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How to make a colourful design statement

Colour is an integral element of our world, not just in the natural environment but also in the man-made architectural environment and has played a role in the human evolutionary process.

Throughout the ages, the evolution of man is often depicted by its harnessing of new materials, from Stone-age to Bronze-age to Iron-age. The use of these materials are still very much a centre piece around new designs, with the abilities to transform, manipulate and create new materials to suit our everyday requirements. Everyone interprets colour in different ways; their is a whole science behind colour, its psychology and the emotions it can bring out of people.

Colour plays a huge role in architectural design and is not just for decoration, the impression of a colour and the message the colour conveys is important in creating a physiological mood or ambiance to support the function of a space or building.

The choice of finish, is very much limited by the choice of material. Modern techniques such as PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) allow the colouring of Stainless Steel materials to suit a wide selection of finishes ranging from vibrant pinks and blues, to traditional Bronze, Brass and Coppers. Unlike powder coating or painting, the process of PVD enhances the surface material allowing the texture of the original surface to remain, whilst also providing an abrasion-resistant layer that will not lose colour over time.  This offers an attractive benefit to architects for its longevity and low-maintenance qualities alike.

Anodising is a popular finish for Aluminium, for similarly to PVD on Stainless Steel, it provides additional strengthening and protective qualities to its application without masking its natural surface grain. More traditional colouring techniques are still in abundance, such as painting and powder coating, with the ability to create distressed and antique effects to even the newest of products.