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What Is Color Value?

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What Is Color Value?

The royal blue strip is "dark" when paired with lighter blue, but becomes "light" when paired with navy.

©Janet Wickell

Color value is a term used to describe contrast among colors, and typically refers to how dark or light a color is in relation to its surroundings. For instance, a dark blue swatch of fabric appears very dark when placed next to a beige, but turns into a medium when compared to black.

  • Pieces of quilting fabrics cut from colors of the same value blend when sewn side by side.
  • Fabrics of lighter or darker color values display clearly defined boundaries when sewn together.
  • Color warmth affects value.

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