The good news is: Our products are compatible with all current color systems from 4 up to 12 color types. And the bad news is: Many color systems use different type and color names. So we introduced for our products two icon sets to simplify the “translation”:  The scale set with the color dimensions according Munsell and the traditional seasonal icon set.

The Scale Set

The basis of all color systems are three dimensions (see chart below according Munsell). Each color is described using the combination of three scales: value, hue (i.e. temperature) and chroma (i.e. saturation). This allows to act smart when it comes to exploring color choices.

hue chroma value

Value medium Temperature cold warm Chroma medium
Value, also be called as “brightness”, illustrated by a circle describes how light or dark a particular color is, classified in light, medium, deep/dark. Hue illustrated by a thermometer basically describes the color temperature: Warm or cold, or some combination of the two, classified in cold, cold-warm, warm. Chroma illustrated by a sun indicates the clarity or saturation or intensity of a color, classified in soft/muted, medium, clear/bright.

The scales give immediately an overview of the specific color type. This can be used as a general explanation for your clients and is therefor a very helpful tool. For example Summer is described as light, cold and quite soft and you are immediately able to see these three dimensions by the way how the scales are filled with black ink.

The top/left scale is not filled with black. You are on the side with an empty/white circle (light).
The middle scale again is not filled with black. You are on the side with an empty thermometer (cold).
The lower/right scale is slightly filled with black. You are on the side where the sun is covered by a cloud (quite soft).

The traditional seasonal Icon Set

The charts below show the most common color systems with our seasonal icon set. So you can identify the right product corresponding to the color system that you are using or by which you have been advised. By the way: If you like our charts you can purchase them.

Get Purchase Advice

The color systems of various providers and trainers often use different color type names. The table below describes our color fans, whatever names may be given. If you are unsure whether you can change from your swatches used previously to our swatches, give us a call or a message by email. We will advise you!

Seasonal Icons International Names Value
Hue
Chroma
Descriptions European Names
Color swatch fan warm spring Symbol spring Warm Spring Value light
Temperature warm
Chroma clear bright
light
warm
clear bright
Spring
Color swatch fan light spring Symbol springSymbol summer Light Spring Value light
Temperature cold warm
Chroma medium
light
cold warm
medium
Spring Summer
Color swatch fan clear spring Symbol springSymbol winter Clear Spring Value medium
Temperature cold warm
Chroma clear bright
medium
warm
clear bright
Spring Winter
Color swatch fan light summer Symbol summer Light Summer Value light
Temperature cold
Chroma soft muted
light
cold/cool
soft muted
Summer
Color swatch fan soft summer Symbol summerSymbol autumn Soft Summer Value medium
Temperature cold
Chroma soft muted
medium
cold/cool
soft muted
Summer Autumn
Color swatch fan cool summer Symbol summerSymbol winter Cool Summer Value medium
Temperature cold
Chroma medium
medium
cold/cool
medium
Summer Winter
Color swatch fan dark autumn Symbol autumn Dark Autumn Value deep dark
Temperature warm
Chroma soft muted
deep dark
warm
soft muted
Autumn
Color swatch fan warm autumn Symbol autumnSymbol spring Warm Autumn Value medium
Temperature warm
Chroma medium
medium
warm
medium
Autumn Spring
Color swatch fan soft autumn Symbol autumnSymbol summer Soft Autumn Value medium
Temperature cold warm
Chroma soft muted
medium
cold warm
soft muted
Autumn Summer
Color swatch fan cool winter Symbol winter Cool Winter Value deep dark
Temperature cold
Chroma clear bright
deep dark
cold/cool
clear bright
Winter
Color swatch fan clear winter Symbol winterSymbol spring Clear Winter Value medium
Temperature cold
Chroma clear bright
medium
cold/cool
clear bright
Winter Spring
Color swatch fan deep winter Symbol winterSymbol autumn Deep Winter Value deep dark
Temperature cold warm
Chroma medium
deep dark
cold warm
medium
Winter Autumn