It is well-known that lighting significantly changes the atmosphere of a room. It can create an ambiance or warmth and welcoming feel or allow a room to appear crisp and invigorating.
However, when it comes to the interior design factors that influence people, colour use has traditionally been seen as the key. Different colours have been found to strongly provoke moods and even actions. The colour of a space is often the first thing a person will notice, so its impact level is extremely high.
However, while the influencing power of colour is overt, lighting’s covert power may very well be just as strong, according to a new study.
The study, undertaken by lighting and electronics company HELLA along with the University of Germany, examined the effects of LED ambient lighting inside automobiles and found that modern lighting technologies ‘had a significant impact on both driver and passenger emotions’.
“LED lighting technology provides designers with another important way to add value and improve the overall driving experience,” says Dr. Herbert Wambsganss, director of engineering for HELLA Interior Lighting Systems. “It’s a key new ingredient in the interior design equation.”
This new understanding is easily transferrable into the interior design industry and corresponds with findings from previous studies that found that children in classrooms are more productive or calm when under certain light shades.
However, colour does play a role in the abilit of lighting to influence emotion, with the study finding both factors together have the ability to induce strong emotional responses including excitement and calmness.
This is leading industry members to dabble in the implementation of RGB (Red-Green-Blue) technology, which can change the colour and hue of LED lighting systems, maximising the gains of both colour and lighting as mood controllers.
Interior design is a product of its details. From lighting to furniture, with room orientation and ceiling heights, interiors are worth only as much as the aspects that comprise them. That is why, in finding connections between colours and lighting – and the emotional responses these can induce – truly allows designers to have control over not only the look of a space but also over how those who enter it should feel.