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

Art Lovers | 19 November 2018

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

It Began With A Ripple

It Began With A Ripple – Trisha Lambi (120 x 90cm, Oil on linen)

Blue: Water = cool, depth, relaxation and calming

Passionate Storm By Amber Gittins Australian Artist

Passionate Storm – Amber Gittins (122 x 91cm, Acrylic on canvas)

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

Melbourne Urban Forest 1

Melbourne Urban Forest – Ani Ipradjian (102 x 102cm, Acrylic on canvas)

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

The Rose of the Sun – Elena Valerie (61 x 61cm, Oil on canvas)

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

Orange Crush – John Emerson (140 x 90cm, Oil on canvas)

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

Dance of the Jacarandas – Hayley Roberts (50.8 x 40.6cm, Limited Edition print of 15)

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

Think Pink Web

In the Pink – Major Mitchell Cockatoos – Susan Skuse (80 x 80cm, Mixed media on canvas)

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

Thera 2 (152x102)

Thera 2 – Dinah Wakefield (152 x 102cm, Acrylic on canvas)

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?


Truly Madly Deeply Lo Res

Truly Madly Deeply – Maggi McDonald (61 x 91cm, Acrylic on canvas)


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