Color Palette

The Town of Springdale has adopted a color palette to guide the selection of color for new structures and signage. In general, the Town allows a wide range of hue, but prohibits bright and saturated colors and very light colors.

Munsell Book of Color


The specific standards for color regulation are based on the Munsell Book of Color. The Munsell system classifies color based on three attributes: hue, chroma (saturation), and value (light reflective value). A copy of the Munsell Book of Color is available for review at the Town Office. Town staff can assist you in finding appropriate color ranges.

Although the Munsell system has existed for many years, it is new to many developers. This information is intended to demonstrate how the Town uses the system to regulate color.

Chroma & Value Ranges


The Munsell Book of Color is composed of 40 color pages. Each page represents one "hue." Individual colors are displayed on each hue page in a grid pattern with "chroma" on the horizontal axis and "value" on the vertical axis. Any hue in the Munsell system is acceptable, within the chroma and value ranges listed as follows:

  • Color ranges for all new building or structure construction, reconstruction, or expansion, and alterations or modifications of existing buildings and structures:
    • In Munsell hues BG (Blue-Green), B (Blue), PB (Purple-Blue), P (Purple), and RP (Red-Purple) acceptable color ranges are:
      • Values of three through seven if the proposed Chroma is one or two
      • Values of three through six if the proposed Chroma is four
    • In Munsell hues R (Red), YR (Yellow-Red), Y (Yellow), GY (Green-Yellow), and G (Green) acceptable color ranges are:
      • Values of three through seven if the proposed Chroma is one or two
      • Values of three through six if the proposed Chroma is four
      • Values of three through five if the proposed Chroma is six
      • Values of three through four if the proposed Chroma is eight
  • Color ranges for all new signage:
    • In all Munsell hues acceptable color ranges for all sign elements and sign areas, except copy, are:
      • Values of three through seven if the proposed Chroma is one, two, or four
      • Values of three through six if the proposed Chroma is six
      • Values of three through five if the proposed Chroma is eight
    • Acceptable colors for copy are:
      • White
      • Any color identified in section 10-17-4 (A)(2)(a)
      • Colors with Values of three through nine and Chromas of one or two in all Munsell hues
In addition to falling within these ranges, proposed colors must compliment the natural surroundings (see Town Code section 10-17-4 (B)).