Remember “the dress” that looked gold-and-white to some people, and blue-and-black to others? This is kind of like that, but with three colors. And no one’s arguing. Everyone sees all three . . .
An interior designer named Otelia Carmen posted a series of TikTok videos after she bought a winter hat that she THOUGHT was green. But when she got home, it looked RED under her living room lights. But that wasn’t the actual color either.
She posted a video showing how it looks red under the lights in her living room. But when she walks to her bedroom, it switches to green!
@oteliacarmen Why lighting should be just as important as color/material selections!! #interiordesign #learnontiktok #designertips #colortheory #shopwithme ♬ Do It To It – ACRAZE
In a second video, she walks outside, and the hat suddenly looks brown in the sun. Which is the actual color.
@oteliacarmen Reply to @shaunmacl The magic hat in natural daylight, not what I expected 😅 #colortheory #metamerism #dayinmylife #shopwithme #STEMtok ♬ Stuck in the Middle – Tai Verdes
Some people thought the video was doctored. But there’s a term for what’s happening. It’s called “metamerism.”
According Merriam-Webster.com, metamerism is “the identical visual appearance of two colors that have different physical or spectral compositions : the condition of being metameric in color.”
@oteliacarmen Reply to @mama_foxx87 Explaing the color changing hat, but I still have questions 😅 #learnontiktok #colortheory #metamerism #stemtok #interiordesign ♬ original sound – Art + Design