Culture has a significant influence on color choices. People around the world relate to colors in a manner that has ethnic connections and symbolic connotations. Red, for example, is considered a regal and prosperous color in China. The same red has religious and auspicious connotations in India while Russia considers red as the stoic color of communism.
One way of understanding color choices amongst different cultures is to consider world architecture across the last few hundred years. We collected pictures of temples, mosques, historical buildings, modern structures and mapped them by color palettes. What we discovered was that, color connects all of us in far more ways that one would imagine. There is a certain commonality in combining color palettes across cultures. This goes to show that humans respond and interact to colors in a similar manner, though cultural connotations may differ.
Here are 9 color palettes drawn from architecture that show how similar color choices around the world can be: