Karen Haller

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Holi – a glorious festival of colour

The festival of Holi became internationally famous for throwing of colour. It’s a glorious festival of colour, which is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month, which this year began at sunset on Sunday 24 March, and continued until sunset on last night, Monday 25 March.…

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Happy International Colour Day!

OK, so full disclaimer here, 21st March isn’t officially recognised as International Colour Day. The AIC (International Colour Association) have had quite a long ongoing process with UNESCO to have this day officially recognised, but while we’re waiting, there’s no harm in celebrating it, right? Why March 21st? I think you’ll agree with the AIC’s…

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St Patrick’s Day – Why Green…?

If I asked you what’s the first colour that comes to mind when you think of Ireland, it’s likely to be green. On March 17th, the Irish the world over celebrate their patron saint. But how did the colour green become associated with St Patrick and become their good luck colour? There are many thoughts…

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MIX Awards 2024 entry + judges announced

The Mix Awards are the undisputed awards event of the year. And this year they’re marking a significant milestone – the 20th anniversary of their industry-leading awards. Organised and hosted by Mix Interiors, the Mix Awards are the UK’s leadingevents for commercial interiors. bringing over a thousand respective peers together to celebrate the country’s best…

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The many colours of Valentine’s Day

Did you know an estimated 224 million roses world-wide are grown for Valentine’s Day with 198 million in the US alone[1]? That’s a lot of love going around.

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Chinese New Year… the significance of red

It’s Chinese New Year and red is all around us! Also known as the Spring Festival, it’s one of the largest celebratory events for the Chinese community. Red (紅 hóng) is not only the cultural colour of the Chinese people, it’s also their primary celebratory colour. In China, red culturally relates to fire and energy, and…

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how can sustainability and colour trends coexist

How can sustainability and colour trends coexist?

How can we be sustainable and still use colour trends is up there as one of the biggest challenges I hear from designers all the time. It’s a really great question because sustainability encourages people not to buy, yet colour trends often encourage people to change things or buy new products. So what do we…

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the top 5 pitfalls to avoid when it comes to colour trends

The top 5 pitfalls to avoid when it comes to colour trends

Who doesn’t get excited or even a bit curious to know what the season and annual colour trends are going to be. Even for those of us like me don’t follow trends, we love to have a little peek. And the reason we are often interested is because you can’t ignore that trends are big…

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which 2024 colour of the year speaks to you

Which 2024 Colour of the year speaks to you?

Happy New Year! What are you most looking forward to in 2024? I’ve been reflecting on my wish for 2024 which is that we unite in supporting and helping each other. Creating a world where we are kind to ourselves, kind to others and kind to the planet. For me it’s a question of who…

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top 5 most read articles for 2023

Top 5 most read articles for 2023

With 2023 drawing to a close, I thought I’d take a peek at which articles were the most read this year. While last year they all related to the colour red, this year it’s an eclectic mix from how colour can bring joy, the rise of nature-led trends, the ‘world’s’ ugliest colour to Twitter’s rebrand…

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