Vintage Color Wheels & Charts

I have these vintage color wheels & charts hanging on the wall of my studio. The larger two were inserts in old art instruction book and one is a clipping from a vintage decorator magazine.  I snapped a shot of one to share with my creative friends on Instagram yesterday and there seemed to be a great deal of interest. So I thought I would scan each and clean them up in Photoshop a bit to share on my blog. Click on any to enlarge, save, and/or print. I think they are fabulous color references for all things creative.JSIM-colorwheels

The first one, The Hiler Color System, is my favorite, as it gives “emotional values” of the separate spectrum colors and “tabulates reaction of the average person to these hues when they are used in decoration”.JSIM-Hiler-ColorWheel-02  JSIM-Color-Chart-1-AJSIM-Color-Chart-1-B  JSIM-Color-Chart-2-AJSIM-Color-Chart-2-B

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42 Responses to Vintage Color Wheels & Charts

  1. #1 - Lori says:

    I absolutely love these color wheels. Oh to have the originals in my stash!! Thank you for sharing!!

  2. #2 - Celine says:

    These are great–thank you!

  3. #3 - Dorothy says:

    How thoughtful, thank you!

  4. #4 - Finola Prescott says:

    Thanks for sharing! great resource

  5. #5 - Ali B. says:

    The second set is just brilliant! I’ve pinned it, of course.

  6. Thanks! These are beautiful as well as useful…

  7. #7 - Sandy W says:

    Thank you for taking time to share. These are delightful!

  8. #8 - Carole RB says:

    Thanks a bunch

  9. #9 - Tanya Buffington says:

    thank you..ive been needing these for some time…thank you so much!

  10. #10 - Cinthea Martinsen says:

    Thank you so much for this post! While I’ve been blessed with needle & thread talents, color on the other hand… not so much! This will help me so very much. Thank you again, Aunt Cindi!

  11. #11 - Rita McCart says:

    Thank you so much for the color charts, they are always useful. 🙂

  12. #12 - Mona says:

    These are just great. Thank you for sharing

  13. #13 - Terry says:

    Thank you for sharing – cannot have to many resources for designing quilts #!}

  14. #14 - Sue Gray says:

    Thank you for posting this !! I Haven’t had one like this for years & glad to see & have again !! I now have it again thanks to you !! <3

  15. #15 - Darlene Krystal says:

    Thank you…those are great… can easily be turned into fabric blocks….have a great quilting day….

  16. #16 - Kelly Luna says:

    These are wonderful – thank you so much!!

  17. #17 - Cheryl says:

    Thank you for sharing! I especially like to the older version!

  18. #18 - Judy Clarke says:

    these colour wheels are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing.

  19. #19 - Sue Smith says:

    Thank you so much for sharing, what a wonderful gift.

  20. #20 - Naylorli says:

    I just wanted to thank you so much for providing the color wheels and allowing us to copy them!!!

  21. #21 - patricia says:

    Thank you for the vintage colour wheels they are so useful

  22. #22 - steve wallet says:

    I am researching Hilare Hiler and his color theories, as part of my research on Hiler’s LA studio designed by RM Schindler.

    I am thrilled to see his color wheel on your site. Could you email me all the text that is on it/came with it?

    Thank you very much!

  23. #23 - Louie Reyes says:

    You are so wonderful! thank you for sharing this!!!

  24. #24 - says:

    hello – could i trouble you for even larger files of the color wheels
    I would love to use them in a movie im decorating
    let me know how i might compensate you for your time
    kris moran

  25. #25 - linda statham says:

    thank you for shareing these colour chart out
    they should help me a lot . so thanks again
    take care hugs linda

  26. #26 - Cynthia Volkers says:

    I am so very thrilled to locate this vintage color wheels and color charts and then for free! Yeah! However, for some reason I cannot get them to down load. Are they still available as a PDF? I appreciate any help you can pass along.


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  28. #27 - Linda Fiegel says:

    Thanks….love the charts.

  29. #28 - susi soler says:

    saw you on facebook..loved the color wheels!
    Freezing in Ohio! I used to live in San Rafael and Santa Rosa, as well as down south in Oceanside. I miss CA terribly!
    LOve your “header”(at top of page) Im not a computer person so I dont know what it’s called 🙂
    WHERE did you find the antique color wheels?

  30. #29 - Cathy vJ in MA says:

    Hi Cathe,

    These color wheels and palettes are great! Thanks for sharing them!

    Cathy von Jess

  31. #30 - Jeanine says:

    Wow Cathe I am so glad I found your web space here! These are amazing especially to hang near our kids creative station thank you SOO much

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  33. #31 - Mary Ruth says:

    Love seeing these color wheels! Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

  34. #32 - Tasha Lulabelle says:

    These are fabulous! Thank You for sharing!

  35. #33 - verona H. mccord says:

    you have helped me in getting color”s the right way THANKS

  36. #34 - Eimear says:

    Thanks so much! These will help me greatly with a project i am working on!

  37. #35 - Diana Langley says:

    Is it possible to purchase your color charts? I have no way to copy them.
    Thank you,

  38. #36 - Marianne says:

    This is a very useful addition to my art projects. Thanks

  39. #38 - Chantal says:

    Hello Cathe, I want to paint my bedroom and I have a lamp and chair that are turquoise. I want it to have a beachy feel, serene, what color would you suggest I paint the walls?

  40. #39 - Robyn Cyer says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share! I’m just getting into Mosaic Art and these are exactly what I need for the planning phase. Thank you and God Bless!

  41. #40 - Brian says:


    I have one of these, What do you think it is worth?
    I am planning on putting it up on ebay but would like to connect with one of your interested site friends so it will find a good home..

    What do you think….I can send you some photos