02
Feb
10

More Definitions

The information contained is this post was gleaned from http://www.bhg.com/decorating/color/basics/color-theory/?page=3 with assistance from http://www.ncsu.edu/scivis/lessons/colormodels/color_models2.html#secondary

There are three more important definition that were not addressed in our definitions of last week.

saturation or intensity | the brightness or dullness of a hue.  The intensity of a color changes based on the interjection of the hue’s complement transforming a pure hue to a low-intensity, calm hue or high-intensity, energetic hue.  Intensities should be equal or nearly equal.  Pairing hues of varying intensities lends to an unbalanced atmosphere.

value | referring to the lightness or darkness of a color.  Deep plum is  a darker value of violet than lilac.  Light-medium values work well together, however, an accent of a dark value is useful to keep the room from dullness.

You may have read the definitions initially and thought, like I myself did, “They mean exactly the same thing.”  Not quite.  The image below is most helpful in fully grasping these three concepts.

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