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BOOK REVIEW: THE LITTLE BOOK OF COLOUR BY KAREN HALLER

Updated: Oct 22, 2019


If you know me, you'll know that I love books, I love colour, and I love psychology. So you can imagine how excited I was when I found out about Karen Haller's new book, The Little Book Of Colour: How To Use The Psychology Of Colour To Transform Your Life.

And I wasn't disappointed.


Firstly, this is a beautiful little book. There has clearly been a lot of time and thought put in to the presentation and it pays off. This book is a pleasure both to look at and to hold in your hand. From the matte cover to the gorgeous, glossy photographs inside, each part of the book is a visual treat.


Secondly, I loved the content.

The book is divided into five sections

- The history of colour

Haller takes us through the key points in the history of colour; what colour is, Newton's discovery of the rainbow in light, and a whistle stop tour of the history of psychology and colour including people such as Aristotle and Jung.

- Perceiving colour

Next up is how we perceive colour. This section talks about how we each see colour differently, how names of colour affect us, and how they vary between languages (In the English language, there are eleven basic terms for colour: red, pink, yellow, orange, brown, blue, green, purple, grey, white and black. Russian and Greek have two basic words for blue, Hungarian has two basic words for red, Hindi has no standard term for grey, and the word for green is used to describe the sky in both Vietnamese and Thai). There is also a chart of world colour symbolism which was incredibly interesting.

- The relationship between colour and how we feel

This section takes us through the psychology of each colour and the colour seasons. I think this was my favourite section - everything was clearly laid out and is easily accessible.

- Colour and your personality

This section is itself divided into four sections: How to wear colour; Colour in the home; Colour at work; Colour in relationships. This is really fun section with quizzes and note sections designed to help you work out what colours you like, what colours suit you, how colours make you feel and more.

- The colour revolution

This is a summing up of the book and a call to use colour and not be afraid of it.


This book is about loving colour and using it in different areas of your life to help you understand yourself, make you feel more at home, help you to feel more confident, help you to look better and more.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it very useful when it comes to using colour in my life.

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