The Feelings Behind Colour
By Jeanette Del Zio
Colour is such a huge part of design and decoration. Actually it is a huge part of life and your daily interaction. We, on a daily basis interact and interpret over a million different colours, patterns, light, shades, shadows and tones. Together it all gets processed within milliseconds through your eyes and brain so you recognise all the objects that are in front of you. It is pretty amazing if you really think about it, I will however spare you all the technical scientific details as I more want to focus on how these colours affect our mood and psychology.
Do you ever notice how you feel in specific spaces or places? Are you mindful and aware of where you like to be, what makes you feel good and what does not? All these sensations that you feel when interacting in your daily life are part of the fourth wall in design, as I like to call it. There is the breaking of the fourth wall in acting, where the actors interact with the audience past the camera or the stage. However, to me that fourth wall in design is human sensation. This is something that I find, very intriguing and am extremely passionate about understanding and pursuing more.
Colour and texture is a huge part of creating this connection between the space and the mind, so
in today’s post I want to share with you the sensations associated with colour and challenge you to take notice of how you feel when you interact with the colour.
Colour mood association is a great way to allow you to explore and make decisions when picking colours and is especially useful for public spaces, large corporate offices, restaurants, and clubs and health care practices.
The spectrum and associated moods are very interesting to understand and note, as they all focus on different things. It is also interesting to note that when making colour selections that these colours can also induce the opposite effect if not used or applied in the correct way. I will delve more into this next week so that when you are picking your colours you can make an informed decision from all dimensions.
Image sourced from The Honest Company Blog – Honestly. ( link tohttp://blog.honest.com/color-psychology/ )