Elements of Architectural Design: Sensory
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Color is an element of our visual perception that is related to how our eyes perceive light. We differentiate these perceptions and name them red, blue, yellow, etc. Architects use color in the choice of materials used to construct a building. These color choices can be quite subtle, such as using a warm, yellow toned concrete instead of a cold gray base, or using a brownish brick instead of the traditional red. However, the architect must consider the color effect of every element of a building's construction, from the earthy colors of primary construction materials like wood, stone, brick and marble, to the expansive variety of colors available for paint, doors, windows, siding, and trim. Once chosen, the architectural drawings and sample boards tell a contractor exactly what color building materials to use when constructing a structure.