Karen Haller

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Turn Blue Monday into Blooming Monday with Colour

Today is apparently the most depressing day of the year. It even has its own name – ‘Blue Monday’.  It’s based on Dr. Cliff Arnall’s ‘formula’ where he gathered a number of factors such as Christmas holidays withdrawals, debt, low motivational levels, weather etc. And the calculations all added up to the third Monday in…

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Why red robins are a symbol of Christmas in the UK

If you have ever wondered why red robins are associated with Christmas? Let me share with you two stories I’ve heard. The first one is about postmen in Victorian Britain who were apparently nicknamed “robins” because of their red-breasted coloured uniforms. It then became popular to see these cute little birds on a Christmas card…

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2022 – Is it blue or purple?

I’m guessing you’ve already seen Pantone’s colour of the year, and you’ve probably already asked yourself the question ‘is it blue or is it purple?.’ I know I have. I ran a quick poll over on my Instagram Stories and a resounding 96% said it purple. So I looked up Pantone 17-3938 in my Pantone…

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Diwali… festival of lights and colour

Diwali is one of India’s most important cultural festivals, celebrated across the nation and worldwide by the Indian community. It’s where they light oil lamps or candles to symbolise the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. It has also become known as the Festival of Lights. The name “Diwali” is a actually…

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Launching Karen Haller Behavioural Design Consultancy website

When I started working on my new consultancy website back in 2020, I didn’t realise the journey it would take me on, both personally and in my business. I knew my business had evolved a lot since my last website went live a few years ago, but it wasn’t until the first Covid lockdown that…

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Why red poppies are used to symbolise remembrance day

  On the  eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month 1918 marked the signing of the Armistice, signalling the end of World War One. The first sign of life that rose from the barren battlefields was the red poppy and they has come to symbolise the memory of those who sacrificed their lives. Remembrance Day is  a…

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Workspace Design Show London

The past 18 months has shown that the workplace will never been the same again. How do we navigate this new way of working? What role will the workplace play? And not to mention what’s at the forefront of every designer’s and architect’s mind – the importance of sustainability, mental health and wellbeing. If you…

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Colour Vs Light… which is more important?

There is one question that I’m often asked and that is “what’s more important, colour or light?” It’s a question I’m asked by my colour & design students, design professionals, from the audience at design shows, even with lighting designers. And my initial response is often met with surprise given I specialise in the field…

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The Effects of Colour – Forbo Flooring Webinar

When 1000 industry professionals show up to a webinar you know there’s something good going on. And that’s exactly how I felt after sharing the ‘webinar stage’ (despite it being midnight for me) with Pantone’s Carola Seybold hosted by Forbo Flooring systems to discuss The Effects of Colour in Interiors in April. Design professionals from around the world…

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How is Colour Psychology Different to Other Colour Modalities?

Have you found yourself doing an internet search to find out more about colour psychology only to find conflicting information in articles, infographics and books?  It seems that anything about colour has at some point be lumped under the heading of colour psychology so it’s no wonder why one of the most common questions I’m…

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