Understanding the Color Seasons’ Names in ColorBreeze

28 August 2019

I’ve mentioned in my book that some color analysis companies are moving away from ‘seasonal’ names. Instead of, say, Deep Winter, they call it “Winter, Clear, Deep”.

Some people just come up with their own system entirely.

I embrace the seasonal names.

And here’s why: they match beautifully to the north American weather seasons. And when someone can associate something with nature, that is powerful.

Everyone can picture some variation of the photos below when any of the four seasons are mentioned.


This is why I am sticking with the traditional seasonal names.

With my much more advanced ColorBreeze System, I did need to add a few more names to some of the newer seasons.

But here is advice on how to decipher the newer 3-adjective named seasons: Read the name from right to left.

For the Sunlit Soft Summer for example, the most important aspect of it is that it is first and foremost a Summer. So, we know it’s main season.

Next is the fact that its dominant trait is “Soft”. I view my ColorBreeze System as an offshoot of the 12 seasons. So, this is why in my training I do say that you will need a good understanding of that system to understand the advancements that arose from it. The Soft Summer and Soft Autumn were split into a lighter and darker version. And then those were split into all-cool or all-warm versions or those with blended temperatures.

The next name is “Sunlit”. Sunlit means what kind of soft summer it is. Sunlit means that this soft summer (whose 3 main characteristics that Munsell talks about is always cool, light, and muted) is also lighter than the other soft summer (vs. the darker soft summer which is “toasted”) and it has some visible warmth. This warmth is usually seen in the eyes and hair but can be seen on one skin with a slightly warm overtone.

Here is a photo that illustrates the concept (I do like visuals 😊)


“Backlit” is a term where the sun is behind the subject. In this example, it adds some sunlit highlights to her hair. I like this photo because it illustrates beautifully the “touch of warmth” that is often seen in these Summers.

Technically, the lady above is a Smokey Soft Summer (Ok, maybe not the best photo to illustrate my point but it does illustrate that ‘touch of softness’). And because I know I will have a few people write me to ask me her season, or to inform me that she seems much deeper than a Sunlit Soft Summer, I will explain why she is a Smokey Soft Summer.

Her overall value, especially her eyes, are deeper than lighter. I don’t see much visible warmth in her. She is facing against the light this could be why I don’t see any warmth too.

Anyway, back to names

Reading the name of the season from right to left will explain its main season and then it’s sub-season.

Here are a few more tricks in understanding the new ColorBreeze seasons and their names:

The lighter soft seasons will be called: Sunlit or Dusty; the deeper seasons will be Toasted or Smokey.

There are no ‘toasted springs’ because spring is a light season. There is only Sunlit Winters because Winters are deep in value. However, you will find all four in both the Summers and Autumns, because those two main seasons run the gamut of both lighter and darker Soft seasons.

Hope this all makes sense. If not, remember to just step back a level if it gets too confusing. If you find ColorBreeze too much, go back to the 12 seasons.

But I promise once you study and are very familiar with this system, you will start to see those other sub-seasons in the ColorBreeze System.