The Ohio State University
Heeter, Sarah Ann.
Responses to warm versus cool landscape colors.
Degree: Master of Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architecture, 2005, The Ohio State University
Landscape architects may try to create spaces that
look interesting and inviting to users. They do this by shaping the
many visual aspects of the materials that make up the space. Color
represents a significant visual element in the landscape. It may
convey emotion, affect perception of size and temperature, whether
the site is inviting, or harsh and repelling. This thesis
investigated human response to color of plant materials in the
landscape. Specifically, the research examined preference for,
emotional appraisals of, and activities associated with warm colors
versus cool colors. A pilot study tested whether pairs of landscape
scenes differed in tone. The study confirmed that the images did
vary as desired. Those images were then used in a second study that
had 101 people evaluate the pairs in color tone for preference,
conveyed emotion, and functions of the scene. As hypothesized, warm
colors were preferred, but only in two of the three landscape
types. Warmer scenes were also deemed more active. Examined by
scene context, warm materials were preferred most in urban scenes
where as cooler colors were preferred (only slightly more) in the
rural scenes. A third ‘on site’ study was conducted to obtain
on-site rating. The study asked people to answer a set of
appraisals based on two garden scenes. It also found that people
responded more favorably to a warm colored landscape than to a cool
one. The findings of this study have the potential to become a
valuable tool in the landscape architects arsenal. Knowing how
color affects the responses and behaviors in landscapes can help
create settings that better accommodate the intended users and
enhance their experience.
Advisors/Committee Members: Nasar, Jack (Advisor).
Subjects/Keywords: Landscape Architecture; Cool Scenes; warm scenes; Color; Landscape
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APA (6th Edition):
Heeter, S. A. (2005). Responses to warm versus cool landscape colors. (Masters Thesis). The Ohio State University. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu1127403870
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Heeter, Sarah Ann. “Responses to warm versus cool landscape colors.” 2005. Masters Thesis, The Ohio State University. Accessed January 26, 2020.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Heeter, Sarah Ann. “Responses to warm versus cool landscape colors.” 2005. Web. 26 Jan 2020.
Heeter SA. Responses to warm versus cool landscape colors. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. The Ohio State University; 2005. [cited 2020 Jan 26].
Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu1127403870.
Council of Science Editors:
Heeter SA. Responses to warm versus cool landscape colors. [Masters Thesis]. The Ohio State University; 2005. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu1127403870