Colourful Collections for Summer

July 19, 2018 3:13 pm

Add a pop of colour to your workspace this summer. Colour can stimulate, excite, depress, tranquilize, increase appetite and create a feeling of warmth or coolness this is known as chromodynamics. If you can use colour effectively it can make a massive difference to the environment.


A soft shade of blue triggers associations with the sky and a psychological sense of calm or red, the colour of blazing fire and blood can be linked to passion and violence. Colours are seen as warm or cool mainly because of long-held and often universal associations.

Yellow, orange and red are associated with the heat of sun and fire; blue, green and violet with the coolness of leaves, sea and the sky. Warm colours seem closer to the viewer than cool colours, but vivid cool colours can overwhelm light and subtle warm colours. Using warm colours for foreground and cool colours for background enhances the perception of depth.



When considering the use of colour for your environment there are two things to think about the function of the space and the feeling you would like to create. Everyone has their own perception of colour and this is vital in choosing the right colours and tones for your environment.

Being the longest wavelength, red is a powerful colour. Although not technically the most visible, it has the property of appearing to be nearer than it is and therefore it grabs our attention first. Hence its effectiveness in traffic lights the world over.

Red is strong, and very basic. Pure red is the simplest colour, with no subtlety. It is stimulating and lively, very friendly. At the same time, it can be

perceived as demanding and aggressive. It’s effect is physical; it stimulates us and raises the pulse rate, giving the impression that time is passing
faster than it is. It relates to the masculine principle and can activate the “fight or flight” instinct.

Green strikes the eye in such a way as to require no adjustment whatever and is, therefore, restful. Being in the centre of the spectrum, it is the colour of balance – a more important concept than many people realise. When the world about us contains plenty of green, this indicates the presence of water, and little danger of famine, so we are reassured by green, on a primitive level.

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