My Favorite Color Theory Books

My Favorite Color Theory Books

Affiliate Disclaimer: There may be affiliate links in this post. This means that I may receive a small commission if you purchase a product through a link shared here. I only recommend products that I have tried and loved! 


The Secret Lives of Color

This is one of my favorite books to flip through- it lives on my desk at all times. Kassia St. Clair explores different shades and hues and explores the fun history behind some of our favorite colors. If you've ever wondered why we use bubblegum pink in visitor's locker rooms- this is the book for YOU!

Get it on Amazon



The Color Bible

By Laura Perryman 

This is another must-have for graphic designers & creatives. In this book, Laura Perryman explores the basics of color theory (this is an AMAZING book for self-taught designers) and the history behind some of the most popular colors. 12/10 stars! 

Get it on Amazon



Color Scheme

By Edith Young 

This is one of the first books I found that explores the art of building color palettes. Edith Young explores the history of color palettes in art, culture, and entertainment. For example- one page explores all of the different color shirts that Pete Davidson wore while he appeared on SNL's Weekend Update. This book is fun and whimsical. Big fan! 


Get it on Amazon


Color: A Visual History from Newton to Modern Color Matching Guides 

By Smithsonian Books

This is a deep book that explores the history & science behind the concept of 'color'. It's a Smithsonian Book, so you can expect tons of gorgeous images and fun historical facts. This is a great way to make yourself familiar with the scientific discoveries related to color and how humanity's understanding of color has evolved over the centuries. This is a PERFECT coffee table book for graphic designers and color nerds. 


Get it on Amazon



Secret Language of Color: Science, Nature, History, Culture, Beauty of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, & Violet

by Joann Eckstut and Arielle Eckstut

I would describe this book using two words: fun facts. This book is FULL of fun facts about color history- particularly related to the ROYGBIV colors. If you're interested in the science, history, and cultural relationship to these colors- this is an amazing book full of gorgeous imagery and fun facts. PRO TIP: if you take the cover off of the book, you've got a beautiful rainbow coffee table book.   

Get it on Amazon




Color, Form, and Magic: Use the Power of Aesthetics for Creative and Magical Work

By Nicole Pivirotto 

If you're a fan of the connection of the creative and magical worlds- this is a PERFECT book for you. This book explores the history and signifance behind some of the more common colors (like blue, green, etc.) and the meaning behind some of our most commonly used shapes and forms (like circles, squares, spirals, eyes, suns, etc.). It's a REALLY beautiful book with silver foil accents- this is one of the prettiest books on my shelf. 

Get it on Amazon

Back to blog


an easy tool to create perfect, ready-to-use color palettes ☺

.... in 60 seconds or less!

1 of 2