Buildings' Soft Skill Color

If colors are used consciously and according to scientific findings as Buildings’ Soft Skills (properties of a building that may affect health, perception and behaviour), they can have specific beneficial effects on people. Thus they meet our needs, enhance our well-being and consequently our health.

Colors have a constant and  subtle impact on people (cf. Meerwein G., Rodeck B., Mahnke F.H., 2007. Color: Communication in our environment Basel: Birkhäuser; 4th edition).

Color relations

Colors can create different moods in rooms and buildings: either through the effects of the interaction between different colors or their interplay with other Buildings’ Soft Skills (such as light, air, acoustics, etc.) This develops completely new space qualities in architecture.

In rooms and buildings the interaction of colors shapes and materials used is essential.
So called harmonic sounds of colors can be  created and modified through their nuances (cf. Itten, J. (1970). The Art of Color. Stuttgart: Urania Verlag).

Colors can stimulate us or calm us down, help us recall memories, give us information and better orientation,  or simply feel aesthetically pleasing.
Even facade colors interact and react in the street scene with the colors of their surroundings.

Some colors bring each other to shine, others dampen each other ; some create together dynamic and agitation, others have a calming effect. If you want to bring a lot of dynamic and stimulation into a room, you should choose high contrasts. If you want to provide calm and relaxation, you should apply only low and soft contrasting colors.


Interaction of Buildings’ Soft Skills

While designing interior spaces one has to bear in mind the different qualities of light emitted by different light sources. These qualities of light can influence the perception of color immensely. They can also change the interaction and effects of colors.

The coloring materials used (wall colors, 9coatings, oils, etc.) and their quality may also influence other Buildings’ Soft Skills such as the quality of air or water.

(previously quoted from the article ‚Colors as Buildings’ Soft Skills’ by Pia Anna Buxbaum, in: „Gebäudesoftskills - neue Dimensionen im Bauen. Praxis - Wissenschaft - Kunst“, published by P.A. Buxbaum, E. Oberzaucher. Announced for fall 2020)