Using Color Schemes in Revit
Often times communicating the building program can difficult without leveraging helpful graphics and supplemental tables. Color Schemes are an underutilized tool in Revit that can help us graphically communicate relationships between Rooms.
For example, you can create a color scheme by department, by room area or even occupancy type.
To use Color Schemes you must have rooms or spaces defined in your project. To apply a color scheme to a view, simply go to the Properties palette and click color schemes.
The out of the box architectural template from Autodesk has the Name and Department color schemes pre-built. You can easily create custom color schemes for any one of eleven room parameters.
Once the color scheme has been applied to the view, you'll want to add a color fill legend to the view. You can find the tool on the Annotate tab.
As you add values to the parameter used by a color scheme in your view, Revit will automatically assign a new color for the value and add it to the color fill legend.
If you find that you do not like the automatically selected colors in the scheme, you can easily the edit the scheme and customize the colors.
Color Schemes can also be used with spaces in the MEP models. In fact there is a much larger selection of parameters that can be used out of the box with Color Schemes.
As you can see Color Schemes can very easily be leveraged to communicate a wide array of information in project models. They are highly customizable and can be used to create high impact data rich visuals.