Expressing your personality with colour

 

Multi colours

Whether we focus on it or not, we all love colour. We all have a favourite colour too (or perhaps a couple of favourites) even if we don’t consciously think of it. Take a moment to think about it now, I bet you can think of a colour that you are drawn to?

We make choices based on colour all the time. From what to wear to what colour our accessories are, our cars, bicycles and especially inside our homes. But how do we choose them?

Psychologists have long considered that the colours we choose reflect our personality and can even have an impact on our behaviour.

There are broad thoughts around colour choices and how they reflect who we are. Purple for example might be linked to creativity, whilst white suggests someone who is organised and enjoys the simple things in life. Green is a very calming colour and indicates that you are a loyal person. Blue might suggest that you seek harmony in your life.

Purple colour

Blue colour
In terms of behaviour, whilst colours that we choose might indicate our personality, they can have an impact on others too. Seeing bright colours such as red and orange are associated with being active and exciting, although some consider that the former also indicates danger. Grey often feels neutral and even calming. Yellow feels warm and friendly.

Grey colour

So what does this all mean? Well aside from being very interesting, it can be useful as well. Did you know that research has been conducted into using colour for marketing purposes for example? Several studies have also focused on what colours you should use in your home if you are looking to sell it. Above all of that though, sometimes it’s just nice to relax and use colour in your wardrobe or around your home that you like, and focus on a colour palette that will help you to feel confident or calm.

Choosing certain colours can be tricky. I have recently found it really difficult to find jeans in a shade of blue that I like, for example. The same goes for other areas of our lives like cars – I’m not a big fan of our silver car but can’t think what colour I would choose if I had complete choice – and our homes. One day I will stop reminding you all that we moved house a couple of years ago, but we are still very much in the throes of redecorating our new home and choosing colours is a big part of this. For now, at least, we are choosing for ourselves and not to sell it, but it’s still difficult. Neutral with some gentle tones of us is what we’re generally going for. We’re finding home accessories like clocks and pictures that fit with the style of who we are, and soft furnishings that complement our style too, like duvet sets (such as these from Julian Charles) that fit with our preferences.

Do you consciously make colour choices for yourself or your home? Or do you choose based on a gut feel of what you know you like without giving much thought to the colour elements? I’d love to know what your favourite is! I’ll go first….mine is green 😊

Green colour

 

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15th July 2018

22 comments

It’s funny because I took a look around my house the other day and realised that I do like red! Red cushions, red toaster, red throw in the lounge, red lampshade….I honestly hadn’t done that on purpose! It’s as if red had chosen me!
We are renovating our house at the moment so but decisions are being made which have made me rethink my use of red! We shall have to see if I use the same colours in the Old House. X #blogstravaganza

How interesting! I think different houses, especially of different ages, inspire different colours. We used lots of earthy tones in our old house (1835 build) but going for lots of brighter, whites and light colours in our new home (1962). Have fun with your renovations!

Interesting post – My favourite colour would have to be purple, but in clothes, I tend to go for more neutral colours and lots of black. #blogstravaganza

It’s interesting how we can choose different colours for different purposes. I like purple tones too.

My favourite colour is blue. I find colour theory really interesting. My company logo is really bright and includes a rainbow of colours. I love it, as it really symbolises the fun nature of my craft and party box business and shows that it’s a children’s business. I think the colours play a huge part in that.

An illustrator created the ‘Land of Squidgydoodle’ on my website and I used the colours from my logo for the hills, houses etc. I love that it’s not got green grass and a blue sky. It’s much more magical and imaginative, just like young children are.

I would never wear rainbow colours though! I have a tendency to stick to the same colour choices with clothes, mainly blues. I’d love to gain advice on what colours suit me best though as it definitely changes my mood if I’m wearing brighter colours. They can make me feel more confident. #Blogstravaganza

I remember looking at clothing colours that would go with my skin tone years ago. It was really interesting to learn about what I was told at the time were blue tone reds (cool) and orange tone reds (warm) and the difference they would make. I had never really thought about it before but it suddenly clicked which colours I could wear (which actually fitted in neatly with my colour preferences anyway) and which I couldn’t. It is a fascinating subject.

ohh thats very interesting and not thought too much about it, we are grey and muted tones here very much in harmony with my other half too #Blogstravaganza

I imagine that looks very nice. We have a grey bedspread which we love!

My husband and I are both very plain dressers and our home consists of black, white, tons of grey and dark wood. We are constantly redecorating, but it all goes together and it is the most relaxing place to be!
We love it!
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That sounds like a lovely combination of colours for your home!

I like deep, vibrant colors and a lot of white. I have white curtains throughout my home. My living room and kitchen are the most vibrant, the light grey couches have color pillows and there’s potted plants everywhere. #Blogstravaganza

That sounds like a lovely mix!

I definitely prefer different colours for different things. I would never paint a wall with the colour of some of my favourite outfits. #Blogstravaganza

It’s funny isn’t it, when you think about it. I love green and would use green paint on the walls as readily as I’d choose a green top or jumper. I don’t think I would immediately be drawn to a green car though.

Ooo very interesting. My home is full of colours, greys and pale blues in the bedroom, browns and green in the living room, yellow for the kitchen. My favourite colour at the moment is mustard yellow but to fair that changes like the wind! #Blogstravaganza

I love all the mustard yellow tops in the shops at the moment! I haven’t found one that suits me but I’m still looking.

I am very drawn to the colour pale blue. I describe it to people as warm blue, slightly grey so not actually warm but I think it’s more because it makes me feel warm. If you know what I mean? But I do love a nice injection of colour if the room is painted in pale blues or white. I love tribal prints too. Our living room is painted ivory and pale blue, but we have huge pink hydrangeas outside our window which add an injection of colour to the room. #blogstravaganza

That sounds beautiful and very calming. I imagine it reflects the light well too.

I love neutral earthy tones. We have pastel shades in the house. I like colours to make me feel calm and relaxed. That said in clothes, I love where bright colours, especially in summer. I’m not sure I would say I had a favourite colour, a couple I prefer would be yellows or oranges but it really depends on my mood at the time. #Blogstravaganza

I like neutral tones in my house as well, although I think in my case it’s because it’s easier to change the soft furnishings than to repaint entire rooms when/if I change my mind!

Colour is a huge thing for me. It’s something that a lot of my decisions are made on and I definitely have my favourites! This was a really interesting read lovely #Blogstravaganza host! Xxx

I love a good mix of colour too, but some definitely stand out more than others! Xx

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