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Why is a proper combination of Light, Color, and Texture Important in Evidence-Based Design for Pet-Friendly Interiors?

This concludes the latest three articles from the Evidence-Based Design for Pet-Friendly Interiors Series. If you haven’t read them, please click on the following links:

Amazing Psychological Effects of Color in Pet-Friendly Interiors
Amazing Psychological Effects of Lighting in Pet-Friendly Interiors
Amazing Psychological Effects of Textures in Pet-Friendly Interiors

Having said that, let’s dive right in. Understanding the psychological effects of light, color and texture should be studied separately but put into practice as a whole.

As reviewed in the last three articles, there are many reasons why a combination of light, color, and texture is essential in evidence-based design for pet-friendly interiors. Additionally, the right mix of these elements can create a calming and relaxing environment for both pets and their owners.

A well-designed interior space considers all three of these critical design elements. Each can create specific psychological effects that can influence a person’s behavior and emotions.

To recap, lighting can create a certain ambiance in a space, and it can be bright and cheerful or dim and relaxing. The right mix of light and darkness can also create a feeling of safety or unease.

Color is another crucial element in interior design. Different colors can evoke different emotions, such as happiness, sadness, anger, or fear. Color can also create a sense of spaciousness or coziness in a room.

Texture is the final element that can influence a person’s emotions and behavior. Smooth textures tend to be calming, while rough textures can be energizing. The right combination of light, color, and texture can create an inviting and comfortable space that encourages positive interactions.

Effects of Light, Shadows, and Textures

Light produces shadows in textures, which will result in how the deepness and the physical qualities of an object are perceived by humans and dogs. This is quite important in dogs, considering they see fewer colors than humans, so light and shadows are essential in their way-finding.

Therefore, the primary source of light that should be considered, according to what was reviewed in this research, is sunlight.

Hence, in any design, window placement should be carefully designed, considering the sun’s orientation, where the sunlight will be directed, and which objects will be lit and produce shadows.

Furthermore, windows should be flexible. This can be accomplished by using elements such as louvers or curtains to take advantage of the possibility of enhancing how pleasant space is perceived by using different transparencies or materials.

Amazing Psychological Effects of Light, Color, and Texture Combined
Amazing Psychological Effects of Light, Color, and Texture Combined

Effects of Light and Color Reflection

Designers should also keep in mind that light will affect how we perceive color since color is the reflection of a wavelength from the visual spectrum.

Furthermore, this will also help improve the feeling of warmth if that’s what is needed. The same treatment goes for artificial light sources since light color, intensity, and distribution can significantly impact the end-user.

The single element that has one of the most considerable occurrences in any built environment is color. Every aspect of architectural design, including walls, floors, ceilings, doors, and furniture, has color.

Therefore, it can trigger positive or negative responses. Designers should carefully study how people react to different hues and combinations. This applies as well to textures since the three previously mentioned elements are intertwined.


Therefore, creating a carefully thought out and studied combination of these elements will enhance how the end-users perceive the space and their well-being.

Using a proper combination of these design elements can significantly enhance the user experience in any given space.

Considering that the user’s line of sight reaches every corner of the space, they are constantly bombarded by light, textures, and colors. Therefore, it is essential to review the possible effects of each combination one proposes in interior design for pet-friendly environments. 

This article is a part of a series called Evidence-Based Design Principles for Great Pet-Friendly Interiors. Click this link if you want to learn more. 

Amazing Psychological Effects of Light, Color, and Texture Combined

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M.Arch. Julio Arco
M.Arch. Julio Arco

Bachelor of Architecture - ITESM University
Master of Architecture - McGill University
Architecture in Urban Context Certificate - LDM University
Interior Designer - Havenly
Architecture Professor - ITESM University

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