This is the bit of the show where we get insights from someone incredible. This episode we call in friend and fellow colour expert, Karen Haller.
Who is Karen Haller?
Karen is an Applied Colour Psychologist and author of the international bestseller, A Little Book of Colour.
Marianne and Karen go way back (to 2000 to be precise). Karen is one of Marianne’s colour heroines because of her intellectual and creative approach to colour. So, we jumped at the chance to ask her a few questions…
What does colour mean to you?
“Colour is a beautiful unspoken language. It’s one of the few universal connectors”.
How would you describe your job?
“Applied Colour Psychology is about how colour influences the way we think, feel and behave… I look for patterns of human behaviour and the colours that we are drawn to”.
Karen uses these understandings to discover how we can use colour to improve our wellbeing and mental health at home, at a workplace or in healthcare.
How do we choose our own feel good colours?
Karen tells us that every colour has positive and adverse effects or traits. A colour that makes you happy, might not make someone else happy.
“It’s all about trusting our innate intuition… we must look inside ourselves and find what truly resonates”.
What do you think about the green colour palette?
The green colour palette provides a sense of calm, and this could be why so many of us are migrating towards this colour during times of crisis and uncertainty.
“Green sits in the middle of the visible spectrum, which is why we find green very restful because our eyes need little adjustment”.
That’s not to say green is always calming. Karen explains that lime greens can be zingy and lively, due to the hints of yellow.
What colours should we avoid?
“Red can overheat us, overwhelm us and make us feel angry and annoyed”. Yet, Karen mentions this won’t apply to everyone. She goes on to say that “some people find red to be a lovely, cheery lift me up colour”.