Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Chromatic theology...

Explore the depths of black as the Chromatic Theology series continues.
Each post in this series explores an individual hue, but the characteristics of the topic color can be translated into tints and shades. Keep in mind that the effects and emotions we discuss are most prominent and intense in pure, saturated color. To some extent, the distinctive attributes of black will be present in color variations - charcoal, black bean, cast iron, domino, pewter, etc.
BLACK is a powerful color that exhibits strength, dignity, and formality. Black can translate to the epitome of elegance and sophistication. Like white, excess black can cast the notion of emptiness or boredom, except with heavy and depressing implications. Add a dash of casualty by lightening the severity of black and selecting a shade of grey {ranging from dove to deep charcoal}. Because saturated black can be imposing, avoid using expansive solid black color in small spaces, or infuse intimacy in a large space by intentionally using large amounts of solid black color. Combining black and white in one cohesive color scheme uses sharp contrast to achieve crisp, tailored results; the same color scheme can be harsh and austere when unsuccessful. If your personality walks on the serious side, but with an added dose of mystery, black might just be the color for you.
Want to get acquainted with the rest of the rainbow? Indulge in the rest of the series with these previous posts. This wraps up the session on color theory and psychology. Any questions?

{Images from The Style Files.}

{This series is also running on EcoSalon!}
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