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Let's See How Well You See Color

Posted by Guilford of Maine on July 26, 2016

When designing a space, choosing colors of fabric, paint, and other surface materials is a crucial task to making a room look great. As a follow up to our recent posts about the color wheel and color palettes, I thought it would be interesting to share the Farnsworth Munsell color test. It helps answer the question "is what I am seeing what other people see?"

A staggering 1 out of 12 men have some sort of color vision deficiency. For women, the odds are a lot lower, at 1 out of around 200. How well can you separate colors out by hue?

The most common test used to determine whether you have any color deficiency is called the Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hue Test. The test is completed by arranging 4 rows of various hues in the correct gradation from one end to the other. A lower score means less color deficiency (or more patience for the test). A higher score, depending on how high, is an indication you may be color blind or have a color deficiency of some degree.

I recently saw (unintentional pun) glasses are now available from a company called EnChroma for color blind people that removes their color blindness. They look just like regular glasses, and the video of people's reaction to seeing colors for the first time is incredible and very emotional. Such a neat thing.




Think you have what it takes to master the test? Take it and share your results in the comments!

Topics: Color