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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 31 (11)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 31
Page 31

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 31

Table I-Compa'lible Color Groupings that may be combined with safety in any decorative effort:

Vermilion lied Chartreuse grange . gled ange Henna Lqua Turquoise or quamanne um . ue Sky blue eaf-green . Purple Turquoise or aqua Plum . aquamarine . . Turqumse Beige Bei Ivory Lettuce green Beige ge Peach Bl B Blue Violet Raspberry 0 He Yellow Omwn Orange Turquoise or Black and white V91"? Plum Yringe Butter yellow aquamarine Green .10 e Lilac e 0w B . Lime Red eige Peacock blue Plum G B] Forest green Blue-green Red Peach Vreen]. nuagrleen Red-plum Magenta Plum Lime Oerml Ion ll Yuil p um Purple Sky blue Ivory Ivory range'ye 0w 6 0w Beige Yellow Forest green Red Cherry red , Red-plum White ghartlrlfluse Laurel green Blue-plum Green Coyal .111: Brown Peach Black ("a 1"" Beige carpeting two or more colors are so arranged that Warm and Cool Colors

Carpeting is used to provide decorative, as well as sound-deadening, effects throughout the theatre. The proper selection of carpeting may be the key factor in determining the success or failure of an interior color design plan. It should express the dominant color of the area, and may be used as the focal point of a color scheme which employs contrast through complementary colors, or those most closely related in the spectrum; interest is furthered by varying the intensities.

Carpet colors must also contrast with the tones of surrounding areas. For instance, if foyer carpeting is a brilliant red, the surrounding walls and ceiling require subdued colors to offset the brightness. If carpeting in the lounges adjoining the foyer is of a secondary color, such as green, their walls and ceilings should be in more chromatic tones for contrast.


Each colors has a character or quality of its own. Colors carry impressions of luminosity, vibrance, warmth, or coolness and are as important in producing decorative harmony as the roles of the actors in a drama. While a coloris own special tone can be modified, it cannot be thoroughly eliminated. Therefore, theatre operators should be familiar with the characteristics of the primary colors, red, yellow and blue, and the secondary ones created by a mingling of the primaries.

Mixtures of red and yellow prodUCe orange; those of yellow and blue result in green; and combinations of blue and red create violet. Many gradations of each mixture are possible, and each variation is called a hue. The addition of white to any hue lightens it to a tint of the hue, while black darkens it to a shade of that hue.

Complementary colors are dissimilar and farthest apart in the sequence. Color harmony is accomplished when


when viewed simultaneously they are pleasing to the eye.

Impressions of Color

Redemost intense and warmest of all colors. Toq strong to use alone, as are all the primary colors, it will give life and vigor to any decorative arrangement. It is generally used either in hues of the plain color, or as a dominant shade. Red gives Vigor and character to draperies and upholstery fabrics and is also effective as an accent color.

Yellow-:creates an atmosphere of good cheer. It is the best reflector of light and a popular wall color. Effective in combination with darker colors, yellow is favored in drapery fabrics and important accents.

Blueethe most restful of all colors. Its use has the effect of making an interior appear larger. When combined with orange, its complementary color, it is dramatic. It can also be combined with the hues which lean toward the red, that is the reddish violets.

Green#natureis color, restful and soothing, Between the yellow-greens with their warm vibrancy and the rich coolness of the blue-greens lie gradations of hue which add to the color range at the disposal of the decorator. It is a favored wall color, especially in the yellow-green tones.

Violeteused sparsely in its pure tone in the decorative scheme. Violet tones like raisin, mulberry, and eggplant are, however, employed to lend dignity.

Orange a combination of red and yellow. While popular, it is limited in use. Orange is, however, particularly effective when used with the complementary blues.

A detailed color chart with gradations of tone would show yellow, yelloworange, yellow-green, green, blue-green, blue, blue-violet, violet, red-violet, red, red-orange, orange, and yellow-orange in that order.

Decorators divide colors into two categories#warm and cool. The former group is made up of sharp, chromatic shades, such as red and yellow; cool colors are blues, blueegreen, violets, and their variations.

Warm colors are used for stimulating effects and to make an area seem cheery and warmer. Warm colors should be used in a section of the theatre which is cool and somewhat dreary, while cool colors should predominate in a warm and sunny area. .

Since warm colors appear to itadvancei toward the eye, they are recommended for larger sections where it is desirable to make the walls appear nearer and smaller; cool colors, on the other hand, appear to firecedei' and ffpushi, the walls back. The same principles can be applied to individual objects, such as chairs or tables.

Theatre decoration makes strong use of contrasts to increase emphasis and avoid monotony. This effect can be obtained by complementary colors which, while different in feeling and opposite each other on the color wheel, do not clash but supplement each other.

A warm color like yellow, for example, will appear well in contrast with an opposing dark blue. A series of contrasting color combinations can be worked out by spinning an easily obtained color wheel to determine the complementary colors opposite.

A typical case in point will serve to illustrate the above. If a lobby flooring is blue, a complementary color will be needed for the walls. On the color wheel, blue's opposing, or complementary, color is an orange hue-yellow-red. Therefore, any orange tints, such as light peach, can be used to complement the blue floor.


The Editors of THEATRE CATALOG wish to express their gratitude to the American Society of Interior Design for furnishing the material contained in the foregoing article.


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