A Study of the Factors Affecting Colour Meaning and Emotional Response

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Reham Sanad


Colour design research studies are concerned with identifying colour preferences and emotion elicited by colours, and a deep understanding of the aspects shaping these emotions will lead to better exploitation of colour design. This study highlights the aspects that contribute to human emotional response to colour. Hue, brightness and chroma are colour attributes used in different colour model identifying colours. Brightness and chroma in most studies affect the hue on colour emotion association. Colour context, texture and size are also discussed in terms of contribution to colour motion response. Other factors such as time span and culture impact the colour emotion link and aspects related to humans including personality, age, gender and preference to colour and/or emotion are discussed. The findings of this research will benefit marketers and designers to understand the effective usage of colour in design making in its aesthetical and functional aspects.

Keywords: Colour attributes, age, sex, preference, culture, context, education, religion, personality, colour context.


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Sanad, R. (2017). A Study of the Factors Affecting Colour Meaning and Emotional Response. New Trends and Issues Proceedings on Humanities and Social Sciences, 4(11), 11-22. https://doi.org/10.18844/prosoc.v4i11.2844