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The Colors of Life

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Primary and secondary color combinations, from “A Nomenclature of Colors for Naturalists, and Compendium of Useful Knowledge for Ornithologists,” by Robert Ridgway (1885).

Spring is coming… and with it comes the transition from the whites, grays, browns and forest greens of winter to the many brilliant hues of a new growing season. A great time to again begin to appreciate the joy that color brings into our lives. Infused as it is in our everyday experiences—from the natural world to the architecture and designed spaces all around us—color is an always present but seldom pondered element of our lives. This month’s book display intends to remind us that while color is everywhere, there’s more to color than meets the eye. Come browse the Colors of Life book display by the library reference desk for titles on color theory, colors in architecture and design, and in our own backyards. Select books on display are listed below, and for a look into a unique title on color and Ornithology check out our most recent "Vaults of Mann" spotlight.

Austin, Sandra. Color in Garden Design. Taunton Press, 1998.

Birren, Faber. Color, Form and Space. Reinhold Pub. Corp, 1961.

Birren, Faber. Light, Color, and Environment: A Discussion of the Biological and Psychological Effects of Color, with Historical Data and Detailed Recommendations for the use of Color in the Environment. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1982.

Crewdson, Frederick M. Color in Decoration and Design. Wilmette, Ill.: F. J. Drake, 1953.

Feduchi, Marta, and Jordi Sarrà. Color in Your Home. Harper Design, 2003.

Feisner, Edith Anderson. Color Studies. Fairchild, 2001.

Graves, Maitland E. Color Fundamentals: With 100 Color Schemes. McGraw-Hill, 1952.

Issett, Ruth. Colour on Cloth. Batsford, 2004.

Kuehni, Rolf G. Color Space and its Divisions: Color Order from Antiquity to the Present. Wiley-Interscience, 2003.

Ladau, Robert F, Brent K Smith, and Jennifer Place. Color in Interior Design and Architecture. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1989.

Linton, Harold. Color Consulting: A Survey of International Color Design. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1991.

Pile, John F. Color in Interior Design. Mc-Graw-Hill. 1997.

Sherin, Aaris. Design Elements: Color Fundamentals: A Graphic Style Manual for Understanding How Color Affects Design. Rockport Publishers, 2012.

Squire, David. The Complete Guide to Using Color in Your Garden. Rodale Press, 1991.

Wong, Wucius. Principles of Color Design. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1987.