Thursday Design Bits: color coded

Architecture / Design

Color has meaning. 

Whether it triggers a physical reaction (red has been shown to raise blood pressure) or a cultural reaction (white in weddings,black in funerals), color affects our perception of space and situations.

We color code for organizational purposes. Saldus Music and Art school by Latvian architects MADE featured recently in Dezeen is a great example. Color follows subject: Green for the music school and blue for art students.

And we color code for psychological purposes. See below image from the “Color Image Scale” book by Shigenobu Kobayashi, a leading color psychologist.

Cool colors tend to have a calming effect.

At one end of the spectrum they are cold and at the other end of the spectrum they are comforting.

Blue, green, and the neutrals white, gray, and silver are examples of cool colors. See table from creative color schemes below.

Warm colors excite us.

The warmth of red, yellow, or orange can convey emotions from optimism to anger. The neutrals carry warm attributes. See table from creative color schemes below.

Neutral colors are the shades of grey and brown. They make good backgrounds, as they are able to unify other color palettes. They can also stand alone and be cool or warm depending on the subtleties of blues and reds. See table from creative color schemes below.

What to choose?

Follow the trend of the upcoming season: FLINT – STORM – CLUSH – ALPINE  are explored at decor 8 here.

An optimist favorite:

Or generate your own color palette from any picture at DeGraeve here.

Fun stuff!

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