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Significance of colour on room character: Study on dominantly reddish and greenish colours in north-respectively south - Facing rooms
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE).
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1523-2587
2006 (English)In: Proc. Conf. Des. Emot., 2006Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this article we treat a study concerning room character due to colour appearance and spatial evaluation in different compass orientations. Rooms of the same colour, but observed in light from different compass orientation will appear differently; their identity colours will differ. The question now is if these circumstances are confined to colour impression or if they also cause a different room character. A study is made in Sweden in the Northern hemisphere in which two rooms, a north and a south-facing were used, Ninety subjects, evaluated and compared the experimental rooms, equal in all respects except quality of light in 118 empirical studies. The walls were coloured consecutively in six hues in two nuances; the inherent colours were six pinkish and five greenish, plus one yellowish and one bluish colour. Room character was described aided by semantic scales. Data were statistically processed using the SPSS 1 statistical program to analyse connections between spatial evaluation, inherent colour and compass orientation. NCS colour vocabulary was used. Finally, verbal descriptions with own words were used as a supplementary method to unfold nuances in response. The study show that differences in hue and nuance affect evaluation of room character. Subjects reacted distinctly different on pinkish and greenish rooms; they had separate colour connotations. Room compass orientation resulted in different evaluation through weakening or strengthening of associations linked to the colours by colour connotations.

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, Proceedings from the 5th Conference on Design and Emotion 2006
Keyword [en]
Colour appearance, Colour connotations, Emotional response, Inherent colour, Light quality, Room character, Spatial evaluation, SPSS, Sunlight and skylight, Facings, Quality control, Semantics, Color
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-155082ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84865182108ISBN: 9197507954ISBN: 9789197507950OAI: diva2:760903
5th Conference on Design and Emotion 2006, 27-29 September 2006, Göteborg, Sweden

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Available from: 2014-11-05 Created: 2014-10-30 Last updated: 2014-11-05Bibliographically approved

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