Colour in paint specification

Paint specifications are usually concerned with technical matters such as substrates, previous coatings and condition of surface. There are however occasions when the colour of a paint will be just as important as its formulation.

Colour in a built environment can have both a physical and psychological effect on people who live and work within it. Research is constantly reporting the measurable physical effects that certain colours produce in people. Colours can stimulate, excite, depress, tranquillize, increase appetite and create a feeling of warmth or coolness – and there are some fascinating results.

However colour can also play a vital role in navigation and signposting particularly in public areas and spaces, and this is especially important when considering the needs of visually impaired people.

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