White Paper: The science of color and light

A practical guide for architects and interior designers

February 24, 2014 |

Color and light are two of the most fundamental, yet powerful tools available to architects and interior design professionals.

Used effectively, color can express an individual’s personality, convey a business’ brand essence and infuse meaning into a cultural institution’s mission.

Yet color is entirely dependent on its accompanying light source to come to life. Any kind of light—whether it’s daylight, artificial light or even candlelight—can dramatically change the way a color appears when an individual views it. 

Understanding the relationship between color and light is essential to designing spaces that fulfill their intended purpose and achieve maximum impact. 

As lighting options continue to evolve, spurred by new technologies and the move toward greater energy efficiency, designers are challenged like never before to understand how lighting subtleties can impact color and finish selections.

This white paper provides an overview of the properties of color and light, along with practical guidance on how the relationship between the two affects design choices. 


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