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Colour Psychology – which colour do you need in your life?

Art Lovers | 19 November 2016

Colour Psychology – which colour do you need in your life?

Renowned psychiatrist, Carl Jung, encouraged his patients to use colour to access and express some of the deeper parts of their psyche.  We may all be doing this subconsciously in our everyday lives with our colour choices of clothes, food, furnishings and our draw to the ocean or forest for healing and wellbeing.

Colour can nourish us. At different times in our lives, we will be drawn to different colours, their subtle energies effecting our bodies, minds and emotions.

Colours relate to the natural elements and our connection to them. Generally Red, Orange and Yellow are stimulating and Blue, Purple and Green are calming. So if you have been feeling a bit low in energy, try adding Red to your environment and diet, if you are feeling restless and anxious try adding calming Blues and Greens to ease the tension in the mind and body.

This is a brief guide.

Red: Fire = heat, passion, stimulating, circulation

Blue: Water = cool, depth, relaxation and calming

Green: Nature = growth, fertility, harmony and balance, heart, nervous system

Yellow: Sun = warmth, self-worth, optimism, playfulness, digestion, happiness

Orange (combination of Red and Yellow) = stimulating, determination, creativity, expansion, digestion, joy

Purple/Violet: Night sky: Dreams, fantasy, intuition and meditation

Pink (a tint of Red): gentle warmth, physical tranquillity, love

Brown (a tertiary colour) : Earth = grounded, stable base, supportive


Personal Colour Symbolism

Your personal interpretation and response to a colour will be partly derived from your experiences and culture, for example Red is considered ‘lucky’ in Chinese culture, and you may love pale blue because it reminds you of your Gran’s tablecloth.

Beyond any guided list is how you respond individually – Feeling is the key – is it the right colour for you?

Pink Noise

Kurt Black

Acrylic and Oil on ply panel

Cosmic Swirl

Patrycja Whipp

Acrylic on canvas

Here Comes the Sun

Amica Whincop

Ink, Acrylic, Enamel, Aerosol  on canvas


Kurt Black

Oil and Acrylic on canvas


Donna Tebbutt

Resin, Acrylic and Inks on round board

Suspended in Time

Cheryl McGannon

On oil paper set into a natural timber cradle frame
Cold wax, Oil, mixed media

Landscape and Cloud

Joanne Duffy

Oil on cotton canvas

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