The powerful use of Subtle colors contrasted with neutrals.
The subtle use of powerful colors contrasted with detail in primary colors.
Patterns expressing order found within or brought out of chaos.
Color perception, the meaning of color, and the use of color are elements of community culture which are distinctly different for many cultures. I have never found a book that truly explores these three things together. I know that traditional Japanese culture seemed to prefer soft pastels while modern Japanese culture is fond of brighter more dominant colors. Exterior colors in Equatorial regions of the world tend to more radiant and reflective colors. African cultures also includes a pallet of naturally derived, earth tone colors but uses them in patterns. In textiles the use of bright colors and patterns is perhaps more intriguing than anywhere else on the planet.
The modern movement in architecture, at the early 20th century, focussed on primary colors , black and white. By mid century this had moved to wood tones, a more muted palette and the use of metals. Smooth and shiny were preferred to coarse, textured surfaces. But color was never simply an element of style. It was a core expression of meaning and culture.
The community of medicine fluctuated between a preference for white as a symbol of cleanliness and muted pastel greens as a gentle color that aided healing. The palette has expanded in the last couple of decades to include blues and patterns and textures thought to relieve the monotony of the earlier palettes.
All of these influences are the context of Color for the African American. In the 1960’s the Black power movement adopted a flag with the colors of Red, Black and Green: Red for the blood; Black for the people; Green for the land. But African American sensibilities are not that simple or narrow. And while brightly colored suits had their time of popularity even they are not the extent of current sensibilities. Color is important but a dignified and respectable presence in our own eyes is also important.
Carpet tiles in a bedroom balancing pale beiges and greens with more intense accents.
The Green carpet tile here includes the dark blue of the perimeter and the lavender of the plush core.
Color Study of Front Facade House 1: Wineberry edition.