At the very core of the Colour Psychology framework is creating rooms that feel as good as they look. If you are going to create schemes that have a deep emotional resonance- that are a pure delight to be in, then you need to know what works for you. Because we are all so different and have very personal relationships to colour, and indeed taste, it’s imperative that we understand what colours and styles resonate with us on an authentic level if we are going to create homes we feel happy in.
This is the first in a set of four posts, where I take you through the four personality types. Matched to the seasons, it’s important to get one thing cleared up from the get-go. It’s nothing to do with the actual time of year, and I’m not asking you to redecorate four times a year! The four seasons in nature each have their own type of energy and colour palette that beautifully illustrate each of the personality types. So forget what time of year it is, or when your birthday is. It’s irrelevant.
So on with Spring- a wonderful energising time of year. With the end of a long cold winter, the earth warms up and with that comes the fresh shoots of Spring. Think of the flowers we see this time of year- crocuses, daffodils, tulips, tree blossoms, bluebells and notice how the colours are bright and fresh but also soft and delicate too. It’s a time of rebirth, not just for the plants but also for the season we associate with newborn lambs, bunny rabbits and ducklings. Spring represents new optimism, youthful energy, joy and positivity. Certain people resonate with these personality traits and so chances are, will want their homes to reflect this and this is at the heart of why Colour Psychology is so powerful. In order to design a home you love, first, you have to know yourself.
The magic of this framework is that it allows you to align a feeling, a mood and emotion, with a colour palette and design style. To capture the mood of Spring, interiors are light and bright which creates an uplifting and energising space. Big windows are a must with soft voiles light curtains at the window to maximise the feeling of motivating daylight. Reflective surfaces like glass and mirrors and anything that sparkles and shines also magnify this feeling of lightness. It follows that furniture is fine-lined and pale woods and light furnishing fabrics help with this breezy mood.
Springtime is a busy time of year, both for gardeners and farmers, and this energy is reflected in the busy prints and patterns. Small scale prints dance in front of your eyes and clashing patterns that have movement within them create this energising and creative feeling. With the feeling of newness, Spring personalities also prefer more contemporary trend-led styles that feel fresh and modern. Their enthusiasm for creativity, new inspiration and design trends mean their home looks interesting and individual.
The colours we associate with Spring are bright but delicate, pale but also punchy. They have an almost translucent quality which helps spaces feel more bright, open and light. Spring people love to entertain and throw spontaneous get-togethers so interior spaces will always feel welcoming and informal. There will be plenty of homely touches like sentimental displays, gallery walls, collections of coloured glass, and creative pieces. Spring people are very busy and creative and so typically the house will look different every time you visit!
Do you think you might be a Spring personality or know someone who is? If this post has got you questioning the way you design your home, then my Colour Psychology for interiors online course is open for enrolment during May and it’s the most mind-blowing journey of self-discovery you can take!. When I started studying and applying colour psychology to my practice it completely transformed the way I design. It immediately took away the overwhelm and procrastination and fast-tracked my process. Over the years I’ve honed how to make it work for everyone’s interior design journey, and it is this that I want to share with you. To discover which personality type you and your family are, take the course and start designing rooms you love with ease! Sign up today, and start whenever you are ready as the course is completely self-paced. You can find out more here.
I’ll be posting about the Summer personality soon, so do come back for that!
Top feature image by Yes Colours.