The Importance of Color Palettes in Architectural Design

The Importance of Color Palettes in Architectural Design

Besides thermal, acoustic and luminous comfort, colors are factors that influence the sensation we feel when in an environment and become a strong device to influence the user's behavior.

Far beyond aesthetic preferences, the use of certain colors can bring different meanings that cover other fields such as psychology or symbology. Therefore, it is known that a color does not depend only on light and environment, but also on the perception we have of it. The German Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, who has deepened his study of the Theory of Colors, points out that the identification of tones is subjective, but the effects are universal. As an example, the warm colors (red, yellow and orange) are more dynamic and cause feelings of comfort and stimulus in people, while the cold colors (green, purple and blue) have a softer, soothing and static effect.  Therefore, creating a color palette is a possibility to generate different sensations in the perception of space.

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In the architecture field, the possibilities are infinite - contrasts between different materials and colors, different tendencies such as pastel or neon tones, or even acromatism.  In any case, colors are a fundamental tool to intensify or diminish the presence of elements, facilitate or complicate the reading of the environment as a whole. For this reason, we have selected some projects that are colored in different ways and we highlight the chosen palettes as a way to exemplify the different sensations that can be generated in the viewer.

Riviera Cabin / llabb

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Picture: © Anna Positano

Mixtape Apartment / AZAB

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Picture: © Luis Diaz Diaz

Latino Coelho Apartments / Manuel Tojal Architects

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Picture: © Francisco Nogueira

NOON afterschool / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

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Picture: © Leo Espinosa

Ne_On Apartment / NestSpace Design

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Picture: © Hey!Cheese

Single Family House / Brandt + Simon Architekten

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Picture: © Michael Nast

Casa Praia Vermelha / Nitsche Arquitetos

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Picture: © André Scarpa

Nagatacho Apartment / Adam Nathaniel Furman

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Picture: © Jan Vranovsky

Images d'Orient / Rabih Geha Architects

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Picture: © Tony Elieh

Can Picafort / TEd’A arquitectes

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Picture: © Luis Diaz Diaz

Lavabo Tri Suave / Marília Zimmermann Arquitetura e Interiores

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Fotografia: © Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio

Paredes de Coura / Escritório de Arquitetos

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Picture: © João Morgado

GMG House / Pedro Gadanho

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Picture: © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

BOX 298 Building / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

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Picture: © Nelson Kon

House TEC 205 / Moneo Brock Studio

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Fotografia: © Adrián Llaguno – Documentación Arquitectónica

Did you know that it is possible to search for projects by their colors in ArchDaily? Click on one of these and see how easy it is: pink, red, orange, blue, green, yellow, black, gray, white.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in June 2020, and updated in April 2022.

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Cite: Delaqua, Victor. "The Importance of Color Palettes in Architectural Design" [A importância das paletas de cores em um projeto de arquitetura] 05 Jun 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/942031/the-importance-of-color-palettes-in-architectural-design> ISSN 0719-8884

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