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COLOR THEORY FOR INTERIOR DESIGNERS Deborah Ogden
The Brewster Color Wheel
A detailed view of a Brewster-Type Color Wheel
Primary, secondary, and tertiary colors in their places on the color wheel
Primary, secondary and tertiary colors as groups
A ring from the color wheel near   the white or   “tint” end of the spectrum:  low intensity, light value
Medium light value, with low intensity
Medium value colors, with medium intensity
Dark value colors, with medium intensity
The Munsell Color System <ul><li>Plain white and plain black at the two ends of the center axis </li></ul><ul><li>Grays ra...
The dimensions of color, as shown on the Munsell Color System <ul><li>COLOR HAS THREE DIMENSIONS: </li></ul><ul><li>VALUE ...
The dimensions of color, as shown on the Munsell Color System <ul><li>“ VALUE” </li></ul><ul><li>Plain white at one extrem...
The dimensions of color, as shown on the Munsell Color System <ul><li>VALUE:  </li></ul><ul><li>“ TINTS AND SHADES” </li><...
The dimensions of color, as shown on the Munsell Color System <ul><li>“ HUE” </li></ul><ul><li>The names commonly used for...
The dimensions of color, as shown on the Munsell Color System <ul><li>“ CHROMA” </li></ul><ul><li>The strongest chroma of ...
Munsell Color System <ul><li>VOCABULARY: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VALUE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HUE  </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
How to mix shades and tints
SOME COLOR SCHEMES
Three colors close to each other on the color wheel—analogous colors
Two more analogous schemes <ul><li>The top color wheel has an analogous color scheme that does not cross a primary (blue h...
A tetrad color scheme uses three equally-spaced colors <ul><li>In this illustration, the three colors are red, yellow and ...
Here is another tetrad color scheme <ul><li>This illustrates a blue-violet, orange, and yellow-green color scheme </li></ul>
As designers, we love to have all the colors in the paint box!
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  1. 1. COLOR THEORY FOR INTERIOR DESIGNERS Deborah Ogden
  2. 2. The Brewster Color Wheel
  3. 3. A detailed view of a Brewster-Type Color Wheel
  4. 4. Primary, secondary, and tertiary colors in their places on the color wheel
  5. 5. Primary, secondary and tertiary colors as groups
  6. 6. A ring from the color wheel near the white or “tint” end of the spectrum: low intensity, light value
  7. 7. Medium light value, with low intensity
  8. 8. Medium value colors, with medium intensity
  9. 9. Dark value colors, with medium intensity
  10. 10. The Munsell Color System <ul><li>Plain white and plain black at the two ends of the center axis </li></ul><ul><li>Grays range from light to dark along the center axis </li></ul><ul><li>Neutral tones, with less chroma, near the center of each spoke of the wheel </li></ul><ul><li>Strongest “chroma” of each hue, found toward the outer edge of the ring </li></ul>
  11. 11. The dimensions of color, as shown on the Munsell Color System <ul><li>COLOR HAS THREE DIMENSIONS: </li></ul><ul><li>VALUE </li></ul><ul><li>HUE </li></ul><ul><li>CHROMA </li></ul>
  12. 12. The dimensions of color, as shown on the Munsell Color System <ul><li>“ VALUE” </li></ul><ul><li>Plain white at one extreme pole, with the palest form of each hue at the end near white </li></ul><ul><li>Pure black at the other extreme, with darkest shades of each hue near black </li></ul><ul><li>Between the poles are shades and tints of gray values </li></ul>
  13. 13. The dimensions of color, as shown on the Munsell Color System <ul><li>VALUE: </li></ul><ul><li>“ TINTS AND SHADES” </li></ul><ul><li>Near the white pole are the lightest “tints” of each hue--these are like pastel colors </li></ul><ul><li>The deepest version of each hue is near the black pole, known as the “shades” of the hue </li></ul>
  14. 14. The dimensions of color, as shown on the Munsell Color System <ul><li>“ HUE” </li></ul><ul><li>The names commonly used for a color (such as red or blue) are referred to as the “hue” in a technical color system </li></ul><ul><li>“ RED” is the name of the hue at the left </li></ul>
  15. 15. The dimensions of color, as shown on the Munsell Color System <ul><li>“ CHROMA” </li></ul><ul><li>The strongest chroma of each hue is found at the outer ring of the system. These are the brightest colors. </li></ul><ul><li>The most dull, or neutral color is at the center of the system, for that hue. These grayed tones have less chroma, and are called the “tones” of that hue. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Munsell Color System <ul><li>VOCABULARY: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VALUE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HUE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CHROMA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TINTS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SHADES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TONES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NEUTRALS </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. How to mix shades and tints
  18. 18. SOME COLOR SCHEMES
  19. 19. Three colors close to each other on the color wheel—analogous colors
  20. 20. Two more analogous schemes <ul><li>The top color wheel has an analogous color scheme that does not cross a primary (blue here) </li></ul><ul><li>The second analogous scheme has a color from two sides of the primary color (yellow in this case) </li></ul>
  21. 21. A tetrad color scheme uses three equally-spaced colors <ul><li>In this illustration, the three colors are red, yellow and blue </li></ul>
  22. 22. Here is another tetrad color scheme <ul><li>This illustrates a blue-violet, orange, and yellow-green color scheme </li></ul>
  23. 23. As designers, we love to have all the colors in the paint box!
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