Unless you're an artist or a decorator, you probably don't think much about paint colors. Everything comes ready-made or easily mixed to order. It wasn't always so easy. This article explains how some colors had to be specially invented for artists.
How does one go about "inventing" colors? Interesting question! The issue is explored in Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World by Simon Garfield [B PER]. Mauve is a biography of chemist Sir William Henry Perkin. There is a lot of science involved in inventing color!
If you wish to learn more about color, we have a number of items for you to borrow including ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book about Color by Jude Stewart [155.911 STE] or Interaction of Color by Josef Albers [701.85 ALB].