Vol. 17 No. 2 (2020): Multilayered

Cultural color codes in interior

Demet Arslan Dinçay
Department of Interior Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Published 2020-07-28


  • Color in interior,
  • Color codes,
  • Color semiotics,
  • Workshop.

How to Cite

Arslan Dinçay, D. (2020). Cultural color codes in interior. A|Z ITU JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, 17(2), 63–72. https://doi.org/10.5505/itujfa.2020.72621


Most of the literature referring to ‘color in space', try to define the subject with the basic theory of color and a graphical point of view. It's also necessary to understand the perceptional and semiotic corresponds of color in a space atmosphere. The characteristic of a space is experienced by the user as an atmosphere that surrounds and encloses him. Color is one of the most effective design tools to create an atmosphere in design since its direct relations with sensations. Moreover, color includes some clues that may define universal, cultural and personal expressive meanings within. Designers and architects use color codes as a tool for corresponding a theme or a message to the user. At this point, it's imperative that the color-codes (the meaning) match the space in user's mind. This paper explores the cultural color codes in interior design via two workshops with interior design students which were conducted in two different countries.