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Summer Blogging: Introducing Color Theory Part 2: Different Types of Lighting

July 12, 2017

Hi Everyone <3 😊
Here’s an important color tip for today.
When dealing with colors there are “no fixed rules, no absolutes of right and wrong, no formulas that can be relied on to assure successful results”.

So don’t be afraid to break the rules, bend them a little, and make it your own. Your ultimate goal is to ensure that the color works for the intended space. Keep that in mind as we slowly introduce the color schemes and color decision and planning.

Even though light is the answer to color perception, there are actually different types of light that can effect the colors that are seen with the human eye. Light such as: daylight, artificial light, colored light, interior lighting, or light reflection. Each of these different types of lighting can cause the human brain to correct the perception of color in different ways.

Daylight obviously will vary depending on the time of the day, and even the season, right? But say you are holding a bouquet of red roses on a sunny day vs a cloudy day. The daylight is different but it’ll still look red during a cloudy day.  This effect is called color constancy; when your brain makes adjustment in color when the light “is not evenly balance in color” (Pile 20) so that there isn’t a drastic change in color.

For example, this modern dining space designed by P&M Studio. The blue flowers will still be blue when the sun goes down.

Artificial light comes in a variety of sources. Incandescent, fluorescent, neon, candles, and etc. Each of these artificial lightings have a color characteristic that differs one another. However, artificial lighting is developed in order to deliver similar effect to daylight. This concept is called full spectrum lighting.

An example of artificial lighting that I found on Pinterest is this Discocó Pendant Lamp by Christophe Mathieu. Love this pendant in this space! <3 You can also check out my Bath Board on Pinterest; when I was doing my Bath design, I pinned quite a few light fixtures to use for the bath.

Many and most interior designers will use a combination of lighting sources to ensure the space is well balanced with reflections and shadows. Which also can affect the way color is received to the human eye and brain. Color interaction will be our next post, so stay tuned and keep reading 😊 as we sum it up with Chapter 3.




“Refuse to be unhappy; be cheerful instead”-Ben Daniels

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