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Color is the new black

Color is the new black

An unexpected variety of colors marks the current light fixture designs. One might get the impression that it can't be colorful enough! The manufacturers are celebrating a new spring awakening... This spirited suspension lamp made of hand-rolled, colored glass strips is guaranteed an eye-catcher "I can't even decide, everything is so beautifully colorful here!" sang Nina Hagen at the end of the seventies into the microphone. At that time she sang of the escape of bored people to television and was certainly not thinking about light and lighting fixtures. But exactly this statement fits the current product developments of the manufacturers. In the last years and decades the trend was to change the surfaces unerringly between silver matt and shiny. And once in a while the trend was in the wake of burgeoning retro styles - the classics in black and white. But now everything is turned upside down - one gets the impression that it may not be colorful enough! The producers are celebrating a new spring awakening... From muted classical to bright pop What was announced quietly and carefully already last year was confirmed at the international furniture fair in Cologne, Germany, in January: the new trend are colors. And it goes to the extreme. Many manufacturers are still faithful to their lines, but you get the impression that the limits of the company's production strategy are largely repealed - what a refreshing development for all involved. A manufacturer like Oligo, whose products were marked for over 25 years in the same design with subtle shapes and chrome surfaces, loosens his own restraints and offers one series of colored lights after another. Glance by Oligo Modern interpretation of the classic lamp shade: the LED luminaire is available in the colors white, grey, black, red, orange, yellow and green. Artemide provided a Christmas gift for the market with a fresh and colorfully painted special edition of Tolomeo's little sister: "Micro Pinza LED" in the Italian national colors of green, white, and red. Baltensweiler - known for the classic surface combination black chrome - painted his table lamp "Zett USB color" in metallic shining colors. The examples do not stop, and it would exceed the page to list them all. The fact is that the boundaries were taken down. Whether the new color is a trend documented through surveys, or whether some conservative manufacturers discovered a new longing for color variety - it should not matter to us, because this new development will benefit us, the consumers, first and foremost. The new diversity offers an incredible selection. Until recently, you had to decide between white and dark grey - the color palette is now so large that one can choose between different shades of color. And if this is still not enough, you can pick colors from the RAL card and asked the manufacturer for your personal favorite tone. Zett USB by Baltensweiler Lighting series in six different colors Don't be afraid of color Not for nothing one talks about the agony of choice when you have an excessive supply. It is quite a challenge to opt for a light type. And now you have to choose among a dozen colors to find the right one for you on top of that. You are either very stylish or even brave or you can let a color consultant determine your own character color. Ultimately, the tendency to monochromacity is often linked to the inability to profess courage and pick a color. The fear of "getting tired of the color" is too large and does not support the decision to spend a three-to four-digit amount for a trendy table lamp. Therefore you quickly pick the "timeless" colors that are actually none at all: black and white. But the subconscious is already moaning loudly - and rightfully so: because colors are beautiful! What if spring was black and white There are probably only a few people who get creepy chills when looking at a colorful meadow in summer. We love colors! As soon as the first buds bask in the sun and create a new dress for Mother Nature, we storm out and enjoy the change. The long, gray winter is over, and we can't wait to bask in the bright warm sun, enjoy the fresh fragrances of spring, and to admire the colors offered to us. But why is it so incredibly difficult for us to choose color in your own four walls? Whether it is the desire for stability and we therefore choose the "timeless", or whether we really don't like when the unit selected for a solid interior design is disturbed everyone has his/her own reasons. And yet we have become more daring over the last few years. It may be a byproduct of the already existing cocooning that we are just dealing more with our wellness rooms and think about how to use one or the other visual accent. And while doing this, the idea of colors almost jumps at us. Because you have finally found your own style and know how you want to create your interior world, the step to targeted accent lighting is only a confession to your own taste. Although maybe not everyone can immediately appoint his favorite color(s), we can rule out very quickly which colors we do not like. And then everyone knows what he actually likes. Picking a style, deciding on the placement of furniture and finally even finding your favorite color in addition to the existing fundamental color - and now your whole personal accent of the present is in place! Piculet by Philips Turn on the color: these lamps is available in different colors. The head of the lamp can be turned in any desired direction. All lights are grey at night What is it actually with colors? Why do we recognize them differently and what do they do to us? In order to understand this, we need to make a small detour and talk about our perception. The human eye contains two different light receptors: cone and rod cells. While the rod cells are responsible for seeing shades of gray, the cone cells enable the perception of colors. If insufficient light is present, such as at night or at dusk, the much more numerous and capable rod cells are dominant and our usual colored image is increasingly monochrome. This means, on the other hand, that the amount of light determines the actual shade of color on a colored surface. Of course the color does not really change, but we perceive it differently. This is one reason why in winter everything seems to be a little grayer. It's not only the missing leaves and flowers, it is the missing light that lets our receptors see one-sided or in grayscales. We can observe a similar effect when too much light meets our eye as well, that is to say, if we are blinded. When viewing a colored and translucent light shield, which is equipped with a bright light bulb, the color fades rapidly. A red clay changes gradient from white to orange. We are not able to clearly differentiate. The eye is ultimately focused on the brightest spot and creates a resulting color mixture. If we are blinded by a light source, the eye darkens it as far as possible, so that it no longer hurts to look at it. This has the consequence that the colors fade and resemble shades of gray. Take Tavolo by Kartell This table lamp is made of transparent, colored polycarbonate. The pleated structure of the wing creates special light reflections. Light makes our world more colorful Without sufficient sunlight, we would live in a desolate world. Not only that our existence would be threatened massively due to lack of photosynthesis - the colors, that exhilarate us and are responsible for a great deal of happiness, would be missing as well. There is no new knowledge that the consideration of certain colors in our brain triggers certain reactions. Both chemical processes as well as empirical values that have shaped us in this regard in the course of evolution, play a role. Our body subconsciously controls us, and we cannot influence our responses, which, for example, a room completely painted in red, are evoked in us. Red is an aggressive color, a signal, which makes us vigilant. All your senses are immediately put on alert. Green, however, has a calming effect and allows us usually to relax and calm down. But does this mean that we should not use red color accents, because they might make us aggressive? What color is the correct one, after all? How do I combine colors? What is particularly striking and what reassures me? Don't worry your brain makes these decisions completely by itself. Individual processes take place in your brain, which can only roughly be generalized. A red night stand lamp doesn't create a bad mood or even makes you aggressive, it is just much more intense than, for example, a gray one. And how much intensity a single person strives for and ultimately also tolerates, is still a matter of taste. What might appear very striking for one, means perfect harmony to another. When it comes to decorating your own rooms, there are simply no limits. And for this playground the industry offers us a huge selection of colors, which we can combine according to our own taste. We just need to trust ourselves!
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