When the Light Comes On

May 24, 2018

Light unfolds the colors and materials. We see objects around us as a result of the reflection of the light from their most outer surface. Light is made up of wavelengths and each wavelength is a particular color. The color we see is a result of the wavelengths that are reflected back to our eyes. 

 

Light makes it all possible.  Images pass through glass but are stopped by wood and other rough or solid materials, while a smooth and shiny surface throws them back whole so swiftly.

 

Some objects are solid, some transparent, and some reflective. As designers, we make important decisions such as what should be glass, stone, or translucent material. A mirrored wall increases the appearance of the room. A glass wall allows the outside to be part of the inside.  A stone wall demonstrates a permanent state.  Without proper light, we lose the value of these great materials.  We lose their full potential and the role they play in the space.

 

Without the light, we can't understand the colors.  Colors are necessary because they affect people in different ways.  There are warm and cool colors.  Colors can set the mood, energy level and productivity. Creating the right color scheme, whether that is monochromatic, analogous or complimentary, is important in the design of spaces. Balancing it is also as important.  Some colors are perfect when used as accents, such as red or purple but turn overwhelming if too much is used.

 

Imagine a space without windows and no lighting.  Imagine a dark architecture where light does not bounce, reflect or shine; where mirrors and crystals have no spectrums and colors are irrelevant.  This space will have no story to tell until...

...the light comes on.

 

 

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