Architecture and urban environments

Our Colour Philosophy

Koi Colour Studio has the following objectives for all of our projects:


  1. Chaos vs. monotony: To create harmonious variation that feels neither chaotic nor monotonous.
  2. Order and variety: The result should not feel cluttered, but varied and comfortable.
  3. Organised complexity: The colour schemes should have complexity and sophistication but at the same time express calm.
  4. Uniqueness: The particular identity of an area must be reinforced and built upon, or if it is lacking in identity then a new one should be developed.


Our colour studio has solid experience working with architectural styles from different eras, with most of the palettes and plans we prepare being for areas featuring architecture from the start of the 1700s right up to today.


What kind of projects do we do?


Colour schemes and palettes for urban projects

When taking a particular area, a colour planning assignment, and a colour and material plan is prepared. It could be a street section, a district, a housing estate or any other defined area. The purpose is to work with the area’s identity and uniqueness while ensuring the buildings stand well together. These plans include material and colour references.


Client type: Usually a municipality or developer / builder


Colour schemes and colour palettes for new developments


We also take on bigger development projects that feature a larger number of facades which all need to stand well together. For these projects we usually work closely with an architect. In some cases the architect has developed a colour concept, whereby colour consultants come in and assist with the detailing and selection of specific shades and materials. In other projects the colour consultants have to develop a colour concept from scratch. It is especially helpful during these projects when the architect plays an active part in the concept development.


Client: Usually a developer / builder


Colour palettes for single buildings

A detailed colour palette for a single building facade. More often than not, common areas such as lobbies and corridors are included in the project.

New constructions

The colour palette for these includes materials and painted surfaces, along with product references. The architect often collaborates closely in the process.

Existing buildings

Colour palette with product references for painted surfaces or other surfaces / materials which need to be replaced in the renovation process.

Client: Developer / client, architect, co-owner, private individual

Colour schemes for shared residential buildings

In these plans, a detailed colour scheme is drawn up for an existing residential area with colour and product references – often when the building has reached a maintenance stage. This process can sometimes be a challenge as there may be strong opinions and disagreements about colour choices.

Client: The committee of the shared ownership building / housing cooperative, or the responsible architect

Why use a professional for colour planning?

Modern architects do not normally study colour as part of their education and training, so it’s natural to seek help in this area. The Scandinavian blue light is demanding to choose colours for, as the levels change a great deal depending on the seasons and weather conditions. We have experienced great cooperation with architects working together to this end.

Targeted colour use can help create more harmonious urban spaces, not just by binding together architecture from different eras, but perhaps most importantly by creating a wholesome, generally nicer and more friendly atmosphere overall. In addition, targeted colour use can help highlight a building’s architectural qualities and enhance its personality and distinctiveness.