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.