DO COLOURS HAVE PERSONALITY?

Though scientists don’t completely understand the link between colour and mood, it is generally accepted that colour affects mood.  Since the colours we see around us can definitely affect how we act, think and feel, we should certainly consider the personality of colour when making our designs.

But what colours influence what moods? We often talk about being green with envy or feeling blue, but are these colours really indicative of these attitudes?

WARM COLOURS

Warm colours, located on one side of the colour wheel, are colours with warm undertones such as red-orange, reds, yellows and yellow-greens.

These colours

  • convey passion, power, love, joy, urgency, energy
  • demand attention
  • evoke heat & sunshine
  • appear to advance
  • feel warmer

COOL COLOURS

Cool colours are located opposite warm colours on the colour wheel. They are colours with cool undertones and include purples, blues and blue-greens.

These colours

  • convey calm, comfort & relaxation
  • merge into the background
  • evoke sky & water
  • appear to recede
  • feel colder

ACTIVITY: Make SOME WARM & COOL collages

you will need

  • Snippets from magazines, paint chart cards, or perhaps materials related to your craft - leather, decorative paper, fabrics, yarns for example.

  • White paper or your sketch book

what to do

Arrange your images into 2 collages. The first should reflect only warm colours and the second collage only cool colours.

Add your collages to your portfolio.