How Do You Value Hue?

Look around you and what do you see?  If you’re like most people, you’ll probably create a list of items.  But there is something that part of every item in your list.  Color.  Because it is so obvious we often take it for granted.  As kids color is one of the first concepts that we learn.  That’s another reason we often consider it simple.  Yet color is pretty complex.  Think about all of the millions of varieties out there.  Heck, just try customizing color on your computer and the options become clear.  So, let’s begin by understanding the aspects of color.

Hue: Hue is color. It’s that simple.  Examples include blue, red, and green.  Mixing two or more colors produces a new color.  Varying the hues and proportions creates endless options.

Value: How light or dark is the color?   At its most basic, value refers to black and white and all the greys in between.  But this can also be done for any hue. For example, different values of blue include navy, medium blue, and light blue.

Saturation: How intense is the color?  Is it pure, or does it have white, black, or another color added to it?  This is the difference between a bright versus a muted color.

By considering the variables of hue, value, and saturation, we get an infinite number of colors that are ever-present in our lives.  The next level in working with colors is how they are combined.  Designers learn how to do this as a part of their craft, but we all do it all the time.  It’s called putting together an outfit. 

Hue is the basic color that we see. Saturation refers to the intensity of the color. And value is the color’s lightness or darkness.

We each have a unique starting point when dressing ourselves, and that is what we look like.  What most people don’t consider is their personal coloring.  We are color. 

So the starting point when dressing yourself is coordinating with your individual coloration.  The goal is to choose colors with hues, values, and level of saturation that accentuate your face.  Most people can wear all hues – it’s just the tint or shade of that color that will work best for them.

Poor color choices can result in an unflattering image. Why choose that when you can wear good colors.  A professional color analysis can help you to define the best colors.  This is what professional color analysis is all about.  More on that coming soon.

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