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How We See Color Part 3

How We See Color

In our last lesson we learned about looking at an interior with a designer’s eye, I hope you now have your notebook and scrap book underway. In today’s lesson we will learn about how we see color.

Color is a lot more complicated than you probably imagined. To learn about how we see color we need to learn about light and how it is composed. Go and read about  Newton’s Experiments with light and the visible spectrum now to get your started.

Firstly artificial lighting changes the appearance of color. A halogen light is the closest to daylight and provides the best real view of color and a cool color fluorescent light will make the color appear washed out. So when choosing colors always make sure where possible that you can view them ïnsitu or where they will be in the finished scheme.

To understand this further watch this video Newton’s Experiments with light and the visible spectrum.

The major discovery from this was that the color of everything in Nature depends on the type of light it sends to the eye. This also depends on the individual colors of the light that the surface of the object reflects, absorbs or transmits and the nature of the light falling on the object.

Now that you have read that article and understand how we see color we can talk about what interferes with that.

Firstly artificial lighting changes the appearance of color.  A halogen light is the closest to daylight and provides the best real view of color and a cool color fluorescent light will make the color appear washed out. So when choosing colors always make sure where possible that you can view them ïnsitu or where they will be in the finished scheme.

To understand this further watch this video

Secondly Juxtaposition. This is a big word which basically means putting things side by side. If a color is placed next to another it can either enhance the intensity of the color or reduce it. To have a look at how this works, go and visit Juxtaposition of colors. This is useful knowledge to have because it means we can start playing around with fun and bold colors but subdue them slightly by adding another color with them or make them look even better by combing two bold colors together to make them look more intense.

Now you have just finished reading part three. If you still have time, go and read your related articles, if not come back again and read them in your spare time. In three days time you will receive your next lesson the color wheel, so don’t forget to add this email address to your white list, and if you don’t receive it in three days time, then look in your spam email box, and if you just can’t wait for three days the you can find part four here online.

Bye for now

regards

Lee Brown

Color Ecourse Coordinator

www.color.interiordezine.com

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