Wood colours in contemporary architecture: a comparison in three European countries

Anna Kmita*, Saara Pyykkö, Francesca Valan

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference article in proceedingsScientificpeer-review


Wood is an incredibly universal and eco-friendly material. Currently, many
initiatives in Europe aim at directing attention to the universality of wooden and
wood-based products, to foster a more sustainable future and promote the
development of healthy living spaces and new objects built of wood. European
countries have set different targets to increase the use of wood in architecture.
However, in this context there is little discussion about colour. The “natural colour of wood” may indicate different colours in different countries, which can have different local wood specifies, different traditions to use wood, and different ways to protect it with paint or other ways. This research refers to the colour scheme and characteristics of wood in three countries: Italy, Poland, and Finland. The authors studied how the selected types of wood commonly used in these three countries are applied in architecture. Is there a colour “specifics” of wood – different for three countries in Europe? Can we speak of a typical colour palette of products made of wood in the context of these countries? What is the main challenge with the colour and the wood in the national and international perspective?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Colour Association (AIC) Conference 2022
Place of PublicationToronto, Canada
PublisherInternational Colour Association (AIC)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-6484724-4-5
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Colour Association Midterm Meeting
- Online, Toronto, Canada
Duration: 13 Jun 202216 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Colour Association (AIC) conference
PublisherInternational Colour Association (AIC)
ISSN (Print)2617-2410
ISSN (Electronic)2617-2429


ConferenceInternational Colour Association Midterm Meeting
Abbreviated titleAIC
Internet address


Dive into the research topics of 'Wood colours in contemporary architecture: a comparison in three European countries'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this