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most popular colour blog posts for 2013 are…

Most popular blog posts 2013.

It’s the end of another exciting year and I’m always intrigued to see which blogs were the most popular with my readers.  Taking a peek at my Google Analytics reveals the top 10 most popular colour posts.

It’s really interesting to see what my blog readers found of interest. Most popular by far were the posts on the psychology of business branding colour, such an under utilised brand asset. The intrigue of wearing red & black, fascination on colour in culture and just how do paint companies pick names for their colours.  So from 10 to 1 here they are…

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colour & design surgery… how to use brown in my interiors without looking like a ’70’s flashback

Colour and design surgery - brown and gold luxury bed banner. This opens a new browser window.

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

Question: “I’d like to know how to use brown in my interiors so that it looks all luxurious and rich and dark (like chocolate!) rather than 70’s polyesterish. It seems to be a fine line!”
– reader, Tamsin Fox-Davies.

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colour & design surgery… why are halloween colours orange and black?

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

Question: “Why are Halloween colours orange and black?”
– reader, Tamsin Fox-Davies.

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colour & design surgery…how are paint colour names chosen?

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

This month is slightly different as I’ve had a burning question myself …

Have you noticed over the years how paint names have been getting more emotive, fanciful and sometimes just plain silly…?  I was really curious how paint companies choose their colour names.  Given that I work with the personality, whether that is a business or a person, I suspected this may be part of the story with paint companies too.

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colour & design surgery…do world events influence color trends?

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

Question: “Do world events influence color trends?”
– reader, Ke Robinson.

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colour & design surgery…how does culture influence colour?

Newsletter - 2011 August - colours in culture chart section. This opens a new browser window.

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

Question: “How is colour understood differently in different cultures?”
– reader, Melissa Lessi.

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

Newsletter - 2011 July - colour blocking. This opens a new browser window.

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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colour & design surgery – how your desktop screen colour can improve your mood

Newsletter - 2011 June - screensavers calm green.

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

Question: “I run a website design company. What colours should we have our desktop pictures set to when we want to feel energised, calm, brave and balanced?” – Keren Lerner, Top Left Design

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colour & design surgery – kitchen colour conundrum

Newsletter - 2011 May - Charlene's kitchen.

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

Question: “My partner and I are in our first home together and have, maybe out of laziness, decided to keep all walls white. You’ll see from our photo of kitchen that the cupboards & appliances are white too. We do love colour and would like to know what we can add to the flat to get some colour without painting the walls?”
– Charlene Hutsebaut

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colour & design surgery – the problem of muddy paws

Newsletter - 2011 Apr - muddy paws.

Here are the adorable culprits. Out playing and getting their paws muddy!


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

Question:  I really like neutral colours in my interiors but I have two dogs with muddy feet who have ruined my beige carpet.  What can I do instead?
– Tasmin Fox-Davies

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