default color scheme in `Histogram` in version 10 [duplicate]

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I need to use the default scheme of Histogram in version 10 but cannot get this information.
I know the default scheme used in Plot-like functions is ColorData[97], but it seems Histogram uses a different one.
I tried Options which didn’t help too much.

Can someone offer a hint?



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Thanks to the method here, with a minor modification for charts, we can get the answer as follows:

chartColors::usage=”plotColors[plotType,plotTheme] gives a list of the colors used in a plot when several curves are drawn. Here plotType is, for example, Plot or ListLogPlot while plotTheme may be \”Scientific\”, \”Classic\” etc.”;


The output is:

I then tried to look for the name/code of this scheme (something like ColorData[97]) but didn’t get anything.

As @JasonB pointed out, the only difference between ColorData[97] and the default colour scheme of Histogram is the yellow colours and their sequence:


The output is:

I cannot understand why WR would break the consistency in default colour schemes of plots/charts functions, in particular the change in colour sequence.



Look at the output of Thread[{chartColors[Histogram, “Default”] , ColorData[97] /@ Join[{2, 1}, Range[3, 15]]}], it looks like they just switch the first two colors, but it isn’t quite true. That yellow color for the histogram is slightly different than the default second plotting color.
– JasonB
Aug 12 at 14:19



Yes, @JasonB, the change in colour is minimal. And I don’t understand why WR would change the sequence.
– sunt05
Aug 12 at 16:10



Merely a guess, but perhaps this scheme was hard-coded before ColorData[97] was defined? Or perhaps someone in charge of Histogram thought that 97 needed adjustment and slipped this in?
– Mr.Wizard♦
Aug 13 at 21:34



Anyway, this consistency devalues the beauty of Mathematica to me.
– sunt05
Aug 13 at 21:39



I am afraid I cannot help you see Mathematica as more beautiful, but you can modify the Histogram colors if you like, to use ColorData[97] instead. Would you like help with that?
– Mr.Wizard♦
Aug 14 at 16:05