A method and system is provided for creating a display and generating images. Creating the display includes receiving a transmissive display component over an emissive display component and positioning each emissive display pixel with one or more transmissive display pixels creating a display surface capable of displaying color images. Displaying images on the display surface includes decomposing image data associated with the image into separate chrominance signal levels and luminance signal levels, displaying the representation of the chrominance signal levels of the image by driving emissive display pixels in correspondence to the chrominance characteristic of the image, generating the representation of the luminance signal levels for display through the emissive display pixels of the emissive display component and filtering the displayed representation of the luminance signal level using transmissive display pixels in accordance with the luminance characteristics of the image.