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How Our Color Vision Evolved to Create a Perfect Storm for an Argument on the Internet

A raging debate over the color of a particular striped dress recently took over the Internet. Social media users linked pictures of the dress insisting that the dress was either gold and white or blue and black. While the debate itself should have been easy to settle with the discovery of the original dress, many people had difficulty accepting that their eyes were not perceiving the color accurately. This led to an interesting discussion about why people saw different colors to begin with. The science behind the dress debate lies in the fact that human brains and eyes work together to interpret color. Many different factors including lighting, depth of field, and individual perceptions can change how we see colors and may affect which colors you discern.

This Internet debate is a great reminder of the importance of looking at your paint swatches in a variety of settings. Make sure to try your samples out on several different walls that all receive different amounts of light. Take care to assess the different colors during different times of the day as well. Colors can look incredibly different on different walls, in different rooms, and with different amounts of natural light. What you thought was a light gray may turn out to be more lavender in hue, and if you find that out after you've painted, you either have to paint all over again or accept the purple walls.

If you're interested in learning more about the science behind color visit the Dunn Edwards website today. We have a variety of resources that will help you understand the science behind color and how it can affect various parts of our lives.