Students should indicate suitability of the colour schemes for architectural purposes. The colour schemes should be different for different spaces. Student should be able to analyse the changes in the character due to application of colour on the form.



Design Application

Grouping of colours
Mere theoretical understanding of colours does not automatically lead anyone to the mastery over the colour schemes. Before one experiments with colour schemes, he


Before starting to make colour schemes, students are asked to create number of variations of colours on plain white paper. The target is to use at least five to seven varieties of colour. The background should occupy a minimum of 60 percent of the paper whereas variations should happen in the foreground. These colour schemes are finalised in two-dimensionality and then the same is applied on the three-dimensional form. Students should attempt to create the following types of colour schemes.

· Colour scheme based on contrast
· Colour scheme based on harmony
·Colour scheme based on
contrast of intensity
· Colour scheme based on
contrast of hue
· Colour scheme based on
contrast of value
· Colour scheme based on
analogous hue

should be aware of the theories about simultaneous contrast, colour proportions and contrast of value, intensity and hue. Study of colour on two-dimensional surfaces is meaningless for architects. The colour schemes have to be implemented in the space. The study of colour on three-dimensional form is of more relevance to an architect, as compared to a painter or fine artist. Application of colours on built-up form is totally a new field. Buildings are much larger in size and scale as compared with the largest ever painting done by any painter. Buildings are seen in the dark & in the sunlight and have to look interesting throughout the day. Receeding and projecting surfaces and weather frames cast shade and shadows on the surface of the building and create several other tones, tints and shades. Students should be made aware about the present trends and fashions. Prevailing fashions in colours put restrictions on the designer. There is also a sensory and psychological impact of colour on the human mind. That is why brown is called masculine colour whereas purple and pink are the feminine counterparts. White enlarges the object, whereas black makes it look compact and sharp. Green indicates fertility whereas yellow colour shows happiness and gaiety. Royal blue is used for aristocracy whereas navy blue makes the surface week and bloodless. It is noteworthy that architects prefer to be less colourful in their external building faces, whereas interior designers use colours more liberally and aggressively. It is also interesting to check whether the images in our mind are colourful. Can the architectural spaces be influenced by enclosing it with coloured planes?


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