History and Culture of Colour

The history of colour can be traced as far back as the 4th century to Aristotle. His system for observing colours was based on a lineal system. He noted each colour (there were 7 ) according to the time of day or night they appeared. Starting with white at midday and ending with the black of night.

This theory was widely used until the development of the Colour Wheel by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666. This wheel however represented only one dimension of colour.

Then in the late Eighteenth century scientists began to experiment with three dimensions of colour. These properties were later named as Hue, Saturation and Brightness (see Colour Basics post).  The correct use of these properties in Interior Design leads to a pleasing and visually cohesive interior.


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