Peer-Reviewed paper (2021)

This peer-reviewed paper will be published in a forthcoming issue of the leading journal on colour – Color Research and Application.

The paper ‘Specified colour vs. perceived colour: Identifying and managing factors that impact colour in the built environment’ discussed the challenges facing architects and designers when using colour in the built environment. Many of these challenges arise due to variation between specified colour and the resulting perceived colour when specified colour is applied in situ.

One of the reasons for variation between specified colour and perceived colour arises due to the occurrence of simultaneous contrast within the context of paint colour in interior colour design or exterior façade colour. In the illustration, the grid features Resene Paint’s Rice Cake colour at the centre of each square surrounded by nine different white paint colours. Depending on the contextual colour in each grid square, Rice Cake appears to vary marginally in colour attributes, especially hue and tonal value.

I have been a member of the AIC Study Group on Environmental Color Design since AIC 2009 when I presented the paper ‘Façade colour and judgements about building size’. This paper represented a small section of my PhD research: ‘ Façade colour and aesthetic response: Examining patterns of response within the context of urban design and planning policy in Sydney’ (2008).

Since 2010, I have published seven peer-review papers in Color Research and Application and, as at December 2021, two paper continue to remain in the top 10 Most Accessed papers in the journal: ‘Colour psychology and colour therapy: Caveat emptor’ and ‘Colour, contrast and gestalt theories of perception: The impact in contemporary visual communications design’.