Aligned with the Munsell System
How humans perceive color is very different from a 2-dimensional artists color wheel. By using Munsell’s cylindrical system, each paddle is notated on back with it’s Munsell hue, value and chroma. From there, it’s easy to cross-reference for RGB.
Organized by Neutrals & Hues
To assist you in selecting the right colors for your client, the system contains portfolios of warm & cool neutrals and each hue known on the color wheel. When you’re ready to embrace the Munsell system fully, you can combine Red-Orange with Red.
Beautiful Palettes Every Time
Using the system to select colors that are right for your client and her personality is super easy. Plus, our ordering system allows you to order the appropriate paddles for your client and have them shipped to you or her directly in a beautiful case.
GUIDE YOUR CLIENTS THROUGH COLOR.
Although I have experience in the apparel industry, I needed training on how to explain the “whys” and provide tools to my clients so that I could make the best informed decisions on selecting colors for individuals. Arden’s color system opened a whole new world of color to me. One of my biggest learnings was that no one should be put into a category of colors such as a “season” and that colors are an individual reflection based on personal coloring, personality and style. My clients feel refreshed and fulfilled to be wearing colors that enhance their personal coloring and style. They take their paddles when they shop and use them as a guide so that they only wear colors that make them look and feel their best. I feel fortunate to have been trained by Arden and to have the tools that I need as a professional fashion consultant to provide excellent personalized consults to my clients.MARIA NELSON, Fashion Consultant
My biggest challenge as a wardrobe stylist is teaching my clients the difference between what looks good on them versus what looks GREAT on them. Having the color system allows me to show my clients the difference. Providing my clients their personalized color palette allows them to shop more confidently which in turns makes for happy customer. I’m grateful for the education I received and the impact it has had on my business.NICOLE BUSCH, Wardrobe & Fashion Stylist
A Professional Color System for Professionals Who Work With Color
A Color for Every Type
Each paddle in the system lists the Color Type(s) associated (Animated, Clear/Sharp, Subdued, Deep, Dynamic.) Having these as a reference helps you to select the right palettes for your clients based on their personality AND coloring.
Over 900 Colors
The system includes 155 paddles which make up 2 Neutral Portfolios and 11 Hue Portfolios (red, red-orange, orange, yellow, yellow-green, green, blue-green, blue, blue-violet, violet and red-violet.)
Based on Human Color
The human gamut of color (CIE L*a*b*) which is a three-dimensional space, is closely aligned to the Munsell system, considered the gold standard in the world. A special Munsell chart and wheel is included with the system.
Color System FAQ’s
It typically takes about 45 minutes to an hour to conduct the analysis using the system. That’s because the client has lots of questions and a-ha’s. There’s two big portfolios of warm and cool neutrals and then a portfolio of each hue in the system.
The neutral paddles in the system are different. There are about 22 paddles in each neutral (warm & cool) portfolio in the system covering a range of browns, grays, blues, olives, beiges, metallics, etc. If you click on the individual neutral palettes drop-down box (eg ‘silver cool’), the picture will pop up and you can see how they are different.
The neutral palettes will help you understand what works well for each dominant temperature. Plus, they are perfect to use in workshops and for parties when you don’t have time to give individual attention. On the other hand, the system has the full range of neutrals to pull from for your clients on an individual basis – you can be more specific with your custom palettes.
Each of the paddles in the system is marked with it’s appropriate hue, value and chroma/personality. The color indicator set includes cards for each of the personalities: tinted/clear, saturated/animated, shaded/deep, toasted/dynamic, and muted/subdued. Many clients will see 1-2 of these personalities in their coloring and the fascinating part is that it mirrors their personality. I’ve seen it work on hundreds of individuals in the course of my work. It’s the one thing that your clients will remember you for and feel 100% supported and empowered in their color choices.
You can learn more about how to get to the heart of your client’s true colors by taking an online course. Make sure to sign up for updates to get notified of new courses and start dates.
I do not believe in ‘neutral’ skin for people — our skin is translucent, our hemoglobin and undertones have color – so ‘neutral’ really means they are warm and cool equally and you need to use both equally. So maybe a navy and a warm olive or brown.
Only a consultant who has the Pro System can dip into both – it’s difficult to create custom palettes for the masses because everyone is different. You can utilize the dominant temperature neutral palettes in addition to the Pro System for workshops and parties as it sends your clients in the right direction, helps them think about it easily, but it’s not 100%. Best is for someone to work with you and get it done the right way.
Johannes Itten (Bauhaus professor) wrote the book, Art of Color, and that is where the first ‘personal coloring’ concept came to light. He was a painter but could see how his students painted the colors that were in themselves. It’s uncanny how personality and color chroma/saturation are similar…he wrote a tiny bit about it in his book. Itten is considered a color theory guru and very well respected…super interesting stories from his time at the Bauhaus and they so apply to personal coloring. His book is pretty heady but it is a great read.
I had been styling for 10 years and created the system in 2007 because I couldn’t find the right color tools that were easy to get to the heart of an individual’s color and personality. I built my first system based on Itten’s teachings.
Then, with further studies I realized that Munsell had it right in just one little way that made me tweak it to where it is now — his system is based on perceptual vision. The artist’s color wheel is based on mixing paints. BIG difference. Because we are dealing with people, we need to use Munsell’s notation and wheel. The properties of color are the same (hue, chroma, value.)
Working with Arden’s color system has not only helped me become a MUCH better stylist by understanding the power and impact of color, it has helped so many of my clients take control of their own beauty and style, which is the greatest satisfaction I could ask for! I could not do what I do without you Arden!LORI LUTTON, Dressed Inc