Diverging Color Schemes

Diverging schemes allow the emphasis of a quantitative data display to be progressions outward from a critical midpoint of the data range. A typical diverging scheme pairs sequential schemes based on two different hues so that they diverge from a shared light color, for the critical midpoint, toward dark colors of different hues at each extreme. Deviations above and below the median death rate from a disease, for example, are well represented by a diverging color scheme.

Diverging Color Examples

Diverging Color Schemes: Munsell Charts

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