Colour Psychology seminar

This Colour Psychology seminar was initially presented to the Colour Society of Australia on 12 August 2015. The seminar examined the diverse origins as well as evidence and applications of colour psychology in applied design and the built environment.

Spanning from antiquity to traditional and New Age beliefs, ideas about colour psychology abound. Much of the information in mainstream media is drawn from theories dating from 19th and 20th centuries. Many of these theories and beliefs are unfounded and lack evidence. Some colour psychology ‘experts’ promoted their theories for personal gain and some of these ‘experts’ were fined or did goal time as a result.

The Colour Psychology seminar also explored recent, evidence-based information about colour psychology. Most of this information is drawn from research studies of the last 20 years and have a sound empirical basis.  Tools to distinguish evidence-based information from unfounded beliefs and unsubstantiated claims were discussed.

The seminar illustrated some of the ways in which evidence-based information about colour psychology can be applied in design and the built environment. A range of applications of evidence-based colour psychology examples in design and the built environment were discussed.

This Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminar was based on a peer-reviewed journal artilce (Colour Psychology and Colour Therapy: Caveat Emptor) and a fully referenced and illustrated ebook by Zena O’Connor available from

You can find out more about events held by the Australian Colour Society at their website.

The Colour Psychology seminar will be updated and presented in 2019.