Living with colour: We live in a colourful world. You only have to look at nature to see this and how we have evolved to feel comfortable surrounded by many colours. This is evident with our love of natural sunshine, containing the full spectrum of colour vibrations, making us feel good, both mentally and physically.

Colour is emotive, intuitive and it’s personal.

The home is an extension of the self, whether that is a need to conform to society’s perceived expectations, religiously following the trends or creating a home that reflects our own personal taste. Given we spend so much time in our homes, why not be surrounded by colour that will have a positive effect on our mood, how we feel and behave.

Here are three ways to bring colour and personality into your home:

1. Trust your instinct

We all have different personality traits and behaviours. So pick the colour tones that resonate with your personality, those you are instinctively drawn to. This means they’ll have a positive impact on how you feel and how you behave in your own home.

2. Use colour to match you mood

You only need a splash of colour to change the mood of a space. Something as simple as scatter cushions on your sofa, a colourful kettle in the kitchen or a lamp in the living room can instantly change the mood of a room and how it makes you feel.

3. Decorating your home is an extension of you

So many of us create a home to make other people happy. They aren’t living in it, you are. Take your time finding the things and the colours you love. You’ll be creating a home that nurtures you, that loves you back.

Probably the number one concern people have when it comes to colour is a fear of getting it wrong. Colour isn’t something to be fearful of – experiment. If it doesn’t feel right, then play around with the colour tones, proportions and placement until it feels right for you.

Guest contributor: Karen Haller

Featured image courtesy of Mr & Mrs Smith

About Karen
Karen Haller is one of the leading authorities in the field of applied colour psychology. As a published author, Karen is regularly featured in national magazines, newspapers, radio and TV. She is a contributing author of the leading industry book Colour Design: Theories and Applications.

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