Color Theory for Interior Design: Munsell’s Color Notation – What are Hue, Value, and Chroma?

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Munsell Color System

Albert H. Munsell (1858–1918) was an artist and a professor who recognized the need for a clear consistent method of communicating color.  A group of people look at the same shade of blue, one might call it sapphire, another deep blue, the third person might say navy, etc.  Instead of names for color Munsell developed his Color Notation system in 1905. The Atlas of the Munsell Color Order System was published in 1915 and is still used today.

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The Color Wheel: Important Tool for Interior Design

In 1660, Sir Isaac Newtown directed a beam of light through a prism which created a rainbow effect – the light was split into a spectrum of colors which was linear with red tones at one end and violets at the other. By joining the two ends of the spectrum Newton formed the idea of the color wheel.

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The Color Wheel and Types of Color Harmonies

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Understanding Color Temperature for Interior Design

Color is the keystone to successful interior design.  A quality space is attractive, functional and comforting. Color has emotional and physiological effects which play a part in how productive and comfortable we are within our interior environments.

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Warm and Cool Color Palettes

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