… and sees. Still, not every client or home owner has a keen eye for color. There are warm grays and there are cool grays. They are very different and they don’t, necessarily, go well together. Even if they are all grays. Set Designers study this, Lighting designers leaner, know and internalize the impact of color light on the colors of walls, furniture and clothes. We can now pre-visualize this interaction using Vectorworks Spotlight and Renderworks. Learning Josef Albers‘ The Interaction of Color is a good place to begin.
That’s some heavy study for the average homeowner just to select a neutral color for the family room. Pity there has been minimal art training in the schools for years if not decades and little practical application of art or music classes for even longer. If we’re every going to have an American Renaissance, art and music classes are two places to begin. We need a broader survey of all of the arts and humanities in our general education.
But, I digress. Back to the average homeowner. We never see a need to re-invent the wheel, Home Design Find has this post where they specifically discuss the issues of selecting color and understanding. The use of the word undertone is, perhaps, too unspecific for a professional, but it certainly simplifies and makes clear the concept of selecting colors that will compliment one another.