Land of Color reader, Hollie, left this comment on another thread.

I am trying to find information for Benjamin Moore color Paris Rain #1501. How do I find a chart similar to the BM Affinity Color notation charts that have harmony within hue families like the one above. Are there any other websites that would give me access to this easily. Thank You so much, Hollie Heil

I believe Hollie was referring to the table of color notations for all the colors in the Affinity color collection. Hollie wanted to know of other websites that published notations.

I’ll get to that answer at the end of the post. The information Hollie is looking for is the “Colorography” of Paris Rain; details about its intrinsic color characteristics. A color’s intrinsic color characteristics are defined by its spectral data. Spectral data comes from measuring the color with a professional, calibrated device using a standard that specifies the conditions for taking the measurement, like the light has to mimic daylight at noon in the shade, etc. So, that’s what I did. I used the spectral data for Paris Rain to make this infographic that illustrates on a special color wheel I made the color’s intrinsic characteristics. (click on the link and you can download the color wheel for free)

Once you know what hue family a color belongs to, then the basic rules of color harmony apply. In other words, it’s easy to know what colors go together.


benjamin moore 1501-paris-rain


Are there any other websites that would give me access to this easily.

No. Nobody else uses spectral data to ascertain color notations for major brand’s paint colors – it’s an approach that is unique to The Land of Color and Camp Chroma. While everyone has jumped on the bandwagon for other, purely subjective methods, I’ve been quietly and consistently introducing folks to classic colorimetry as an objective means to solve their color conundrums.

And that’s the reason I created Camp Chroma.

Just by reading other color expert’s, consultant’s and designer’s blogs and reviewing their past work, it’s quite obvious that The Land of Color and Camp Chroma is the only place in all of architectural color and design world that shows you what spectral data is and how to apply it to make choosing color faster, easier, and more accurate.

It seems the universe chose me to do something about spreading the word about colorimetry since I was the one with the expertise to combine spectral data and architectural color consulting. So, I developed an online color classroom called Camp Chroma and I teach people my craft, my trade. At Camp Chroma you learn about spectral data, color notations, color spaces, and systems – basically, everything you need to know about how to leverage the science of color measurement to specify color for the built environment.