The colored tessellation above illustrates the most straight-forward common coloring technique: color all the shapes of a particular type the same color. For example, all hexagons in the tessellation above are colored purple, all squares are colored white, and all equilateral triangles are colored yellow.
Another coloring technique is to use the same color to fill entire
regions that you wish to emphasize. In this technique, you pay
less attention to the kind of shapes you are coloring but more attention to the overall shape that you create with color. Consider
the following examples:
Yet another technique is to cycle colors in a predictable manner.
This technique is similar to the last one described in that little
attention is given to the coloring of types of shapes. Instead,
opportunities to use cycles of colors are sought. Consider the
A last technique that will be mentioned is to remove the outline
of the shapes. Throughout this site, the black outline remains
in the tessellations, but this is done only for instructional
purposes. When the outlines are removed, the resulting tessellations
can be very striking. (Note, however, that adjacent shapes of
the same color may merge into a single shape after removing the
outline.) Consider the following example:
The examples on this page should give you some insight into the many ways tessellations can be colored. It should also raise your curiosity. In fact, if you review the images on this page, you will notice that each is a different coloring of the same tessellation! So, in addition to the infinite number of ways you can create and modify tessellations, you also have an infinite number ways to color them!
This section was not meant to be a comprehensive introduction to colors (see the web links below for more information). Enough background information has been provided in order for you to make new discoveries in coloring tessellations. Of course, the most important thing to do is to experiment yourself!