Darkness – Color Connotations (3.2)

Darkness – Color Connotations (3.2)

Welcome back to our series exploring the value of darkness in lighting design. Today, we identify the importance of color connotations in our built environment.

 

 

MEANING OF BLACK: DARKNESS

How does the color black affect us physically and mentally?

– Feeling inconspicuous

– A restful emptiness

– Mysterious evoking a sense of potential and possibility

 

 

MEANING OF GRAY: SHADOW

How does the color gray affect us physically and mentally?

– Unsettling

– Expectant

 

 

EIGENGRAU (GERMAN: INTRINSIC GRAY)

– The color seen by the eye in perfect darkness

– Eigengrau is perceived as lighter than a black object in normal

– Lighting conditions, because contrast is more important to the

– Visual system than absolute brightness

 

 

MEANING OF WHITE : LIGHT

How does the color white affect us mentally and physically?

– Aids mental clarity

– Encourages us to clear clutter or obstacles

– Evokes purification of thoughts or actions

– Enables fresh beginnings

 

 

Join us next time as we discuss Criticisms of Color Symbolism!