Whilst light is crucial for creating harmonious spaces, it is important not to forget the main expression of light – colour. Research is limited but it can be argued that both light and colour can evoke biological responses in us, such as in terms of mood and blood pressure.
When choosing your colour pallette you need to think about what the space will be used for and how people will interact with it. Your bedroom for example would ideally make you feel calm and evoke a peaceful sense of wellbeing. Neutral and soft pastels can be used making the space feel light, airy, open and relaxing – the perfect environment for a great night’s sleep!
If the quantity of natural light is limited, “light” colours can reflect different sources of natural and electric light around the space enhancing it’s quality. On the other hand, “warm” colours can be used to make a space feel more cosy and embracing. “Bright” colours can make a space feel energetic and invigorating, and a clever colour pallette can even help define different functions within an open plan living space.
We also need to remember that we experience life in 3D – and not just with our eyes. Light and colour give us shadows helping define 3D objects, but adding texture to that pallette can enhance both our visual and tactile experience in a space.