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Everything in the environment has its colour and texture. There is no pure white or pure black. Purest of pure white will also show existence of some colour when simultaneously observed against a background of pitch-black colour. The black colour also has inclinations towards greenish black, bluish black and reddish black. An architect, who basically deals with designing and planning of environment, has to learn about colours. The theoretical part of the colours can very well be understood by studying basic colour theories. Munshell's colour theory explains why and how colours vary in their character which is the easiest to understand. What are hues, tones, shade, intensity and value of colour?. Hue, value and intensity are the three basic parameters by which most of the colour variation can be explained.


Actual Exercise

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Students are asked to make colour charts. Each hue is selected and by adding white colour, water and black or grey colour, students try and change the value and the intensity of the basic hue (name of the colour) that is red, red orange, orange, orange yellow, yellow.



Students should realise that there can be variety of pure red colour like crimson red, scarlet red, vermilion red. In blue-colour there are cobalt blue, navy blue, Persian blue and so on. Colour mixing and adding proportionate black or white to any colour can change original value or light reflectivity.


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