Color is one of the first things you notice when you walk into a room. So is it any wonder that color, and how you use it, is one of the most important decorating decisions you’ll make in your home? The latest colors and the way they’re applied give voice to your personality and décor. Since color is always a topic, no matter what decorating job you’re doing, let’s review the basics of color terminology:
Hue is simply another term for color. “That HUE is so bright and cheerful!”
Tone refers to the amount of gray in a color. “I’d prefer a more muted TONE of blue”.
Tint is a color to which white is added. “That TINT of red looks very pink.”
Shade is a color to which black has been added. “That SHADE of green is more subtle than the other one”.
While no one expects you to get it perfect every time, trying to use these words correctly better communicates your desired result and will help avoid costly mistakes.
So, the real question becomes, is it “fifty shades of gray” or “fifty tones of gray”?