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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


Bicycle Escape  –  Ashvin Harrison

Blue: Water = cool, depth, relaxation and calming


Enigma  –  Fern Siebler

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


Luz de la Luna  –  Gabbi Lancaster

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


The Sound of Safety  –  Rehgan De Mather

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


Still Life of Mandarin  –  Natasha Junmanee

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


Dance of the Jacarandas  –  Hayley Roberts

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


Pink Box  –  Kurt Black

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

Girraween at Dusk by Rachel Prince

Girraween at Dusk  –  Rachel Prince

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?



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