I always say us engineering gals have been busy for the last few weeks but this time Project VENTURA has consumed us (in a good way-ish). Although the journey has been fun, it’s also been very stressful. Meredith and I have been hard at work finishing the physical scale model while Ally has also hard at work finishing the energy load and requirements. Yesterday the POE students had a “holiday party” except it was really just us working on our final projects until 10 p.m. On the bright side there was a tea station, pizza, cookies, chips ‘n salsa, and music. The environment of the engineering portable gives off an energetic vibe which helps us pull through. My team is almost done with the entire project, our model just needs windows and then we’re finished! I can’t believe the first semester is almost over. We’ve come a long way in Project VENTURA and will have an excellent place to dive into after the break.
Since our layout of the Airstream is set in stone the next step of the project will involve a more eye-appealing aspect. The model had to be in neutral colors so the clients would focus solely on the floorplan rather than the colors patterns of the furniture and appliances. I did some research on how color can affect people’s mood, that way my group can have an understanding of what color scheme would best suit the commons area. On the website, Freshome, I found an article pertaining to colors influencing mood. It emphasizes the importance of picking out room colors since they have a huge effect on the vibe the room gives off. Furniture tends to come in a more limited color range so it is best to select the furniture you want to use then the paint. To prevent the area from looking too busy, try to narrow the amount of colors to 3 or 4 at most. Active, passive, and neutral are the three basic ways that colors behave. To make a room seem larger and more spacious, use light colors which are expansive and airy. On the other hand, dark colors are sophisticated and warm leading a more intimate appearance.
Freshome goes in depth about red, yellow, green, blue, neutrals (brown, white, gray, black), purple, orange, and crimson in rooms. However I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts that my team would like to use a navy blue and white color scheme. The website describes blue as calming, serene, and relaxing since it is said to slow down heart rate and respiration. It recommends using it in bathrooms and bedrooms. Also apparently darker blues can evoke feelings of sadness which is not something we would like to do so maybe we should stick to light blues. Or we could use a little navy blue and have a creamy white or another neutral color as the primary one. Some experts say that a splash of black is always a good idea since it grounds the color scheme. One of the problems is that my team wants the Airstream to be both a relaxing place but also a productive place where meetings can occur. Last but not least it is important that the color of ceiling is lighter than the walls, white might be our best option. Happy holidays!