Lisa Taylor

Colour analyst, forecaster and expert


Lisa Taylor has been active in the South African architectural, design and decor scene for many years, providing manufacturers with analysis and forecasting information.

She is best known as the Southern African Development Community distributor for the Natural Colour System (NCS). The NCS is the understandable international colour order system for colour selection, specification, communication and the control of colour in design, architecture, research, marketing and manufacturing and is entirely based on how the human being sees colour.

In this role, Taylor uses her expertise and the resources provided to her by her association with the NCS to provide advice to local corporate leaders, institutions, design practitioners and architects about the power and significance of colour. She has almost single-handedly changed the way South Africa views colour and colour specification.

Taylor has worked with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to translate the National Colour Standard into NCS (SANS 1091 – 2004). She has worked with companies such as Plascon, Dulux, Chemspec, Sofap Paints Mauritius, Insignia Tanzania, the South African National Defence Force, Jack’s Paints, Panache Studio, Prominent Paints, PG Bison and Marley Floorworx.

Taylor is a member of the Colour Marketing Group (CMG), which was founded in 1962 and is a not-for-profit international association of 1 100 colour designers involved in the use of colour as it applies to the profitable marketing of goods and services. The group provides a forum for the exchange of non-competitive information on all phases of colour marketing, colour trends and combinations, design influences, merchandising and sales and education.

Taylor is proud a proud member of the CMG because it is the only colour forecasting/trend group that accepts and vets members based on their individual expertise and experience and not by virtue of the company for which they work.

She has also conducted research into how South Africans perceive colour emotionally. She presented a paper at the International Colour and Light Conference in Cape Town in 2003. She has completed a 13-part series on DSTV’s The Home Channel, and has appeared on SABC’s Top Billing, CNBC and local radio Stations. Taylor has also written a number of articles for a variety of consumer and trade publications in South Africa.

She aims to use her knowledge of South Africa and her understanding of the local market to benefit all industries.


IID (The South African Institute of the Interior Design Professions)