Colour in Architecture

Colour is such an important part of every aspect of our lives. We see colour and its impact in the natural environment all around us, but it is also a primary concern when designing our urban environments. The best architecture firms understand how to implement colour into designs that will have the right type of impact on the surrounding environment. Colour has always played a role in how we have developed as a civilisation and will continue to do so. Designers and architects understand the importance of colour in everything that they do, and that is why you are used to seeing certain types of colours in different types of environments, providing the intended stimulus that is relevant to a specific environment and location.

There have been many scientific studies over the course of the last century and more that have made observations about the impact of sensory perception of colour and its use within architecture and urban environments. What these studies have proven time and again is that, as humans, we are hard wired to response to colour both physiologically and psychologically. It matters that much to our mental health and the way we live our lives.

This is why we see how important the colour choices are to an architect in every tiny detail of a project. It matters what colour the construction materials are during the construction phase – what colour wood is used, brick and stone, is marble the right choice? It also matters to the final touches of a building, in what colour is used for the windows, the doors, the trim of a building etc.

Colour has a dramatic impact on our mood, and it is a language that is understood across multiple cultures and languages. We all have a subconscious response to the colour red meaning warning or danger, and that a light shade of blue is relaxing for instance. This has an impact on how urban environments are designed in the first place and what you can expect to see in different types of buildings. You would expect a drastically different colour in a recreational structure when compared with a school, or a hospital will have a different colour structure to a domestic property. It all matters to our psychology and the best architects understand how to weave colour in and out of design in a way that is functional, aesthetically pleasing and has a positive impact on us.

Architects and designers working on any project will always study the impact of colour on a structure and design. There will always be many different elements that have to come together for a successful project, and the wrong colour choice can have a devastating impact on the completed project. Colour has a psychological impact on every person who comes into contact with a building of any kind. That is why there are certain no-no’s in some industries. Within a hospital for instance you want calm and neutral colours and not bright red that might be associated with blood. This is why we see the aims of colour within an architectural design space as more than just an afterthought of decoration, it is instead a central part of the entire design process.