01 Sep Little Book of Colour
On Thursday 29 August 2019 I joined a select throng for an evening event – the launch of Karen Haller’s book The Little Book of Colour – How to Use the Psychology of Colour to Transform your life. It was held at the designer furniture store Minotti in Margaret Street, London. I’ve known Karen for many years and was thrilled to see her buzzing with excitement, especially as the book has already been translated into eleven other languages for audiences from Taiwan to Turkey. Karen is a leading international authority in the field of Applied Colour Psychology and she shares some of her knowledge in this book. You learn how colour works and why colour can help us lead more expressive and happier lives.
‘…my mission is to show how you can use colour to express who you are and how you are feeling…’
‘… my wish for you is to celebrate the joy, fun and happiness that colour brings into every moment of our lives…’
The publishers, Penguin Life, had kindly sent me an advanced copy and I have to say it’s the best book on colour I’ve read in a long time. Designed to appeal to a wide audience it’s not a text book like Itten’s treatise The Elements of Color, it’s a book that provides just enough information without getting boring, and just enough interaction without getting flippant, and just enough images to make turning the pages a pleasure. The balance of pictures to text, and particularly the tone of the text, is just right.
Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director for Dulux, entertained us with her views about the book as we sipped fizz, and then she informally interviewed Karen who was finding the evening quite emotional at times. And then we mingled and gorged on tiny but tasty morsels. The room sparkled with interesting conversation because people came together from a variety of industry backgrounds: writers, editors, interior designers, colour consultants, social media experts, bloggers, personal healers. Time flew by. I made new friends (Mel from MelanieJadeDesign) and reacquainted myself with old ones (Phoebe from Smartstyle Interiors) and knowing I didn’t need to drive home from the station I enjoyed a few glasses of bubbly. The Minotti showroom provided a comfortable space for the event and everyone wore colourful clothes. It was a fun.
The Little Book of Colour – How to Use the Psychology of Colour to Transform your life by Karen Haller, published by Penguin Life. 272 pages. ISBN-10: 0241352851. ISBN-13: 978-0241352854. RRP £10.99. Purchase on Amazon.
Do you know what colours reflect your personality? Karen has included a test which anyone can try and these circles of colour combine to make a Spring palette which represents people who fit the Spring profile. ‘…all the colours in this group are warm, clear, delicate and bright.’ (p100). Sunshine yellow, apple green and coral reflect energetic and happy personalities.
Of course we might be energetic sometimes and quite the opposite at others and Karen has this covered, she explains further and reassures us that harmonious colours will create a successful colour scheme and gut instinct has a role to play.
With exercises, practical tips, well researched information, and clear guidance the book is quality through and through. The hardback cover has a nice tactility – it feels soft, like cartridge paper – and the pages of Forest Stewardship Council certified paper are stitched together for strength.
If I haven’t already persuaded you to go and buy a copy see more about The Little Book of Colour on Karen’s website.
And if you need help with colour in your home and you live in my patch (Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire) get in touch – 07831 231 664.