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Why colour is crucial for plane interiors

When you're going to lock a bunch of strangers in a flying tin can, the colour of the tin can matters.

A plane’s interior has to at least look comfortable (even if it's not); it also has to look cleaner than it is and mask the many inevitable stains when we mix turbulence and eating. So what’s the ideal colour palette for the cabin of a plane?



According to Boeing, plane designers consider how passengers will react to colour, pattern, shapes and lighting.


The goal is to make a plane more residential in feeling. And colour plays a big part in that.


“Colours also can influence a person’s perception of humidity, temperature and aroma,” said Virginia Tripp, a designer at Teague, an industrial design firm that worked with Boeing. Colours like blue and green, for instance, represent cleanliness and freshness.


Blue is also a calming colour and represents competence, dependability and strength — all attributes you’ll want your aircraft to have.


Also among different cultures, blue and green are almost unanimously associated with peace, according to Boeing.


Given all the inflight conflicts we hear about these days, maybe planes should take on an all blue palette.


Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 7 August 2017

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