December 18, 2016

Gillian Rose and the Science of Color: A New Year, A New Color, a New You!

Gillian Rose, a New York-based interior designer and color scientist, has taken her company The Science of Color to a new level by expanding her services.

by New York Spaces

About Gillian Rose and The Science of Color

Gillian Rose
Gillian Rose.

Throughout mankind's existence, color has always been a vital part of human existence, creating harmony in our world and impacting health, wellness and every day living. Today, Gillian Rose, a New York-based interior designer and color scientist has taken her company The Science of Color to a new level by expanding her services. Gillian is also a member of the Color Marketing Group, the ultimate consortium of color designers and experts from around the world. As a new year approaches, Rose emphasises the importance of selecting the right colors for your life and environment- and more importantly knowing what colors are best for you.

"As a color scientist, influences affecting color are a part of who I am," says Rose. "Social and political issues, our environment, the economy and cultural diversity, all contribute to the sociology of color choices and inform us of our goals."

Rose, a seasoned interior designer with clients across the globe ranging from a bank in Singapore, Weill Cornell Medicine, museums, office spaces and private residences in the U.S. incorporates the Color of Science into her work by offering in-depth color consultations which stress the fundamentals of color science for built environments. Questions such as "What is Color from a psychological understanding?" to "How do we recognize and under-stimulated room?" are all part of Rose's in-depth analysis in her consultation. Rose also administers a simple color test to better understand her clients personalities.

"Imagine having a color palette designed for you, says Rose. "One that reflects who you are, how you want to feel, one that supports your health & sanity - wouldn't you want that? That's what we do. We are as individual as each color."

Approaching the New Year, the Color of Science provides an essential and proven tool for creating healthier and happier of environments. For individuals or businesses looking to re-create themselves, the Science of Color provides an easy, fun and affordable way to bring about the "new you."

Q&A with Gillian Rose

NYS: How did you first become attracted to color science and what made you start The Science of

Gillian Rose


Gillian Rose: It was after 9/11, no one was thinking about nesting. I like many were thrust into survival mode. My first thoughts were what do I have to give our city, that would be both healing and I could support myself? Color! My color intuition has carried me far. I have found that the greatest challenge most people feel is that they are intimidated by color.

NYS: As an interior designer, how important is color in a home or commercial design?

Gillian Rose: Eighty percent of our visual perception comes from color. It is the single most critical factor after safety and lighting. The most important functions of color in environments are: Influence: How we feel. Communication: What are the signals? Information: What is the space telling us?

NYS: With the New Year starting, what is one way individuals can improve their lives with The Science of Color? How does a consultancy with you work?

Gillian Rose
Gillian Rose.

Gillian Rose: They can begin the New Year by having their homes reflect not only their personality but how they want to live. Our Color Consultancy is fun and completely about you. By design, you get to truly explore the colors that you are drawn to. Our method is always on site, as the quality of light and the color of the floors are imperative to our process. We discuss your desires and the elements that are not working for you in your current state. Then you take our Color Identity Quiz which is comprised of 12 adjectives and somewhat of their opposites. This is key in establishing how you want to feel or what responses you wish to evoke in your own environment. My experience with creating 'safe zones' allow couples to share their uncensored thoughts on color. It's quite an intimate and growth full experience. This is were the magic happens. From there we have our palette of 48 colors laid out in 3" x 5" actual painted color cards, we asked that you pull up any cards you are drawn to. Doesn't matter if you don't think its a good wall color. Whatever motivates you enough to pick up the cards—actually, it's the vibration of the colors that you are drawn too. And it is your instinct that makes you respond, at this point it is not a cognitive action. At this point there are typically 6-10 cards selected. When then go the next step and tape up all of these color in 11" x 17" sheets. Then you can really see and feel the colors you originally selected. From there we discuss them and begin to eliminate the ones that no longer feel right. Once we have our palette, we take the smaller versions of the paint and walk around the home. Taking into account how they said they wanted to feel, we begin to establish which colors would work best in each space. Once we have their chosen palette, we leave and finish up at our office. We take their colors and continue where they left off, by creating the supporting colors. Typically, when people find a color they like, they think that they are done. What most people not don't understand is that the trim color and ceiling colors are critical in creating balanced spaces. Would you carefully select a tie, and then give no thought to the suit, shirt & shoes? It's the same for interiors. From here we show all three colors or in some cases more, all together in the room that will be painted this way. Final step, we create a detailed paint schedule for the painter. Happiness ensues...

Gillian Rose
Gillian Rose

NYS: What's one of the most important parts about color science?

Gillian Rose: As a Color Scientist our main objective is to create environments scientifically tailored to your growth and development. While color trends have their place in our lives, they do not typically relate to the focus of the space or the emotional needs of the clients.

NYS: How do people pair with colors?

Gillian Rose: Introverts and Extroverts have opposite color needs. In scientific terms, this does not always include personalty traits, but it can. What we are speaking of is in terms that express the differences in the amounts of stimulation passing through our cerebral cortex. Extroverts have very little internal stimulation, they rely on the external world for their stimulation. They are drawn to bolder colors, higher contrast and patterns. Introverts have plenty of internal stimulation, they require softer colors, less contrast very little pattern in order to feel calm. Given that often opposites attract, this is the most significant reason why couples can't agree on paint colors. It's not about will, it's about chemical make-up.

NYS: How often do designers use The Science of Color?

Gillian Rose
Gillian Rose.

Gillian Rose: It's beginning to change, but more often than not, we are brought on by the client. As interior designers, we are not taught about the Color Sciences at all. We are taught about the physics or color not the physiology or color. Even in my own interior design practice, if I sense that a client is not interested in learning about the color sciences, I incorporate it in anyway. The result are always favorable, and the first comments are about how much the places reflect them.

NYS: What is your favorite color and why?

Gillian Rose: My favorite color is Emerald Green. I had a tumultuous childhood, and Emerald green would always bring me peace. The say that green is always calming This is not actually true. It can be, if it is a natural color in nature. But the truth is that the greens in nature are the only colors that our iris's do not have to dilate to see.

NYS: What is the future of color science? Is it growing? Do you find that more people are aware of its importance?

Gillian Rose: Last year the number one word Googled was 'Science'.... In past years, as soon as I would even stay the words Color Science, peoples eyes would glaze over and they would shut down and go off to anther land....Now, people are finding it fascinating, and it is. I feel that sociologically we as a society are ready hear that there is more to color than lipstick. As our world becomes more and more chaotic, we are all searching more and more for ways to heal, grow and develop. You've come to the right's Color.

Gillian Rose
Gillian Rose.

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