Color Matters for Kids

Color Matters has a special section about color for children. Please see the "Fun Color Matters" menu at the left. or click on any of the links below.


The Global Color Survey
What color makes you happy? What's your favorite color? Tell us what you think about color. After you take the Global Color Survey, you'll find out what 130,000 from all over the world said about color.


Explore The Meanings of Colors

The Meanings of Yellow

PurpleRedYellow - BlueGreen - Pink





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Color/ General

1. Hope and Walch, THE COLOR COMPENDIUM , Van Norstrand Reinhold 1990
This book covers all aspects of color. An excellent starting point.

Color /Aesthetics / Art

1. Itten, Johannes, THE ELEMENTS OF COLOR, Van Norstrand Reinhold
A must for artists. Basic principles as well as interesting psychological and optical information.

2. Albers, Josef , THE INTERACTION OF COLOR , Yale University.
This classic book explains the critical contextual relationships of color. How and why colors change their appearance.

3. Arnheim, Rudolph, ART AND VISUAL PERCEPTION, University of California Press.
The most thorough and academic book about design principles.

4. Morton, J.L., COLOR LOGIC, Colorcom, 2008
A practical, visual guide that takes the guesswork out of color theory. This clear, concise, and fully-illustrated book presents a complete picture of color terminology, harmony, and dynamic color effects. 172 illustrations take you from understanding essential theory to application. Currently being used as a text book for design courses in the US, Canada and Australia.

5. Birren, Faber, Color Perception in Art, 1976

6. Chevreul, M.E.,  Harmony and Contrast of Colors, 1967

7. Goethe, J.W., Theory of Colours, 1971.

8. Chris Willard: Reading List

9. Chronological Bibliography on Color Theory
In Spanish and English - A chronological bibliography on color theory, from Plato to 1997. You can perform a search by keywords here.

Color / Interior Environments and Architecture

1. Birren, Faber, LIGHT COLOR AND ENVIRONMENT, Schiffer Publishing , 1988

2. Mahnke, Frank and Mahnke, Rudolf, COLOR AND LIGHT IN MAN-MADE ENVIRONMENTS, Van Norstrand, 1993

3. Swirnoff, Lois, DIMENSIONAL COLOR, Van Norstrand

4. Morton, J.L., Color Voodoo for the Office, Colorcom, 2006
Color effects in the workplace. The same concepts can be applied to any critical task area. Physiological, psychological and optical effects of color plus formulas for harmonious color schemes.


6. Morton, J.L., Color Matters for the Home, Colorcom, 2010

6. Leatrice Eiseman, Colors for Your Every Mood : DISCOVER YOUR TRUE DECORATING COLORS - a basic guide for women

Color and Web Site Design

1. Visibone : Color References: Cards, charts, posters which helps you visualize all color options when laying out a site or composing graphic images.

2. Morton, J.L., Color Logic for Web Site Design, Colorcom, 2009
A practical, visual guide that takes the guesswork out of color theory for web site designers. This clear, concise, and fully-illustrated book presents a complete picture of color terminology, harmony, and dynamic color effects. 223 illustrations take you from understanding essential theory to specific web design applications

Color / Science / Physics

1. Falk,Brill ,and Stork, SEEING THE LIGHT, Optics in Nature, Photography, Color, Vision and Holography , John Wiley and Sons, 1986
An excellent technical source for the physics of light.

2. Color Research and Application
reports on the science, technology, and application of color in business, art, design, education, and industry.

3. MED-LINE searches
Search for chromotherapy, photobiology and color

Color / Philosophy

1.Westphal, Jonathan, COLOUR, A Philosophical Introduction , Basil Blackwell, 1991

Color / Psychology and Symbolism

1.Sharpe, Deborah, THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COLOR AND DESIGN , Nelson Hall Inc. 1982
An excellent scientific analysis of critical psychological color effects.

2. Morton, J.L., A Guide to Color Symbolism, Colorcom, 2008.
Confidently choose the right color to support your message with this visual guide to color symbolism. Each of the 100 + large color swatches are defined by specific symbolic associations and RGB/HEX formulas.

3. Morton, J.L.,Colors that Sell - Tried & Tested Color Schemes, Colorcom 2008

4. Morton, J.L., Global Color: Clues and Taboos, Colorcom 2008

Illustrates how to choose the right colors for international designs

6. Hartman, THE COLOR CODE

7. Gage, John, COLOR AND CULTURE, 1993.

8. Gage, John, COLOR AND MEANING, 1999

Seminars from Color Matters


General Information

Colour Order Systems in Art and Science
(English, Francais, Deutsch) - Do you know Isaac Newton’s Theory of Colour? Or maybe Goethe’s? This site includes a total of 59 easy-to-understand, richly illustrated colour theories from Antiquity to modern times. Also, an excellent analysis of color and cultures (Islamic, Chinese, Hebrew).


Color Research and Application
reports on the science, technology, and application of color in business, art, design, education, and industry.

National Center for Biotechnology Information
hosts a database from National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (Search PubMed)

A commercial site, which allows you to access PSYCLIT (or PSYCINFO as it is now called). Some fees may apply. For example a search for "color" will bring up research about color... for example: "Different shades of perception."

Hanover Psychologly Department
Search for Electronic Journals and Periodicals

Exploratorium - a great resource

Modern color models
Munsell. CIE lab and others

Electromagnetic Spectrum


Lilac Chaser (***A must see ***)
Amazing optical illusions.

Vision Science
Great resource

Handprint: Color Vision
Light and the eye, color making attributes, forms of color

Color Design and Web Design Information

The Power of Color - Interactive!
One of the best tutorials on the web. Excellent design, easy to understand basic concepts (from The Poynter Institute)

Universal Color Language, Level 3
The best reference for "Universal Color Terms"

Interactive Color Wheel
Experiment with saturation, intensity, hue, and luma

Color Codes
Color codes from a variety of sources (RGBHEX, HSL, CMYK)

The Color Spot at HTML Station
A collection of pages about color definitions used in HTML attributes and Cascading Style Sheets.
The Webmaster's Reference Library: Web Site Design Tips and Tutorials

Unsafe Colormatch
Create color themes in 24-bit color. IE 5.5 or higher required

Make a splash with color
Answers to color questions from the Tech Museum of Innovation and Adobe

Display Your Creativity: Become A Graphic Designer


Color and Design Organizations

The Inter-Society Color Council is the principal professional society on the field of color in the United States, encompassing the arts, sciences and industry

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International organization for color communication, research and eductation ((francais & english)

A not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1996. Our mission: to bring together volunteer communities who transform public spaces by combining color with collaboration. We specialize at re-imagining spaces used by inner city youth.

AIA The American Institute of Architects

ASID The American Society of Interior Designers

CAUS - Color Association of the United States


Pigments, watercolor, brushes and much more

Color Consultants and Artists

Color Consultants for Branding & Marketing

Tap the power of color with professional advice from the experts at Colorcom

Designing Living & Learning Environments for the Young
Design for children from the award-winning design journalist, RO LOGRIPPO

Resources for the creative professional

World Wide Art Resources
Gateway to arts information and culture on the Internet

Internet for the Fine Arts
A network of artists, galleries, museums, organizations, and resources relating to the fine arts.



For children and the young at heart

Bubbles in Your Eyes!

Color and Health and Beauty

Colors for your wardrobe
Free online color makeover.

New Age -Color Therapy


Color/Colour Therapy Net
A page at the Mining Company that focuses on color therapy.

Color and Astrology


Open the door to color with ebooks from Color Matters