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What The Colours In Your Life Say About You

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Last updated on May 16th, 2021 at 05:28 PM

Researchers have revealed what your favourite colours really say about your personality, with some fascinating and surprising results.

The research found if you are looking for love, you should paint your bedroom WHITE, as the highest number (29 percent) of people with white boudoirs would describe themselves as “passionate”, compared to just FOUR percent of those with RED bedrooms.

The survey also revealed that those who describe themselves as “accomplished cooks” are highly likely to have a kitchen painted grey (14 percent), compared to those who have a blue kitchen, where just one percent described themselves as a whiz on the pots and pans.

And according to the data, Brits who drive a black car describe themselves as high achievers (19 percent), compared to just two percent of people who own a green motor.

The study, based on 4,000 participants, by global smartphone brand OPPO, found that in terms of the clothes, those who describe themselves as a “lover of the great outdoors” are most likely to have a wardrobe made up mostly of blue (12 percent).

Overall, the highest earners dress in white for success and are most likely to have more white in their closet than any other colour, earning £51k per year, compared to a national average of £38k.

However, it’s not such good news for people who like to wear splashes of teal as they are the lowest earners on average pulling in £34k a year.

In terms of the patterns we like to wear, the highest number of those who describe themselves as “grouchy” are partial to a checked shirt while those who are “well-read” are most likely to be found wearing floral patterns (12 percent).

While the highest number of those who describe themselves as “touchy feely” perhaps unsurprisingly love a bit of hippy chic tie dye (12 percent).

When asked to describe their mood over the last few months, 48 percent said grey and black. However, when asked what colour they thought this year would hopefully be with the emergence from lockdown and the return to normal life, over a quarter are optimistic as we head towards summer and spring, being drawn to bright yellows and greens (27 percent).

Psychologist and Colour Counsel expert Lee Chambers, who analysed the findings commented, “It is no surprise to see white scoring highly across the board, given the year we have experienced.

With underlying anxieties and lockdown fatigue heightened, the clean simplicity of white allows us to find a place of serenity to be thoughtful and re-connect.

“During significant times of change, we navigate towards cooler and more stable colours, searching for foundations and spaces that feel safe.

We are less likely to express ourselves through colour and less likely to see a range of colours in different environments.

With the colours we wear and surround ourselves with having an impact on our moods and emotions, combined with the world opening up and spring being upon us, there is no better time to consider igniting some of the dormant colours within us and awakening the full spectrum to express ourselves for a vibrant future.

“While some colours have evolved in meaning during the last 12 months, others still convey their traditional meaning, including the timeless and striking nature of the ambitious black car owner, conveying feelings of significance and control. But as we transition, the nation may well start looking for a depth of colour elsewhere.”

Managing Director for OPPO UK, Kevin Cho, who commissioned the study said, “We know how important colour is in people’s lives and our latest research shows that more than ever it’s tied to our emotions and our well-being.

It says a lot about who we are and it continues to be a way in which we express ourselves. With the launch of the new Find X3 series our focus was to help customers bring colours to life and inspire them to explore new possibilities with the latest technology.

We’re excited to launch the OPPO Colour Counsel to help the nation get back out in the world and start capturing their lives in vibrant colour again.”

The study also found that, overall, 28 percent of Brits wear their favourite colours to give off an impression of who they are, with a further 12 percent saying a certain colour has become their personal trademark.

Over half of Brits (56 percent) say they try to incorporate their favourite colour into all aspects of their life.

When asked about traditions like painting a nursery pink for a girl and blue for a boy, 63 percent agreed it was sexist and outdated.


  • White bedroom – passionate
  • Red bedroom – not passionate
  • Grey Kitchen – a great cook
  • Blue kitchen – bad cook
  • Black car – high achiever
  • Green car – not career-minded
  • Blue wardrobe – outdoorsy
  • White wardrobe – highest earner (51k)
  • Teal clothes in your wardrobe – low earner (34k)