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Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Light and color’s interaction with our environment can dictate human emotion and instigate thousands of responses not only seen in our natural environment but in our built environments comprised of well laid plans of architecture.  Though the amount of conscious understanding of how much light and color’s influence has on us may be lost to most, but according to Steen Rasmussen it should be a revealing experience. The proper balance of color and light can influence a room. Color and light is the undiscovered emotion that enhances a room for example; bright light and bright colors creates an open feeling embracing the newly awake to the day’s adventure; using a different harmony of carefully selected color and amount of light can create a cozy warm hearth ready for the weary to sleep. This balance has been seen in religious places of worship to invoke reverence from those who enter as well as to enhance the pious in worship. The balance and utilization of light in planning a room or structure is as important as the structure itself. A magnificent room without proper light and color can make the room change from being enjoyable to being avoided, even more so if the natural change that occurs daily with the rise and fall of the sun is left unaccounted for light and color can become the enemy of space. Light can dance and illuminate a room, its absence can invoke rest or a void where as color on its own can invoke another spectrum of comfort or uncomfort. It is tantamount that they are used together in balance to mitigate the harmony that is to be felt sometimes emotionally, physically, or even spiritually.