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By rebeccarandall, Jun 8 2016 09:12PM

Do you have a flair for interior design and enjoy choosing colours for the individual rooms in your home?

Perhaps everything has gone according to plan and you are totally happy with your choice of colours and how the room looks. The cerise blue tones seem to compliment your sofas perfectly and your lamps enhance the effect. It's the room where you want to snuggle up on the couch and watch your favorite television programme or sit and chat with family. The room feels cosy and you feel totally relaxed. The room is visually appealing and totally harmonious.

However, have you reflected on your freshly painted room and thought this just isn't working for me?

You have chosen a wonderful blue for your bedroom; it's a shade that you think you love but it isn't having the desired effect of making you relax and feel restful. Instead, it's totally the opposite as you feel stressed, irritated and uncomfortable.

All you want to do is repaint the room which is going to be a costly excercise in terms of decorating materials and your time and even more so if you are using professional decorators. There's also the fear that you might get it wrong again!

Some mistakes can be more expensive than others!

If it's only repainting , that probably won't break the bank but it could be a lot more serious. Are you looking at those navy blue sofas and thinking I just can't live with them! Every time you look at them you want to jump away and go into another room. You loved them in the shop but at home they are irksome and actually a bit of an eyesore!

These scenarios really highlight that some colours seem to work for us and some definitely don't. Did you know your surroundings may be influencing your emotions and state of mind?

Colour is a real mood changer

Colour can have an uplifting or a calming effect or it can be invigorating or inspiring. However, get it wrong at home and it can be a disaster! It may be that you are just a couple of shades out and every time you walk into that room, it really winds you up and in the worst case scenario, you actually start avoiding that room completely.

The different shades of Blue

If we take the very popular colour blue as an example, the colour of the sea and the sky, there are literally hundreds of differnt hues in all sorts of timts and shades. If we put our minds to it we can start to thk about the ones we know, Royal, Azure, Cobalt and Air Force - the list really is endless! So if you say you would like to have a blue sitting room, what tone of blue would you select?

To make it a little simpler, let's divide the shades into 4 categories:

Sky/ light blue

Mid Blue


Dark Blue

All create different moods ranging from light blues inspiring creativeness and expansiveness to mid blues promoting calm and strength with turquoise creating energy and communication and darker hues known for developing trust and logic.

To avoid making expensive decorating mistakes, it's a great idea to have a one to one with a Colour Consultant. You will discover why you are drawn to particular colours and you will explore why you make the choices you do and why these might change once your reasons have been uncovered.

Rebeca Randall Colour and Design hold individual and group sessions which make exploring colour fun. Call Rebecca on 07766 493 985 today to make sure you select the colours that are right for you.

By rebeccarandall, May 16 2016 09:21PM

Do you ever contemplate why you are drawn to a particular colour and why certain colours leave you cold and agitated? You may feel more comfortable surrounded by Earth tone colours or you may glow with happiness with pink ,blue and purple hues around you. Have you ever wondered why this is and why you completely avoid some colours altogether?

Are you stuck in a rut?

Could it be that we choose the same colours because we are stuck in a rut and complacent and are perhaps uncomfortable or even scared of change? Why is it that you may be drawn to strong bold colours such as red or orange or conversely you avoid them like the plague and prefer shades of brown and feel secure in beige and cream?

The emotion of colour

You will be aware that colour evokes many emotions, red is associated with anger and rage , green with jealousy and envy, yellow with cowardice and blue with depression. You may not know that it has been shown that extroverts love to wear red, introverts prefer blue, well-balanced individuals prefer green and intellects choose yellow.

The answer to why you love particular colours and shy away from others is certainly not straightforward but you are definitely drawn to particular colours due to underlying reasons which may be conscious or unconscious and it is very much related to your personality.

What defines your colour personality?

All of us have a colour personality and this is determined by the type of person we are. We all fall into a seasonal category namely Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter. These are colours that you will inevitably be drawn to and you will ultimately try to surround yourself with.

Ther are three areas that need clarification in order to understand why certain colours are our favorites:

Colour Association

Colour Symbolism

Colour Psychology

Colour Association

This is the conscious association that you have to a particular colour and could actually relate to a particular shade of a colour. You might loathe a colour because it is associated with a certain food that you disliked when you were a child or a school uniform and you might love a colour because it is associated with a favorite toy or article of clothing.

Colour Symbolism

This refers to use of colour as a symbol in differnet cultures and countries and the same colour can have a different symbolic significance and meaning from culture to culture. The reasons may go back generations or may have slipped into folklore.

This covers the study of colour as a determinig factor to human behaviour and is largely an unconscious response.

