Color Palette
Color Select System
Historic Color Palette




Basic principles of color
How we see color
Primary, secondary and tertiary colors
Basic Terminology; Tints and shades, value and hue, neutral grays

Understanding a few simple color principles can result in successful color combinations for any project. Useful for interior design projects, decorative painting techniques, fine art painting, graphic design or illustration techniques, understanding color combinations can be easy and fun.

Basic color terms


Hue Undiluted colors. The true colors of the spectrum.

Color Any color.

Saturation Brightness of a color.

Value Lightness and darkness of a color.

Brilliance Lightness of a color.

Tint A color with the presence of white. Lighter shade of a color.  Pink is a tint of red.

Shade A color with the presence of black. Darker shade of a color. Navy is a shade of blue.

Creating Tints and Shades


Adding white to a color is
known as a tint.

Adding black is referred to
as a shade.


Creating calm with harmonious neutrals

Blending complementary colors to create harmonious, neutral tones.

Mixed together complementary colors make gray or black. Each color has only one complement. All 3 primaries are always present in each complementary pair.

blending of complementary colors - blue+orange

blending of complementary colors - red + green

blending of complementary colors - yellow + purple


About Color 
How we see color
3 Step colorScheme System

Create your own paints and glazes with the
Advanced color principles 
Historic color palettes

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