The world is beautiful because unlike a black and white television, it is a full manifestation of all shades and tones of colours .In the same way , to improve the aesthetic appeal of the built environment we use colours tastefully ,so that they reinforce each other, rather than clash. This adds a desired atmosphere of say cosiness and quiet excitement that may transforms a house to a home. Colour choice come into play when buying the paints, wood stains and vanishes to applied to area such as walls, floor, ceiling and sanitary fitting .This in turn will determine the colour of carpets, fabrics, wall covering and furniture that may be deployed in the house.
While there are hundreds of colour shades such as Flake grey, Magnolia, and Lavender, it’s generally assumed that people with normal vision see six pure colours, namely Yellow, Red, Blue, Green, White and Black.
Colour has three main attributes hue, light reflectance value and Chroma.
Hue is derived from the eight divisions of the colour spectrum as shown below.
- RR-Magenta to Red.
- YR-Red to Orange.
- YY-Orange, Yellow to Lime.
- GY-Lime to Green.
- GG-Green to Turquoise.
- BC-Turquoise to Blue.
- BB-Blue, Purple to Violet.
- RB-Violet to Magenta.
Light reflectance value measures the lightness or darkness of colour. So we have light green or dark green colour.Chroma refers to the measure of the colour saturation or intensity. The colour intensity will range from neutral grey to the most intense full Chroma. Also colour appear different according to surface material to which the colour is applied. For example colour on paper and a fabric will look and feel differently.
Thus ,colour important element in building construction , because it gives the tail end of building construction work and finishings that great look. Typical applied finishes are paints, wood stains and Varnishes.
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Sources: Materials for Architects and Builders by Arthur Lyons PhD.