interiors

why is biophilic design in a green rut

Why is Biophilic design in a ‘green’ rut

If you were to look up biophilic design or at the many interiors that follow biophilic design principles, it’s likely you’ll be met with a sea of green, wood and green plants.  I’ve been speaking to lots of designers and they’re all saying they are noticing this and asking why are we just limiting ourselves…

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colour design and creating positive mental health karen haller

Colour, design and creating positive mental health

Back in 2018, one of the leading UK interior trade shows, 100% Design, released their forecast of the upcoming trends in design, and right up the top at number 2 was mental health. Five years on mental health in design is still a hot topic even more so with the impact of the pandemic lockdowns…

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decorex 2023 colour trail exhibtior tag karen haller

Meet The Colour Trail exhibitors Decorex 2023

Decorex has been and gone and what a brilliant four-day event it was. The highlights for me were seeing the launch of The Colour Trail and meeting the inspiring exhibitors selected for it, and being part of the standing-room only colour panel discussion on the opening day. The Colour Trail is something I approached Decorex…

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decorex 2023 colour trail exhibitor tag karen haller

Come walk The Colour Trail at Decorex 2023

This Sunday 8th October is the start of Decorex and I’m really excited to share with you something new to Decorex – The Colour Trail. Earlier this year I approached Decorex with the idea to showcase exhibitors who embrace the power of colour in their designs alongside their sustainability credentials in the form of a…

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why designers love the little book of colour

Why Designers love The Little Book of Colour 

When I first had the idea to write a book I wanted it to be for designers and creatives but I was told that was a no go. From the many conversations I had over the years, they told me they didn’t need a book on colour because they used colour intuitively. So when Penguin…

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7 ways i use colour design psychology in my consulting karen haller

7 ways I use Colour & Design Psychology in my consulting 

I’m always asked by designers and creatives how they can practically use colour & design psychology in their work. This question often comes because they design intuitively but they notice they can get a bit stuck when their client asks them to explain their decisions or how they have come up with their designs. They…

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BIID book susie rumbold

BIID Interior Design Project Book – the must have resource for Interior Designers

Within the interior design community here in the UK, mention the name Susie Rumbold and chances are you’ll have heard of her. Susie set up her own interior design practice nearly 30 years ago and over that time has had a broad portfolio working on both commercial and residential projects specialising in listed buildings and…

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why colour has the power to bring us joy karen haller

Why colour has the power to bring us joy

Have you ever associated colour with joy? Have you ever noticed that certain shapes, patterns, design styles make you feel happier than others? This is the subject of a really fantastic Ted2018 talk by Ingrid Fetell Lee’s Where joy hides and how to find it (if you haven’t seen the video there’s a link to…

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workspace design show 2021 blog karen haller 1

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 blog karen haller

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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