Visual customization: Diversity in color preferences in the automotive interior and implications for interior design

Alexa-Sibylla Wagner, Umit Kilincsoy, Peter Vink

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Abstract

Evolving multimodal mobility needs influences established human–product relationships and requires a deeper insight into color preferences for car interiors. Hence, a study was conducted in which 204 members of a web contest created 1,265 designs. After a peer-evaluation process, 53 most-appreciated and 34 least-preferred interior color compositions were identified and compared to identify patterns in color choices. Besides, visual lightweight design by layering of large interior components such as the seat, a modest use of color and patterns accompanied by repetition and the framing of the entire interior to create a feeling of spaciousness were found. Additionally, differences in the type of color between most and least favored color designs were found. Brown and beige occur more frequently among the top- than the worst-rated designs. Larger surfaces are favored in lighter hues and smaller components in darker hues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-488
Number of pages18
JournalColor Research and Application
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • color harmony
  • color preferences
  • interior car design
  • materialistic appearance
  • visual perception

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