The initial visual impression I had was that the Bagel Factory looked kind of bleak and unfinished. The colors are mostly neutrals, with the exception of pops of color that are found throughout the building, and there are multiple unfinished-looking walls and pillars that are either brick or concrete. The first words that come to mind as I look around are “unfinished” and “green.” The building has a particularly old look to it that also seems deliberate. Additionally, the word “green” came to mind because the only color used for decoration is green.
Physiological and Psychological Responses
I responded to it physiologically by moving my eyes from one brightly colored spot to the next, since I didn’t want to linger too long on the muted neutral colors; for instance, my eyes went from the multicolored array of drinks to the colorful posters to the green pillars to the bright stack of bagel baskets. I responded to it psychologically by thinking that the combination of neutral and bright colors is actually very calming; there’s nothing visually intense that catches and keeps my attention, nor is there a spot with lots of visual stimulation that can overwhelm me. instead, there’s just sporadically dispersed bright spots of color that allow me to take in all the colors and wander from one object to the next without trying to look at too many things at once.
End of the Experience
By the end of the experience, I noticed that part of the wall on the second story is also painted the same green as the pillars. I don’t think I noticed that initially because I didn’t think to look up at first and only looked at the second floor after noticing the stairs on the side of the building. Furthermore, I think I noticed the green walls because I was paying particular attention to the brightly colored objects inside the Bagel Factory; jumping from one colorful object to another eventually landed me on the green wall on the second floor that can partially be seen from my seat on the first floor.