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COLOURS AND CULTURES (BUILDINGS)

V. Ryan 2004 -2009

 

It is well known that colours influence our moods and feelings. Light colours are likely to make people feel more relaxed and darker colours create more of a serious atmosphere. Classrooms are sometimes coloured in shades of blue and orange as these are thought to promote learning.
In the hot environment of Australia it is normal to see cool colours such as blues and greens used on buildings (inside and outside). This is psychological, as it is thought to make people think that the environment they are in, is cooler. On the other hand, in Europe, bright primary colours are used to promote the feeling of warmth, due to the longer winters and colder atmosphere.
In the hot / warm Mediterranean where summers have high temperatures many of the villas and homes are coloured white. This is to reflect as much sunlight as possible away from the building. The aim is to keep the rooms inside cool. Often the window frames are coloured light blue. This is a Mediterranean colour scheme.
 

 

 

 

Questions:
1. Using a holiday brochure, select a typical Mediterranean house/villa and draw it, using appropriate colour and shade. Try using two point perspective or single point perspective.
2. Using holiday brochures etc..., list the colours seen on homes in Northern Europe and compare them to the colours schemes used on African homes/villas.

   

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