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How Does Architecture Affect Our Psyche?

How Do Colors Affect Our Psychology?

Color is an integral element of our world, not just in the natural environment but also in the man-made architectural environment. The environment and its colors are perceived, and the brain processes and judges what it perceives on an objective and subjective basis. Psychological influence, communication, information, and effects on the psyche are aspects of our perceptual judgment processes.

Studies on the psychological impact of color show that people are highly sensitive to the hue and saturation of their surroundings. The effect of these colors also depends on their position and context, since colors are almost never seen in isolation. Our perception of and reaction to a hue will change if it is on the interior or exterior of a building.


Its gives the effect of excitation and stimulation. Red is the most dominant and dynamic color.

The eye actually has to adjust focus, since the natural focal point of red lies behind the retina.


It gives the effect of cheer. When pure, yellow is the happiest of all colors. In radiates warmth, cheerfulness, and inspiration and signifies enlightenment, and communication.


It gives the effect of retirement and relaxation. Blue appears to be transparent, wet, cool, and relaxing. As opposed to red, blue will decrease a person's blood pressure and pulse rate.


It gives the effect of ominousness. Black is associated with oppressive power, darkness, and the unknown.

The Effect of Light On Our Psychology:

Natural light has a significant impact on circadian rhythms because it's both full-spectrum and dynamic and it's important to design thoughtful lighting that benefits the health and well-being of the building's users.

An effective lighting system designed around natural circadian rhythms helps users maintain a normal sleep schedule and feel much happier and healthier. It also leads to additional long-term benefits, such as higher productivity, improved memory, a healthier immune system and improved mood.

Different types of rooms demand different lighting solutions. The starting point needs to begin with the form and function and then follows the when and how each room is used. The overall dimension of the space, the color choices, the furniture and materials and the time of the day; every single element influences and effects the way light reacts in a living space.

Here we look at 4 ways to achieve it:

How Does Circulation Affect Our Psychology?

Circulation networks are what connects all programmatic spaces- from interior spaces within to the external ones. It plays a critical role in:

• Accentuating connectivity between the different programmatic elements and the various essential nodes.

• Utilizing connectivity as a motivational factor towards promoting human circulation.

• Boosting social cohesion and a sense of space

• Promoting interactions and social sustainability

Convenience Factor:

Tailored within computational methods that affect concepts of the 'best route', the 'shortest route', and the 'most enjoyable one manipulating one's perception of the space.

Circulation Efficiency:

An efficient route is a balance between a suitable distance and the quality of the walking route. This good quality is triggered through providing visual stimulants along the way, stimulating a higher interest to walk.

Spatial Permeability:

• Giving access to views of nature with gardens, through windows and in artwork (potentially reduces stress and anxiety)

• Having perceptual cues to assist the perceptual processes and help avoid confusion

• Providing direct access to usable outdoor space

• Enhancing ones feeling of openness, transparency and safety

These were the different ways in which architecture can affect psychology. Hope you found this article both informative and helpful.


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