by Riddell, John - Figuring Out Colors... Again...

The Current Ideas for Color... Purple, Gold & Navy.

Architectural designs for model country residences : illustrated by colored drawings of elevations and ground plans, accompanied by general descriptions and estimates : prepared expressly for persons who contemplate building, and artisans throughout the United States
by Riddell, John 

 

 

"Bright blue, orange, purple or green could not be employed for exterior decorative purposes without startling results, but red and green-blue in their deep shades, being respectively warm and cold, are both agreeably harmonious and a perfect contrast, as are also deep purple and green. The most widely different colors do not by any means make the best contrast, any more than will those bearing the closest resemblance to each other produce the best harmony. "
From "Exterior decoration : a treatise on the artistic use of colors in the ornamentation of buildings and a series of designs, illustrating the effects of different combinations of colors in connection with various styles of architecture" by F.W. Devoe & Co; 1885

The Abrams guide to American house styles
by Morgan, William

   "​CHOICE OF COLORS WITH REGARD TO TIIEIR COMBINATION AND CONTRAST.
A brief reference to the classification of colors according to their value and effects as pigments, is essential to their proper employment and combination. The primary colors, those that cannot be produced from mixtures of other colors, and which in their turn are the basis of all color combinations, are red, yellow and blue. The secondary colors, green, orange and purple, are obtained by combinations of the primary colors—blue and yellow producing green; red and yellow, orange; and blue and red, purple. In the same manner, by mixtures of the secondary, we obtain the tertiary colors, orange and purple producing russet; green and purple, olive; green and orange, citrine." ​
From "Exterior decoration : a treatise on the artistic use of colors in the ornamentation of buildings and a series of designs, illustrating the effects of different combinations of colors in connection with various styles of architecture" by F.W. Devoe & Co; 1885
  "A Blue Wall of a Purple Tone. With this yellowish orange, amber, salmon pink or terra cotta will harmonize according to the value of the wall color."
"Even the location of a building with regard to the light should be considered in the selection of the colors and decorative effect, the north light being whitish or bluish, the south light yellow and purple morning and evening, with excessive brightness at noon, the east and west having the yellow and purple of the rising and setting sun and the usual brightness of the day. Colors that the reflection of the bright strong lights changes in appearance, as, for instance, green, which acquires a yellower brighter cast; red, which is rendered more vivid in the bright sunlight and darker by twilight; gray, which by contrast with its surroundings appears deeper and warmer if dark, and inclined to assume a purplish hue and colder appearance if light; and blue, which at twilight appears much lighter than it really is, should be used with a due regard to these effects."
From "Exterior decoration : a treatise on the artistic use of colors in the ornamentation of buildings and a series of designs, illustrating the effects of different combinations of colors in connection with various styles of architecture" by F.W. Devoe & Co; 1885
   
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