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Different colors can bring about many different feelings in people. Many people associate colors with moods and feelings in their lives. Fortunately, many of these associations are common, and can be drawn upon by the lighting designer to set a mood for a scene. Much of the effect is subliminal, and somewhat subjective, but it is still an effective technique. Table 5.22 lists several common color associations. This makes a good starting point for determining what colors to use in a lighting design, based upon the tones of the piece being performed.

Figure 5.22: Table of common colors and common associations. It should be noted that many of these have a bias towards Western culture.
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black & depressing, so...
green & peaceful, alive, growing, hopeful \\

Steve Richardson 2000-07-06

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