Whether unconsciously or consciously , colour plays an inportant role in influencing your mood,behaviour and decisions as well as affecting your emotional, physical and mental states. This all means that we do not select colours randomly and our choices may change at different times of our lives.

The only thing that is clear is that this is a fascinating subject.

If you would like to learn more about why you are drawn to certain colours and why you prefer to be surroundeed by particular hues and shades, please contact Rebecca on 07766 493985 or email info@rebeccarandall.co.uk

By rebeccarandall, Mar 23 2016 10:46AM

Have you ever wondered why some of us love rich and fiery intense colours while other prefer a muted and pastel palette? While most people profess to 'love colour' what that means to each and every one of us is totally unique. Why is this? Why do we respond so differently to so many colours? The answer lies in colour psychology.

We live in a world made up of a myriad of wonderful colours. Colour affects us on every level; emotionally, physically and mentally. Colour is the first thing that our brains register, before shapes, textures or words. The part of our brain that registers colour is in the limbic system which is also the part that handles our emotions. In this sense colour is emotion.

By finding out how colours affect us we can learn to use them to positive effect to create a harmonious home. Understanding the psychology of colour enables us to encourage certain moods, induce a feeling of well being and also to provoke particular behaviours.

Each of us has our own distinct colour and design personality and once we know how to tap into our authentic self then we can begin to understand the immense power of colour. We are all in fluenced by Colour Association, Colour Symbolism and Colour Psychology. Although there are universal reponses to colour our individual experience and culture make our personal reponse to various colours unique. The psychology of colour relates to its meaning and effect on us and is different down to each tone and shade of colour.

Let's take a colour like blue which is universally stated to be peoples favorite colour. But which tone and shade of blue? Each of us will have a different blue that we like; from teal, to dark navy, from turquoise to indigo or sky blue: all are blue but so different and as such will create a different mood. Every colour has both a negative and postive quality depending on how it is used in combination with other colours. Understanding that we can change how we feel in a space by using colour is key to creating a scheme that has positive effects. Getting this balance wrong can result in the negative effects dominating.

Broadly speaking there are 4 tonal colour groups and we fall into one of these: spring, summer , autumn and winter. This is not to be confused with the personal systems used by the Colour Houses i.e. House of Colour. The key to successful design is to ensure that you understand the personality of the client and the mood and behviours they wish to evoke. Many designers have a 'signature'style but this more often than not reflects the personality of the designer rather than that of the client. To create a home that feels authentic to the client the designer must understand the personality of the client and their family or those people who will be using the sapce.

All of this can be achieved through the careful application of Colour Psychology. Whether the room is used for relaxation or for socialising the colours chosen will affect the people who spend time in that space. The key is choosing colours that evoke the response that you desire.

This 'hammam' cloakroom was designed for a client who had lived in southern Spain as a child and wanted to evoke a feeling of uplift and energy resonating with the memories of her past. She wanted guests to feel excited, a sense of fun and energised which is why the turquoise and yellow were used.

By rebeccarandall, Jul 9 2015 12:33PM

Since starting out on the colour psychology journey I have been amazed at how much the meaning of colours resonates with people. I have spoken to business networking meetings and started to run workshops on the effects of colour and how it can be used to enhance our lives.

My talk to a group of local business women provoked much discusssion and personal anecdotes were shared which enriched the meeting. This is something that I am beginning to see with all the groups that I work with. My initial feedback has been very positive but I am struck by the way in which people take on board the message about colour and the way it can influence us. I believe that this is in large part to the fact that colour is registered in the limbic part to our brain which handles our emotions and as humans we are all guided by and respond with our emotions. Many decisions that we make in life are thought to be rational and logical but mostly we make decisions based on our emotional responses to the people, places and events in our lives. How else can we explain that many people make the decision to buy their house within 3 seconds of walking in?

One of my audience raised her hands to her face in a moment of realisation that "I have no colour in my Life!" This was clearly a disturbing revelation and one which was made due a gentle raising of awareness of the psychological properties of each and every colour. On meeting this lady a couple of months later at a similar event she informed me that she had now included in her wardrobe several items that were not black or white!

I believe this was a first step on a journey towards embracing the positive effects that colour can bring to our lives.

Similarly another participant in a workshop revealed that she now carries a colour wheel in her handbag at all times for reference and help with colour harmonising and matching. Another has decided against the bright yellow range for her new kitchen. Whatever your preference, knowing the positive and negative effects that colour has on us can help in decisions that we have to take every day. Seeing the effects that my talks on colour can have is testament to the power of colour! My next workshop is on September 9th in Tunbridge Wells 9.30am - 2.30pm info@rebeccarandall.co.uk

By rebeccarandall, May 19 2015 10:41AM

Latest research on the colour red. Read my post on the way red affects us!

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