazing experience overall.

MP

My colour consultation with Nikki was very fun and informative - now I know what colour my prom dress should be. I’ve noticed that now when I wear the correct colours for my season, I receive lots of compliments. Amazing experience overall.

MP

I've had two fabulous sessions with Nickie - Style and Make-Up (I had my colour consultation previously with another stylist). Both sessions were so much fun and have really helped me to 'dress my best self' every day.After the Style Consultation, I came away with a real understanding of my…

Angela P

I've had two fabulous sessions with Nickie - Style and Make-Up (I had my colour consultation previously with another stylist). Both sessions were so much fun and have really helped me to 'dress my best self' every day.
After the Style Consultation, I came away with a real understanding of my body geometrics and how to work with these to maximise my looks and confidence everyday. I now shop with the knowledge that the purchases I make are an investment in myself and my wardrobe and not a one season trend.
The Make-Up Consultation was an absolute blast; I now have not only the knowledge, but the make-up too, to be able to create a sliding scale of looks (from everyday to out-out) with the same group of products that are all perfectly matched to my skin tones and my wardrobe!
I honestly cannot recommend this enough; why would you not want to have the knowledge to be able to look and feel your best?

Angela P

A big thank you for a fabulous day with you on Monday learning about mine and my daughter's colours - what a revelation!  I really appreciate the time and care you took to explain the colour analysis theory.  You'll be glad to know that I've worn my lippy every day…

Jeanette F

A big thank you for a fabulous day with you on Monday learning about mine and my daughter's colours - what a revelation!  I really appreciate the time and care you took to explain the colour analysis theory.  You'll be glad to know that I've worn my lippy every day so far!  

Thoroughly enjoyed the day! 😍😍😍

Jeanette F

Nickie couldn’t have been kinder or more welcoming during my consultation.  She was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and empowering.  I left with ideas about how to look my best self, the importance of making (a bit more of) an effort with clothes and make up on my sense of self and the…

Sophie W

Nickie couldn’t have been kinder or more welcoming during my consultation.  She was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and empowering.  I left with ideas about how to look my best self, the importance of making (a bit more of) an effort with clothes and make up on my sense of self and the tools to get me going.  Highly recommended!

Sophie W

I went to Nickie for a colour appointment which has enabled me to feel much more confident about choosing clothes, jewellery and even glasses that make me feel my best. Nickie is great at making you feel comfortable and the whole experience was a good investment in feeling good. I…

CP

I went to Nickie for a colour appointment which has enabled me to feel much more confident about choosing clothes, jewellery and even glasses that make me feel my best. Nickie is great at making you feel comfortable and the whole experience was a good investment in feeling good. I would highly recommend.

CP

Such an enjoyable and insightful day.  Nickie is so knowledgeable, friendly and incredible at her job . Highly recommend and so pleased we didn’t go with anyone else.

Alex P

Such an enjoyable and insightful day.  Nickie is so knowledgeable, friendly and incredible at her job . Highly recommend and so pleased we didn’t go with anyone else.

Alex P

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