The Emotional Impact of Color in Landscape Lighting

In both natural and man-made environments, color has a proven psychological and profound impact on us. Color can both soothe or excite and energize or relax us as well. It has the power to make spaces visually recede or expand and either weaken or strengthen. Psychologists have determined that color affects how we perceive even the taste of food. In short, color has the power to affect our emotions and is a powerful agent in the composition of the outdoor spaces in which we exist.

In New England, the landscape and architectures often reflects the historic and staid aesthetic of our forefathers.

This attitude prevails in the lighting aesthetic as well and many clients shun the opportunity to add color landscape lighting to their palette. But this is changing.

With the advent of the newer technologies and products such as the Philips Hue color bulbs which were created for interior applications, designers have begun to experiment with color themes in and around homes that have the ability to change the mood of the environment with color at a whim. As colored lighting technology becomes more mainstream, we will begin to see it used on a more widespread scale and with valued applications in outdoor environments as well.

In recent years, colored light technology has entered the landscape lighting world with manufacturers offering more and more control to the client over an infinite range of color options and light intensity levels. With a simple downloadable mobile device app, clients can change an outdoor lighting fixture from warm white to a cool hue or from white light to a subtle pastel colored light and then even to vibrant hues of blue, purple or red for festive occasions. When reflected off of a façade of stonewalls, sculptures and architectures the effect is emotionally stirring.

Uplighting Bronze Eagle Statue with Cool Color Hue

In a recent uplighting installation for a bronze eagle sculpture on a client’s property, a more dramatic experience and highlight effect was achieved through the use of color specifics applied not only to the sculpture, but also the architecture behind it. By applying knowledge of colors and materials and through a careful color selection strategy, the effects of color proved to be quite dramatic as seen in the header image of this article. A couple of color options were considered with each option creating a very different mood. The visual value of an object like this outdoor sculpture can be easily elevated by placing it within a composition of contrasts and color.

If you would like to know more about how color can be used to transform the emotional environment of your outdoor space, call or write us today.