A device for controlling ambient lighting of a vehicle includes a light element in a vehicle interior, a touch-sensitive display unit, and a control unit. The light element emits light in one of a plurality of colors that can be generated by the light element. The display unit displays a plurality of colors of a predefined color spectrum simultaneously in a color scale, and detects a location of a user input made by touching the display unit. Via the detected location, the user input is assigned to an associated color displayed in the color scale and information about the color assigned to the user input is transmitted to the control unit, which controls the light element for emitting light in the color assigned to the user input. The light element and display unit have the same color space, such that the color associated with the user input, displayed on the display unit are the same.