In the world of interiors, colour is everywhere right now. But how you use colour in your home can also have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing.
Karen Haller, the UK’s leading Colour Psychology Expert, has teamed up with HomeStyle to reveal how you can use colour with purpose…
Colour defines how we are feeling, how we want to feel, and how we want people to interact with us. But we’re only 20% conscious of the colour choices we make. We’ve forgotten how to use colour with purpose.
At home, where we are most comfortable, giving conscious thought to colour is vital – if you surround yourself with the colours you love, you’ll instantly feel more positive and at ease.
Colour choice is a very personal thing. People are drawn to different shades for different reasons, it’s about picking the colours that make you happy. Don’t be tempted to paint your living room Living Coral just because it’s the latest Instagram trend - instead, use colours that you connect with and express how you want to feel, whether it be a bright, bold and energised or relaxed and nurtured vibe.
Colourful plants are an effortless way to inject your home with colour. Plants not only make your home healthier - they have been proven to improve air quality, reduce tiredness and boost concentration - but the right colours can also be an instant mood booster.
Whether it’s purple to create a sense of peace in your favourite sunny corner, orange for a bright social kitchen, or red to give your home office an energy boost, plants are a great way to inject small doses of colour to stimulate positivity at the right moments. Plus, they are affordable, so you can pick and choose the colours depending on how you want to feel one day to the next!
"Flowering succulents such as Kalanchoes are a great choice – not only do they come in a huge array of colours, but they are easy to care for, undemanding, and will bloom for 10 weeks with minimal watering, perfect for busy lives. They will also live happily outside on balconies or terraces during the summer months, making them perfect for ‘inside outside’ living."
Karen Haller’s top tips for using colour in your home:
- Yellow is a welcoming colour - a cheery smile - so a yellow front door or hanging plants in a porch instantly brighten your mood as soon as you arrive home.
- Purple is great for quiet contemplation and reflection, making it a good colour choice for a sunny corner of a living room or balcony to create a sense of inner peace.
- Red is the colour equivalent of a double espresso shot - it will give an instant energy boost to a home office or work corner.
- Orange elicits fun and playfulness to help you feel light-hearted and upbeat. It also encourages social conversation, making it a great accent colour in a kitchen, the social hub of the home.
- Soft pink is not only on trend, but it’s also a nurturing, compassionate colour, perfect for bedrooms and bathrooms for that extra dose of self-care.
- Magenta pink is often seen as the grown-up pink. With its feisty nature, it’s perfect for challenging the status quo. Use it on your front door to get noticed, or use pink pot plants on your windowsill to grab attention.
- Living Coral (or soft orange) is not only 2019’s pantone of the year, but it’s also a sensual colour that combines the playfulness of orange with the nurturing quality of pink, a great choice for bedrooms.
Colourful Kalanchoe (‘Flaming Katy’) houseplants are available from florists, supermarkets and garden centres nationwide. Care tips and inspiration can be found at Always Kalanchoe: www.kalanchoe.nl/en
Karen Haller’s new book, The Little Book of Colour, is out at the end of August