Colour in architecture

Valchromat has a palette of 11 colours which can be used in a project to stimulate a feeling, simply by the designer applying colour in an original way.

Colour is determined by the frequency of the wave that is reflected due to the action of light, thus the whole environment created depends on the type of light that falls on it, sunlight or artificial light.

Before choosing the colours to be used in a project, we first analyse the volumes and surfaces we want to design and then we apply the materials with different colours or shades (dominant and secondary).

As an example of the use of warmer colours, we have this kitchen from the UK.

Kitchen, United Kingdom


As an example of applying cooler, more neutral colours, we have this Seedrs office.

Seedrs Office, UK


As well as conveying emotions, colour can divide and build the space. If we use dark colours, we give the idea of space with higher or lower ceilings. A contrasting wall colour, using a different colour on each of the elements (for example wall, ceilingand floor) or applying colour to all of them as a block, helps to distinguish the areas.  These are some of the many advantages of using these elements with Valchromat, the coloured panel. Colour can delimit paths and indicate ways of living in space. Basically, it can influence our mood and well-being.

We can also associate colours with different types of architecture: a space designed for children, for example, allows for more cheerful colours than a health or relaxation space.

Acoustic Panels, Switzerland


Stiftung Mercator, Germany


Feelings and meanings of colour:

  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Red

Warm, intense, creative colours that convey security. They give energy to space and appeal to curiosity. Often used in shop designs because they are eye-catching for consumption. Combined with sober colours, in small accents that want to stand out, or in close-ups to involve people in the space. 

  • Blue
  • Green

Shades that convey positivity and can help our well-being. The calm that comes from this allows it to be used in projects where the primary function is rest. Nature (trees, plants, ocean, sky) is its base, sending our thoughts outwards and towards healthier environments.

Colour is a structural element of architecture and is available in Valchromat’s 11 colours.

  • Black
  • Grey
  • White
  • Brown

These are sober colours that represent power and elegance, sobriety and calm when used in a well-designed way. If we want, they can be discrete and be just the base for others. The tones are stable, reminding us of the earth element.

White is also the colour that can enhance all the others, giving them life.

The new White Grey colour is the perfect solution for use in projects, in the already known Valchromat applications. This tone can give the idea of calmness, amplitude and purity.

White Grey can have the coolness of white, showing the warm fibres of wood felt on touch, and can be combined with the other colours of the palette and/or with other materials, adding value to the architecture. The texture of the wood in White Grey is very pleasant to the touch and the spaces with this colour gain amplitude.

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