"I could imagine everything except a journey in an Universe with no colour. " (Innerko)
Colours. So important by their impact, they are used at science level in advertising, marketing, politics, in launching product icons, fashion icons, cooking art, architecture etc.
We may talk about the symbolic attributes of artificial colours afferent to certain materials. In architecture, colours may be categorised in conventional, influencing and decorative colours.
When we talk about conventional colours, we include symbolic colours and ancient architecture offers numerous symbolic codes. For instance, in China positive aspects were represented with red and the negative ones with yellow. In Egypt, human faces were red, nature was green, the sun was yellow and the sky was blue. In Byzantine architecture there appear figurative frescos, in the gothic style the colour was introduced by painted windows. In the contemporary architecture colours have reached a functional message associated with some technologies, so that colours are conventions signalling dangers. But the most important progress is signalled in the way of using colours in order to psychologically mark the architectural spaces.
Colours participate directly and deliberately in the process of defining an interior architectural space, but an urban space as well. Colours produce emotional reactions which is imposing a good management of their usage.
The chromatology or the "science of colours" represents a very vast domain and we cannot comprise it on this web page. However, we will create a brief presentation of the most important things we need to know about colours and their importance in our life style, the psychological impact and numerous factors which are particular depending on every person, place, space.
The interior architecture, constructions architecture, decorations, pieces or design elements, accessories go beyond the functionality and the shape carrying a message by colour. The colour completes the texture or the supporting material.
The chromatic concept is highly important in every space. It is the music we hear silently when we are stepping inside.
Everyone knows that when we say colour, we take into consideration the light. We will not develop the subject from its physical perspective, in this material. What is to take into account when we work with colours in a space is their dynamics as compared to the day moments and with the artificial light type chosen or existing within a space. Colours are telling a story in the morning and another story at night, when we use artificial light.
The items or surfaces defining the space are colour bearers and they are strictly connected.
The space reflects light and its shape and orientation towards the cardinal points are strictly connected to the way in which light decomposes into colours.
That is why a space cannot be approached only from the perspective of the chromatic preferences of a certain user, ignoring the existing situation. We cannot ignore the user, we cannot defy the space.
The space influences the user and that is why we have to find the best methods to do it in his favour, on his behalf.
Colours are analysed as therapy method. Chromotherapy is a branch of alternative medicine.
Colours psychology is maybe the most important aspect and the power of colours being demonstrated over the human body. In some ways, using the colours psychology, it prevents what chromotherapy heals.
Why do we have certain preferences for some colours? Why, meanwhile, can we ascertain that we love other colours than, for instance, the ones preferred in adolescence? May favoured coloured constitute a clue in creating the psychological profile?
Colours should be used depending on the context but on the state we want to create.
Thus, using the colours within an architectural space means more than combining them in a laboratory.
We do not recommend you to use the conventional solution by choosing white walls only because this is a safe alternative. Do not neglect the unique nature of the Being.
Choose to live in an environment ameliorating your life quality, even if you need a remedy, apparently so simple : a spot of colour.
A harmony of colours is as sensible in its equilibrium as a pinch of salt in an exquisite recipe prepared by a chef : a bit more and everything gets compromised.