In color theory, a color scheme is the choice of colors used in design for a range of media. For example, the use of a white background with black text is an example of a basic and commonly default color scheme in web design.
Color schemes are used to create style and appeal. Colors that create an aesthetic feeling when used together will commonly accompany each other in color schemes. A basic color scheme will use two colors that look appealing together. More advanced color schemes involve several colors in combination, usually based around a single color; for example, text with such colors as red, yellow, orange and light blue arranged together on a black background in a magazine article.
Color schemes can also contain different shades of a single color; for example, a color scheme that mixes different shades of green, ranging from very light (almost white) to very dark.
Use of the phrase color scheme may also and commonly does refer to choice and use of colors used outside typical aesthetic media and context, although may still be used for purely aesthetic effect as well as for purely practical reasons. This most typically refers to color patterns and designs as seen on vehicles, particularly those used in the military when concerning color patterns and designs used for identification of friend or foe, identification of specific military units, or as camouflage.
A color scheme in marketing is referred to as a trade dress and can be sometimes be copyrighted, as is the pink color of Owens-Corning fiberglass.
... Irix 4dwm's GUI uses more color schemes, whose information is stored in files named BaseColorPalette ... Cascading Style Sheets allow easily-editable color schemes to be applied to HTML webpages ... Publishing Modern magazines use a range of colors in text and imagery which tend not to conform to a specific set of colors throughout the magazine ...
... A split complementary color scheme includes a main color and the two colors on each side of its complementary (opposite) color on the color wheel ... These are the colors that are one hue and two equally spaced from its complement ... To avoid fatigue and maintain high contrast, this color scheme should be used when giving powerpoint presentations, or when using a computer for an ...
... Greek columns were painted a sandstone orange, with an elaborate color scheme of brown, red, and yellow ochres dominating the rest of the nave ... English Minton tiles adorned the aisles and chancel that complimented the color scheme of the church ... for an historic restoration that would restore some of the spirit of the original color scheme while preserving the 1903 renovation ...
... the years, Shock Wave has undergone several re-paintings with different color schemes ... The solid white color lasted only two years as it quickly became dirty ... The second color scheme, introduced in 1980, featured dark blue track and supports ...
... The supports were also painted to a teal/green color ... The trains were as well given new colors, they now sport a red and yellow paint job ... was given a face lift as well, changing the wood and white portions to a teal and tan color ...
Famous quotes containing the words scheme and/or color:
“I have no scheme about it,no designs on men at all; and, if I had, my mode would be to tempt them with the fruit, and not with the manure. To what end do I lead a simple life at all, pray? That I may teach others to simplify their lives?and so all our lives be simplified merely, like an algebraic formula? Or not, rather, that I may make use of the ground I have cleared, to live more worthily and profitably?”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)
“But whenever the roof came white
The head in the dark below
Was a shade less the color of night,
A shade more the color of snow.”
—Robert Frost (18741963)