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Psychology of Colour in your Home

We’ve teamed up with Karen Haller, a leading Applied Colour Psychology Expert, to help you make the best use of colour in your home.

Psychology of colour in your home
By Karen Haller, Applied Colour Psychology Expert

Buying a new home is an exciting time. And for many, the most exciting part can be the decorating and putting your own personal mark on your home.

When it comes to choosing colours, you can easily become overwhelmed by the thousands of colours to choose from, and it’s difficult to know where to start. But the good news is that I’m going to share some insider tips to help you start thinking about colour in ways that you may have never done so before. 

Colour isn’t just something you put on your walls to make them look pretty. It’s something more fundamental to our livesColour has an amazing ability to change how we feel, think and behave in the exact instant we come into contact with it. Think about how happy and positive you feel when the sun is shining and contrast this to how you feel when the sky is dark and grey.

Using the right colours in the right place creates a sense of belonging, helping you feel more at home; a place where you can express your personality and create positive feelings of wellbeing.  

Picking a paint colour

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Picking a colour

Using the fundamentals of colour psychology, I’ve put together my top tips to help you choose the perfect colours throughout your home:


1) Tap into your psyche

Think of a room in your home. How do you want to feel and behave in that space? Do you want to unwind and put your feet up? Do you want to be energised and motivated? Do you want to have lots of fun and laughter when entertaining?



2) Pick colours that enhance your feelings

With that in mind, look for colours that represent these feelings and behaviours to you.

Here are a few examples of some positive psychology behaviours that colour can evoke:

Soft greens may help you to relax and put your feet up

Vibrant yellows will lift your spirits and give you a boost of confidence

Calming soft blues to help you take a deep breath and sleep well

Energising red to get you up and moving 

Lively orange to keep the fun social conversation going

3) Work through an overall colour palette

Once you’re selected your main colour, you’re able to select a palette of colours that psychologically and tonally harmonise to create the overall feeling you desire and the overall behaviours you want to achieve.

A word of caution: Trendy fads are often short lived. Whilst you may love the ‘wow’ factor and the initial buzz, this can quickly fade. To truly create a home that supports and nurtures you, look for colours that are in harmony with your personality and not the latest look on the high street.

No matter what your personality or design style, the clever use of colour will help you to create a home that reflects your personality and supports how you want to feel every day.

Discover more about colour psychology at www.karenhaller.co.uk and www.colour-training.co.uk .

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