Kicking of my series of posts that explore the theory of Colour Psychology and how it can work to help define a cohesive interior design scheme, kicks off taking a look at the Spring personality. In my previous post I talk about what Colour Psychology is and how I’m collaborating with Fiona Humberstone, The Brand Stylist, to devise a way that colour psychology can be utilised to devise knock out coherent room schemes. Check out the course we are running later this month here
So the theory goes that we fall into four groups, or personalities, that are for ease given the titles of the four seasons. This is because each personality type has affinities with each individual season. So when we think of Spring, we think of bright piercing sunlight, chirpy birdsong, vibrant green shoots and perky bright spring blooms. The air is fresh while the sun’s warm is invigorating. It’s the season of pure creativity and optimism, new growth and fresh inspiration after a long and drawn out winter.
Just like the season, Spring People are bright, positive, enthusiastic and very big on getting things done. They crave spontaneity, are great adapters and are overflowing with ideas and enthusiasm. It goes without saying that they throw great parties and are total people persons. This delightful living room belonging to interiors expert Geraldine from Little Big Bell has all the spring attributes. A large airy space with lashings of natural light. The decor is made up of warm soft pastel shades, with clean line furniture and plenty of foliage and quirky displays. And Spring personalities do love a pom pom.
“Spring personalities multi-task well and love working with people, bouncing ideas around and bringing teams together. They are social animals and love to entertain. They think creatively and quickly- often their heads are literally spilling over with ideas- and are a real inspiration to those around them”
Fiona Humberstone, The Brand Stylist
This room is seriously light and bright with large scale windows dressed in gossamer light voiles to maximise the light. Simple no-fuss modular furniture makes the perfect back drop for a collection of decorative cushions in pretty pastel prints. The high shine metallic coffee tables are also a key element of the Spring look.
KEY SPRING INTERIOR DESIGN ATTRIBUTES
Light and airy, plenty of natural light, large windows, simplicity, on trend, creative, light and bright hues, vibrant, contemporary, approachable, lived in, relaxed, crafty, playful, clean colours, fresh flowers and plants
Spring personalities often need creative spaces where they can collect and display their ideas. Vintage and eclectic styles appeal to the spontaneous personality.
PRINTS AND TEXTURES
Circles, polka dots, ditsy florals, high gloss, sparkles, fine lines, hand drawn patterns, cotton, polished copper, pale wood.
This dining room, in the home of interior designer Rita Konig, is one of my all time favourite schemes. I love the warm pink walls coupled with the unexpected sunny yellow chairs. With the spring personality, you can always expect an element of the unexpected. The pale wood table and sparkling chandelier complete the look.
The Spring personality loves the clean and simple lines of Scandinavian furniture and aesthetic, but always leaning towards the joyful side so these graphic cushions in bright clean colours really lift the look.
Children’s rooms are the perfect match for the joyful Spring personality. Naturally upbeat and happy spaces they suit the soft pastel colour palette and happy go lucky approach to design. You can induldge in the love of print and pattern and really play with colour. A tru Spring personality though would probably like less clutter, but I always say, more is more!
If you are a practicing interior designer or a student of interior design we’d love to see you on our Colour Psychology course where we’ll be exploring how you can use this technique to mail your clients brief in much more depth.