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Minoan culture was on its own island which may play a part in why they did not seem to be in conflict as much. It could be possible that they were able to seem more carefree and peaceful because they were more isolated than the Mycenaens. This is shown in the Bull Leaping Fresco when it seems like an almost playful pastime.
Unlike Minoan centers, the Mycenaeans built on hilltops that were easily defended. They used the natural landscape to enhance their fortifications. This also allowed Myceneans to view enemies from a distance. Take for example the Lion Gate, this was the primary entrance to the citadel and it was constructed in a way that made those approaching the gate isolated and venerable.
Tamara I like your point about the use of bright colors and frescos in the Minoan cultures it was a great way to show the vast difference in the cultures.