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Embrace the feel good power of pink

Embrace the feel good power of pink - Pink Lady Apples_1 - Karen Haller

Pink is having its moment in the fashion spotlight this season. From palest rose to deep magenta: pink is everywhere we look this spring. I’ve been working with Pink Lady® apples and what a year for pink it’s been so far!

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Building colour confidence

Building colour confidence

Have you ever walked into a store having seen a colour you’ve fallen in love with in the window, only to find yourself walking out having bought your ‘safe colour choice’?

Well, you’re not alone. There’s no doubt we love colour. But sometimes we can find it a bit scary, unsure of what suits us, wondering what others will think…

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an insight into naming paint colours

Colour and Paint - Royal Academy - Will Alsop range

Back in early March I had the opportunity to fulfil one of my bucket list dreams – naming paint colours. I was invited by Bill Wallsgrove from Colour & Paint to join him on naming a new paint range from architect and artist Will Alsop OBE RA as part of the Colour & Paint Royal Academy collection.

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christmas wrapping paper… the psychology of colour

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One of my favourite things about Christmas is wrapping presents for my friends and family in beautifully coloured paper, ribbons and bows.

Colour is the first thing we see and we instantly have an emotional reaction.  It can have an influence on our mood, feelings and behaviour. So choosing wrapping paper and all the trimmings with thought and meaning can make the moment of receiving a gift filled with joy and happiness.

According to a study that was published 15 years ago by Daniel Howard, professor of marketing at Southern Methodist University in Dallas “Gift wrapping, through repeated pairing with joyous events in people’s lives, has utility in cuing a happy mood which, in turn, positively biases attitudes.”

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women unlimited google hangout – the challenges of working from home

Women Unlimited - The Challenges of working from home - Google Hangout - Karen Haller

Yesterday I was thrilled to be asked by Julie Hall, founder of Women Unlimited Worldwide to join her and fellow guest Judy Heminsley, on a discussion about the challenges of working from home through to how to create the ideal home office. It was also my first experience on Google Hangout. I had no idea of what to expect. Thankfully Julie was at the controls.

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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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3 interior online diy tools you can’t be without

Interiors. 3 interior online diy tools you can’t be without.

How many times have you decided to do some decorating but realised you weren’t sure how to calculate the quantity needed. Here are some handy tools to help take the guess work out of how much paint, wallpaper or tiles you need for your DIY projects.

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weekend decorator – 7 amazing ways to turn your stairs into a design statement

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In the first of my new series ‘weekend decorator’ I’m featuring what is probably the most under utilised surface in your home, one that you can turn into a real design statement.

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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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designing your own bathroom? here’s how to sketch it out

Are you thinking of designing your own bathroom? Wondering how to go about it? Who better to ask to share their approach than Reed Harris, the Tile Specialists.  And there’s a special offer on their amazing range of tiles at the end of this article.

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outdoor living… 5 elements to create your perfect outdoor space

Outdoor living - private jungle oasis.

If you’re anything like me, with summer upon us I want to be living outdoors.  So why not make the most of the glorious long daylight hours and balmy evenings by creating an outdoor living space.   Even if you have a small patio or terrace, there is still so much you can do.

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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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