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Colours and temperaments

"So there is nothing like composite humours ... but there are in all only four, each of which is simple, and one does not know what shall become of humans who acquire a mixed one.”
(E. Kant)

The theory of temperaments describes the way in which humans act and react.
Temperament is deeply rooted and consists of emotional, motoric, attention-related reactions and self-regulation. The term circumscribes relatively constant characteristics of behaviour such as mood, persistence, stimulus threshold and pace.
The Swiss psychotherapist Max Lüscher is known for inventing the Lüscher colour test, a tool for measuring the person's psychophysical state based on his or her colour preferences.

unstable and extroverted, colour red, derived from "yellow bile“ ("chole"), choleric, irritable and agitable

stable and extroverted, colour yellow, derived from "blood“ ("sanguis"), cheerful, active

stable and introverted, colour blue; traditionally white, derived from "mucus“ ("phlegm"), phlegmatic, passive, ponderous

unstable and introverted, colour green; traditionally black/blue, derived from "black bile“ ("melan chole"), melancholic, sad, thoughtful

Grüne Wand AURO Naturfarben

Equivalents in colour design:

Yellow rooms
cater to sanguine people and provide a warm and intellectually stimulating atmosphere. The colour yellow has a cheerful and sunny effect.

The colour blue has a soothing, appeasing and relaxing, i.e. phlegmatic effect.

Rooms in green colour shades also have a soothing effect but also foster thoughtfulness. Maybe this is one of the reasons why we can think so well during a walk in the woods.

Red rooms cannot really be recommended. Should, however, the colour red predominate, it boosts our energy, gives strength and increases assertiveness.

Wibke Schaeffer

Kindly supported by
architect Wibke Schaeffer, Lichte Art, Cologne.

For more information, advice on optimum colour selection or seminars and workshops on colour psychology, please contact Wibke Schaeffer on .