Environmental colour and well-being

McLellan, Galyna & Guaralda, Mirko (2014) Environmental colour and well-being. In Bravo, Luisa (Ed.) Book of Abstracts: Past Present and Future of Public Space – International Conference on Art, Architecture and Urban Design, City Space Architecture, Bologna, Italy, pp. 141-142.

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Significance of colour schemes in appraisal of the urban aesthetic has been traditionally recognised by design professionals. However, the proven psychological and emotional impacts of urban colour remain overlooked in design thinking. This paper argues that health-conscious approach to environmental colour design requires consideration of phenomenological human needs in addition to aesthetic and stylistic preferences of a designer. A body of knowledge accumulated in environmental colour psychology provides a foundation for a shift in the environmental colour design. Though, some architectural critics suggest that design professionals have little understanding of how different aspects of colour psychology can be integrated in design process. Lack of an explicit design methodology has been described as a main constraint to applicability of the related knowledge in design process. Understanding the notion of environmental colour is essential in developing health-conscious approach to environmental colour design. Therefore, this paper is primarily focused on conceptualisation of environmental colour and experiential environmental colour design. Additionally, a role of environmental colour design in the delivery of health-enhancing environments and balanced sensorial experiences is briefly discussed.

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ID Code: 79910
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: health-conscious environmental design, environmental colour, environmental colour design, balanced sensorial stimulation, psychological well-being
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 09 Jan 2015 00:41
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2017 22:36

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