Welcome to my big list of the best books about color. I created this list for designers, decorators, artists, crafters, creative DIYers, and color enthusiasts just like you.
Unlike, many other lists, I didn't merely search Amazon for books on the topic. I own and have read almost every one of these books.
How and Why I Read So Many Books About Color
Years ago, with a small child asleep upstairs and many long and cold New England winter nights to fill, I became obsessed with reading books about color. I read everything color-related I could get my hands on. Earning my Bachelors in Fine Art, followed by many years of experience working with color in my corporate jobs had taught me a great deal, but my appetite for learning about every nuance of color was far from satisfied. So I read and read and read.
With a topic so broad and with so many perspectives on every aspect of color, today I continue to read new books as well as return to my favorites to refresh, renew, and refine my understanding of the intricacies of color. I enjoyed most of the books listed below, and I offer this list to others who are as passionate about color as I am.
There is more to color than just what meets the eyes. Color influences perceptions, touches emotions, and sways decisions. Explore the fascinating ways our physical bodies, our brains, and our cultures shape the ways in which we interact with color.
Humans have always lived in a world full of color. Examine the ways in which color has influenced our understanding of the world, our language, and our common past.
Take a deep dive into understanding the ways in which artists, philosophers, and designers have struggled to make sense out of color. Whether you’re looking for an overview and a basic understanding of the various color vocabularies or you seek fuller understanding of a particular perspective, color theory is a rich and complex topic.
Whether you’re a DIYer or a professional designer, understanding the principles of color harmony gives you the edge when it comes to making sure a project is perfect. Hone your color harmony skills with these useful books.
From the sun-drenched cultures of Mexico to the intricate symbolism of Asian cultures, these books are both useful resources and simply delicious reads. Whether you curl up with these for a little visual exploration or you leave them on a coffee table to tempt your guests, you’ll delight in these books that transport you and your imagination around the world.
Roll up your sleeves, put on your smock, and get ready for a range of hands-on guides to effectively mixing and using color in your own art. Both theory and practice, these books help you ground your work in sound principles and techniques.
No matter your passion, learn to infuse it with color! I’ve collected books for knitters, painters, jewelry makers, and a host of other pursuits – all geared toward refining your use of color.
There is perhaps no purer and more satisfying way to experience color than to grow it yourself. Learn how to plan gardens to satisfy your craving for color.
Feel intimidated by tackling your home improvements without the guidance of a professional designer? Learn practical strategies for creating a harmonious and stylish home environment with these easy-to-understand guides.
Here’s my kitchen sink category of books I love just because! Some are quite specific, and some are a little off-the-wall, but that’s part of the pleasure of color.
Many of these books are available in digital versions in addition to the physical book. While in general, I'm a fan of reading on my tablet, for color books, I much prefer hard copies. I love the experience of flipping back and forth among various images and explanations in a physical book, and I also find that most color illustrations and pictures are more accurate in a hard copy than a digital image on my screen.
Whether in digital ink or on a physical page, I encourage everyone to explore the rich and varied books and topics below. Enjoy browsing my virtual bookshelves!
Leave a comment below and let me know if you enjoyed this list. Also, let me know if there are any books that you have enjoyed reading that is not included in my big list of books about color so that I can check them out as additions to this list and my library.
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Feature Image Credit: Kate Smith
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