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how colourful plants can help reduce workplace stress

Growing up our house was full of plants which is no surprise given my mother is Dutch… Boy, do they love their indoor plants. I definitely picked up my mother’s love of plants as every house I’ve lived in, no matter where in the world I was based one of the first things I did was go down to the local markets and buy as many plants as I could carry to bring life and bursts of colour into my home.

And back when I worked in an office (in my corporate days) I would often find myself bringing in a colourful pot plant or two to lift my spirits and bring in some joy.

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explore colour at clerkenwell design week 2018

Tucked away in a little corner of east London is an area called Clerkenwell which is famous for its abundance of design showrooms, studios and architectural practices. And for three days every May, this design quarter truly comes alive for what is regarded as one of the UK’s leading independent design festivals.

I’m thrilled to be once again part of this exciting festival collaborating with this time with 100-year-old flooring brand, Altro where we’ll be launching the Wellbeing Colour Wheel.

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Meet Ella London, the yellow lady

Meet Ella London, the Yellow Lady or as she is happy to be known as Miss Sunshine. Yep, she’s a woman who wears yellow from head to toe. I first came across Ella when I saw her New York Post video which has been viewed over half a million times since it came out on March 14th 2018. I was so fascinated about why somebody would wear just one colour and I also felt really drawn to her (which is a trait of the colour yellow) so I contacted her to find out more.

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WAN Colour in Architecture Awards 2017 winner is…

It was an honour to be invited back by WAN as one of their judges for the architecture awards for 2017. There were 31 award categories, where I was once again a judge for the Colour in Architecture award.

The WAN awards are run by the World Architecture News, the leading resource for industry information and project news. They believe that “Colour is an intrinsic component of architectural design. Not only does it influence the way in which we experience a structure, the intelligent use of colour also expresses the building’s identity with regard to location, typology and palette of materials. 

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Black at the Golden Globes was a sign of solidarity

The Golden Globes is almost as famous for the array of colourful gowns as it is for the awards ceremony itself. I look forward to watching the parade of colours every year and I wasn’t at all surprised when the focus was switched from the glitz and glamour to one of a somber mood in support of the #MeToo and the #TimesUp movement.

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Back to Blue for British Passports

 

It was announced by Britain’s immigration minister Brandon Lewis that in 2019 the British Passports will be going back to blue.

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ChildArt Magazine – The Color Issue

When I was asked to write an article for US ChildArt Magazine which is a global education periodical written for 10 to 14-year-olds aimed at inspiring creativity, it took me all of a nano second to say yes!

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The Architects’ Journal House of Colour competition – and the winner is…

When you see design competitions they’re typically for huge skyscrapers encased in glass and steel so it’s a rare thing to come across a competition that’s more playful and lighthearted like a children’s playhouse.

In May this year it was a real delight to see The Architects’ Journal launch a competition called ‘House of Colour’ which was sponsored by buildings materials firm James Hardie, seeking entries to design a children’s playhouse.

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free online colour masterclass – book your place

Are your client’s colour questions tying you in knots?

Learn how to get your clients excited about colour again

 

After the success of running the “Get Your Clients Excited about Colour Again!” masterclass last November I’ve decided to run it again next week and you’re invited!

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The meaning of red in The Handmaid’s Tale

 

Hands up if you’ve been riveted to The Handmaid’s Tale? I certainly have. My friends and I have been talking about how it’s been an uncomfortable watch at times. The TV series plunges you into a dystopian society which is the uncomfortable part yet the story is compelling viewing.

And from a professional perspective, what I am finding incredible about this show is the use of colour, specifically the colour red.

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Colour Vs Light… which is more important?

So what is more important, colour or light, light or colour? That was the discussion lighting designer Paul Beale from 18 degrees and I found ourselves having over lunch at his east London studio.

I’m often asked which is more important and this isn’t the first time my response has surprised someone. Even though I specialise in the field of Applied Colour Psychology, keep reading and I’ll explain why.

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Who ignited our love affair of pink?

Over the past decade or two there’s been quite a lot of pink bashing. There are even pink trashing websites. I’ve always champion pink because I’ve felt it got an undeservedly bad rap. When journalists would call up and ask for my opinion and I’d say I’m pro pink, they would thank me for my time and kept searching for someone who loathed it instead.

You may have noticed things are different in the world right now – pink is hot.

And who do we have to thank for that?

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