Color Terminology and Green Fabrics
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See how color influences design. Use our favorite green discount designer fabrics and color key terms to help you communicate color ideas with clients.
With the vibrant blooms of spring and the green-hued celebration of St. Patricks’ Day on the horizon, the importance of color – in life and in design – seems even more accentuated than usual. In honor of the holiday and the season of greenery, we’ve pulled some of our favorite green fabrics for inspiration.
“Color is beauty, fashion, the key to class sales and even more to mass ones. Color is profit and loss, the darling of the industry, and an absolute nightmare,” say Jack Lenor Larsen and Jeanne Weeks in their Fabrics for Interiors: A Guide for Architects, Designers, and Consumers.
Color is a base aesthietic that everyone can understand. Whether as children or adults, everybody studies color – at least in an elementary way. As such, it is a means through which everyone can connect to interior designs. Not everyone may understand more complicated design theories, they can and do understand and connect to color. Being able to convey key color terminology is an imperative part of communicating a design. The following key terms are drawn from Larsen and Week’s Fabrics for Interiors.
Bars, color bars, bar marks, and barrés are horizontal bands extending from selvage to selvage. They may be caused by chages within the filling or by tension differential.
Bleeding is not fading but the running of one color into another. It usually occurs during washing, and sometimes in production or finishing.
Colorfastness is a resistance to fading from light, cleaning, perspiration, abrasion, or gas fumes. Because no single dyestuff is proof against all contingencies, specific dyes are selected for specific end uses.
Dry crocking is the rubbing off of excess colorants. The danger is not in the loss of inherent coloring. Wet crocking occurs when the cloth is moist.
Gas fading usually means a change–not a loss–of color. It is caused by airborne impurities such as carbon monoxide and nitrogenous oxides. Untreated acetates are particularly subject to gas fading.
Match is a relative term that refers to the “same” color from one dye lot to another. Dyers insist on allowance for “commercial tolerance.” Sometimes this allowance is more than the purchasers care to tolerate. It is useful to consider the production lot not in terms of match to standard but in relation to other colors in the room. Sometimes these can be modified more easily than specific fabrics in question.
Metamerism, in relation to color match, refers to colors that match under one light source but not another. The wide use of florescent and neon lights has increased instances of metamerism.
Shade loosely means “color,” especially in relation to match. Fabrics may be off-shade, not off-color.
Shading is the fault of color gradation from selvage to center or from end to end.
A standard or master is an approved production sample and dye forumla. Each succeeding dye lot will vary somewhat.
Shop FabricSeen today for beautifully colored fabrics and put your new color terminology to use. And now through March 31, 2012 FabricSeen is offering green fabrics at an additional 15% off our already 30% – 80% discounted prices! Why? Because we want you to give us a try. We are confident that you will be more than pleased with the quality of our goods and completely satisfied with our service. Use Coupon code GRN on green fabrics site wide!