How to use colour to achieve positive psychological effects

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We thought we would have a little look through the archives and found some content you would find useful. 6 years ago we had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Karen Haller one of the UK's leading authorities in applied colour psychology. 

Karen is a specialist in applied colour psychology, colour personality and colour in business, working primarily with female business owners. Karen shared with us how colour can affect a person’s mood and how this applicable to women experiencing or recovering from the effects of breast cancer treatment.


“The colour and combination of colours we choose to wear is a very personal choice. It has a profound effect on our mood and our behaviour whether we are consciously aware or not. It also has an effect on how others respond to us.

When recovering from cancer the range of emotions you’ll experience is very personal. If you are feeling emotionally low one day you may want to feel nurtured and supported and the next day cheered up and uplifted. 

If you feel like hiding away at home on the sofa when it's feeling all a bit too much, you may choose to wear grey as grey cloaks, hides the personality. However you may choose to wear pink to support your recovery time in a nurturing way, or violet for self-reflection.”

Colour Wheel

Below is a selection of colours showing some of their positive psychological effects, so no matter how you are feeling you know there is a colour that will support you. You may choose to wear colours to stay with that feeling, or ones to support change. Colour will support the outcome you want.

Pink – Nurtured and loved 
Yellow – Optimism, confidence, self-esteem
Green – Peaceful, relaxed  
Light Blue – Calm, reflective  
Dark Blue – Calm, focused  
Brown – Grounding, support
Red – Energised, physical courage, passion
Violet – Self-reflection, spiritual awareness
Orange – Fun, joy, sensuality  
Black – emotional safety, creating a 
protective barrier
Grey – hides the personality, protection from others

Karen also shared 5 tips on how to use colour to achieve positive psychological effects.

Karen can be contacted:



Twitter: @KarenHaller

Facebook: Karen Haller Colour & Design

Instagram: Karen_Haller_Colour

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