- COLOR, HUE, and CHROMA are interchangeable terms.
- A TINT is what you get when you add WHITE to the color
- A TONE is what you get when add GRAY
- A SHADE is what happens when you add BLACK
When choosing a new room color, remember that unless you live somewhere coastal or you're decorating a nursery, tints don't usually come across as very sophisticated. Likewise, neither do the bold effects of pure primaries like red, blue, or yellow. But whenever you add gray or black to a color, creating tones and shades, you automatically increase the level of sophistication.