Jun 10

Color in Design

The subject of Color is a complex one.  It covers several
scientific approaches. One difficulty of getting a better
understanding of color is the different perspectives these
disciplines take to approach their object of research. You
can research and find information about colors but the
different interpretations can confuse one instead of
educating them, The following is a list of disciplines which
cover color theory to prevent some possible confusion

1. The ability of one’s eye to absorb light. Some
diseases may diminish this.  Others are born lacking this
ability (color blind).

2. The ability of the brain to process these incitements.

3. The ability of the brain to distinguish color hues and
shades (example is a person who sees purple and sees it
as gray).


1. Combination of values and hues (mixture of hues and
intensity for the desired value).

2. Formula developed for producing a color in a
particular medium.

3. Presentation of color, including associated
complimentary colors (example is the choice of frame and
mat for art).

Color Science

1. Developing colors through formulas.  All colors have
formulas, whether paint, ink, blend of yarns, or
presentation through lighting.

Color Psychology

1. The emotions generated by colors.

2. The ability to control through the use of color.

3. The ability to create a mood with the use of color.

4. The way color follows the economy.


1. Techniques used for presentation with color.

2. Skills associated with different mediums (example
watercolor, acrylic, fashion designer, interior designer) to
use the hues and lighting to get the effect they envision.

There will be new articles added to explain and
guide you with color in your life.  You are welcomed
to send questions and contribute to the site.

Thank you

Sandy Adling, Registered Interior Designer

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