In architecture, what do you think matters most? The way a building makes you feel, how it functions, how it fits in with its surroundings. In each of these areas, the choice of building colour can either enhance or inhibit the design and functionality.

With the choice of colour, an architect can transform a project and even the surrounding area.

There are many reasons why choosing colour is one of the most important decisions for architects. In this blog, we will examine the impact that colour can have on a project and explore some of the key considerations surrounding making decisions about colour in the design process.


The emotional impact of building colour

How a building makes you feel can have a lasting impact. If you want to create excitement, choose a warm palette like red or orange or bright contrasting colours like those used in the New London Fabulous movement. If you’re choosing muted or cooler colours like blue and green, it may be to create a sense of calm and serenity, see below for inspiration on some popular colour choices.

Drilling down into the reason for choosing a given colour is a great way to ensure you make the right choice. What is the purpose of your building? How will the choice of building colour make its users feel? What complimentary colours might enhance your chosen palatte and how might you incorporate them?


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Consideration of the surroundings when choosing building colours

Important factors to consider when choosing a building colour include how it will fit with other buildings in the surrounding area, local cultural associations with colours and the purpose of the building you are designing. Whether a building is part of a bustling city or stands alone in the wilderness how it fits in with its environment is of the upmost importance.¬†Maybe you’re looking for it to flow seamlessly with its surroundings or your goal is to make a bold statement, maybe even somewhere in between the two.


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Products that help you choose a building colour design

A crucial consideration is choosing the right product. Our manufacturing partners, Rairies Montreux, offer a vast range of colours in their bricks, brick slips and tiles. Their glazed brick slips are popular worldwide and provide a durable, eye-catching solution when adding colour to your building design project. As each project is unique, evaluating which product would be most appropriate for your project is essential. The environmental conditions and location can affect which products will be the best fit, so it’s important to do your research or get in touch for our expert guidance early in the design process.


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Building colour choice and how this impacts well-being

By using building colours that are found in nature and introducing other natural elements into projects we can help to support people’s well-being. The principles of biophillic design can be drawn upon to the use inspiration from the natural world to inform or enhance a design.

Studies have shown that a feeling of connection to nature can boost mood and a sense of balance, even productivity. Using tones of greens, blues and browns that may be found in the natural world it is possible for architects to create a greater sense of connection to the natural world and improve the well-being of the people who connect with their buildings.


Building colour and well-being


How light will affect your design colour choice

Light can significantly affect the appearance of colour. Consider how natural and artificial light may affect the colours you choose. For example, colours may appear different depending on the lighting or the natural light that is coming in, so it’s important to test how colours look in various lighting conditions.


How building colour design impacts perceptions of a space

Architects often use white and lighter colours to create a sense of spaciousness and open up a space. Darker colours may be used to create the feeling of a smaller, more intimate space.¬† When you can’t change the size of the space, you can always use colour to achieve the aesthetic you’re looking for.


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Top Tips For Incorporating Colour Into Building Design

Test and sample: Before finalising your colour choice, create some sample panels, combine your colour choices, and take them to the intended location.

Get clear on your intentions: Are you are looking to create an ultra modern design, a natural hideaway or something timeless that won’t date as trends change?

Products: Research or seek professional guidance on the most appropriate products and considerations for your project.

Popular colour choices in building design

  1. White: White is clean, fresh and timeless. It can make spaces feel open and light. White is used in both modern and traditional architecture.
  2. Neutral Earth Tones: Neutral colors like grey, taupe and brown are popular because they can be used to create a sense of warmth and blend well with other colours. They work well as backgrounds and complement a wide range of materials and styles.
  3. Blue: Shades of blue can be calming, often associated with the sky and the sea. Lighter shades of blue can create a sense of spaciousness and tranquility, while darker shades can add depth and sophistication.
  4. Green: Green can be used to evoke a sense of tranquility and connection to the outdoors. Green can also be incorporated through landscaping, interior plants, and eco-friendly design elements.
  5. Warm Earthy Tones: Warm colors such as terracotta, oche and mustard can add richness and depth to a space. These colours can evoke a sense of warmth and comfort.
  6. Black: Black is bold and unappologetic. It can add contrast and sophistication. It is often used for accentuating features, creating focal points, or conveying a sense of modernity and luxury.
  7. Accent Colors: Accent colors can be used to add vibrancy, personality, and visual interest to architectural design. These colors can be used to draw the eye or enhance the overall aesthetic.


Colour is a powerful tool in architecture that can shape the way people perceive and experience a space. By understanding the impact of color, architects can create buildings that enrich their occupants’ lives and enhance the area they are built in. For more information and ideas on brick and brick slips design, you can see our inspiration page. You can book a CPD seminar with us to understand everything from how Brick Slips are manufactured, to how they help architects make their visions come to life.


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