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The psychology of colours
Colour psychology is all about how colour make people feel. Different colours stimulate different parts of the brain, so it is definitely worth taking colour into account when planning building architecture. The colour of roof and façade architecture has a major influence on the appeal of a building. Combined with the environment of the building, the functionality of the building and clearly the taste of the owner and the architect all kind of colours and combinations of colours are interesting.
Colourful architecture makes colourful and vivid life and work environments. Without claiming to be complete, it is interesting to notice humans association with colours.
Red : Activity, invigoration, passion, optimism, heat
Pink: Healing, soothing, brings equilibrium, youth
Orange: Energy, uplifting, warmth, assurance
Yellow: Happiness, growth, stimulating
Green: Nature, calm, balance, security, life
Blue: Reflection, relaxation, loyalty, calm
Purple: Calming, joy, spirituality
Brown: Neutral, natural, relaxing, security, stability
Grey: Intelligence, modernity
White: Clean, innocent, pure, peaceful
Black: Elegance, sophistication, power
This overview is clearly very general. The possibilities with colours itself and combinations of colours, or even the combination of roof and façade colours with other aspects and materials used on the building gives virtually total freedom of design. Additionally has to be noted that above mentioned are only full single colours. Special design options that can be used are all kinds of metallics, mica colours and different kinds of textures incorporated in the paint that give all kinds of effects.