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Creating mood with colour
What do colours in architecture mean?
It’s a visual language understood by everyone. Colour.
The use of colour in design is so important as we all perceive colour subconsciously and it can be used strategically to create a desired space.
But colour is more than just visuals, it influences feelings and behaviours. The study of how colours shape perceptions and behaviours has its own name: Colour Psychology. The insights used by these researchers have influenced all aspects of design, including architecturally.
Colour in architectural design is commonly used strategically to make people feel different ways when they enter any space. It helps to create a visual balance and form an appropriate mood for that environment. There is a reason why classrooms aren’t painted black, or doctors’ clinics are red – this is it!
All design elements including light, shadow, and space work together to create a seamless experience. When done right, it’s not something anyone would necessarily pick up on, but rather working subconsciously. It’s important to understand colour for any architectural projects.
So… What do certain colours mean and how can they make people feel? We’ve investigated them for you…