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uk homes ‘unadventurous’ as 75% admit to obsessing over impressing their neighbours

ColourMatch from Argos Colour Campaign with Karen Haller.

I’ve been working closely with the team at ColourMatch to analyse the results from a nationwide survey on what people really think about their homes.

The study was released today and shows that three quarters of people admit their home ‘lacks personality’ and, when it comes to our homes, we are a nation obsessed with impressing others.

I had quite a busy day discussing the findings on no less than 12 radio interviews. Following is an extract of the press release with some stats I think you’ll find are an interesting insight into how the UK view their homes.

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Red revealed as the sexiest lipstick colour

Red revealed as the sexiest lipstick colour.

 

Did you see the article in this week’s UK Daily Mail ‘Giving pink, purple and orange the kiss off: Red revealed as the sexiest lipstick colour.’

Scientists at the University of Manchester found that red lipstick draws attention to the mouth, most notably from the opposite sex.

This is because red is the colour of masculine energy. It is also the colour of passion and lust… need I say more.

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Grand Designs LIVE 2013 – Karen Haller talks Colour Psychology in the home

I just spent the last three days giving talks on colour psychology in the home at Grand Designs Live, Excel London. It was an absolute honour to be asked to be one of their expert speakers. Colour psychology is my passion so to say I was excited to speak at one of the biggest interior shows in the UK is an understatement.

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Does colour change the way we feel and behave? What Radio 4 DIDN’T tell you

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Back in November I was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 as part of their week long Technicolour programme which was aired last week. Each day there were three colour experts speaking about their area of colour expertise from how our bodies create colour, colour language and perception, our reaction to colour, how colour is made and colour forecasting and trends.

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colour psychology… will having pink in my brand put men off?

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Another great colour question from one of my Twitter followers, Emma Sutton @lightthespark. She asks “Will having pink in my brand put men off? (questions for your 30 day challenge)”

(Day 27 into my 30 blogs in 30 days challenge!)

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How to choose the right colours to wear when speaking from stage

How to choose the right colours to wear when speaking from stage

One of my Linked in connections, Saskia Jennings asked me the following colour question

” Hi Karen, I love colors! I’m an orange fan. I’m energetic, dynamic and creative…I have 4 speaking events for 50 business people. What colors would you recommend me to wear and why? Looking forward to your suggestions. ”

I was also asked a similar question from @John__Cassidy, known as the headshot guy and a question on facebook about the colours to wear workshops and presentations so it is obviously something people want to know about.

(Day 26 into my 30 blogs in 30 days challenge!)

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colour psychology… the meaning of black

How do you feel when you see black? Do you see black as mysterious and eerie, sophisticated and glamorous? Perhaps serious and a mark of excellence, or maybe even draining and tiring?

Black means all these things and depending on your own personality, aspirations and how you are feeling any of these associations to black can be expressed.

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London Olympic… how did they come up with the design and colour scheme?

Have you seen the London Olympic brand logo and colours? They are pretty hard to miss. Love them or loathe them, they are really polarising public opinion. Even Lord Coe being quoted as saying “It won’t be to everybody’s taste immediately…”

So how did they come up with the design and colour scheme?

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business branding colours… meaning of pink

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When I started researching for this article, I didn’t realise I would find so many businesses that use pink as their main branding colour.  On one hand this may reflect an increase in women going into business or more female related services. On the other hand I did find it surprising given the  back lash against pink being marketed at little girls. It seems when it comes to marketing to women pink is all the rage.

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A Colourful Day at The Women Unlimited Conference

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I had the absolute pleasure of attending the 4th annual Women Unlimited Conference on Friday, held at the British Library and attended by over 200 business women. This amazing event is the brainchild of Julie Hall, founder of Women Unlimited.

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personal branding colours…. what are you saying when you wear purple

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If one colour oozes opulence, decadence and luxury it has to be purple.   No surprise it was favoured by early royalty. Given they saw themselves as God’s representatives on earth, purple communicates, on a psychological level, a connection with the higher spiritual self.

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colour & design surgery…how can I wear this season’s colour blocking trend & still look professional?

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This is part of the colour & design surgery series, answering questions from clients and readers.

Question: “I love this season’s fashion trend of colour blocking but am a little reluctant to wear it for business meetings as I want to be taken seriously and the colours are so bright! Do you have any tips on colour combinations to wear that portray a sense of fun while maintaining professionalism?”
– Alicia Cowan, Absolute PA

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