Many clients tell us ‘I’d like an optimistic home, but what if I get tired of the color?’ We always have a critical thought about it:

-If you saw a field of poppies every morning from your window, would you get tired?

-No, I wouldn’t.

-Do you remember the color of your school?

-it was painted in a terrible beige.

-And did you get bored of it?

-Since the very first day.”

This is the way in which the architect Izaskun Chinchilla explains the color matter with those clients who tell her the typical sentence: “I’m afraid of getting bored of the color”. Chinchilla stands for the relevant role that color represents in the spaces that surround us in our daily life.

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If you saw a field of poppies every morning from your window, would you get tired?

 

The pleasure of staying home

The importance of color in the arquitectural space goes beyond decoration. Many studies show the positive effects of color in people’s emotions. “Color makes people’s living change, from working more concentrated to finding more pleasure staying home. It even boosts families’ mood and reduces fights”, tell us Izaskun Chinchilla.

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Toy Room from Kids’ Space against Cancer in Casa Decor 2017 made an important presence of color

More than decorating

Color has many practical purposes, along with psychological and aesthetic importance. For instance, the use of dark or bright colors in exterior surfaces affects to the inner part of the house, depending on the bigger or the less power of absorption of the sun ray.

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Colored glass facade from MUSAC, Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León

 

Working hard and at our best

Nowadays there’re many open concept offices where white color prevails, but, has anyone considered if this color is helping us to focus on our work? According to a study from the University of Texas, this color reduces sadness and depression. The color of our workspace concerns our productivity. A mixture of vibrant colors which motivate our creativity is the best.

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UTOPIC_US Conde de Casal, designed by Izaskun Chinchilla. ImagenSubliminal / Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero.

Blue moon

And blue everything. According to a study carried out in 10 countries from four continents, everybody’s favourite color is blue. Stress may have something to do with this color, associated to the calm and tranquility inspired by the sea or heaven, something which is liked by man and women of all ages. Casa Decor sensed it and this was one of the colors which dominated in Madrid during 2017.

El Espacio YoDona fue uno de los que apostó por el azul en Casa Decor 2017.
YoDona Space was covered in blue in Casa Decor 2017

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