Colors

So it really bothered me that this post on Tumblr had a lot of interesting color words, but without any actual links or images, so I decided to add to it and include swatches for reference, and add some additional colors, as well, both from here, and from my own knowledge.  I really like using specific color terms, even if they’re not very well-known.  Plus, I feel that especially obscure colors can help to create a sense of uncanniness by using completely unknown references.  So, to help people out, please find a bunch of cool colors below.  Enjoy!

If you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments and I’ll add them.

  • albicant: whitish; becoming whiteAlbicant
  • amaranthine: immortal; undying; deep purple-red colourAmaranth
  • aubergine: eggplant; a dark purple colourAubergine
  • azure: light or sky blue; the heraldic colour blueAzure
  • cafe au lait: coffee with milkCafe au Lait
  • celadon: pale green; pale green glazed potteryCeladon

  • cerulean: sky-blue; dark blue; sea-greenCerulean
  • chartreuse: yellow-green colourChartreuse
  • cinnabar: red crystalline mercuric sulfide pigment; deep red or scarlet colourCinnabar
  • citrine: dark greenish-yellowCitrine
  • coquelicot: the orange-red of the poppy flowerCoquelicot
  • coral: an orange-pinkColor
  • eburnean: of or like ivory; ivory-colouredEburnean
  • erythraean: reddish colourErythraean
  • falu: a deep redFalu
  • flavescent: yellowish or turning yellowFlavescent
  • greige: of a grey-beige colourGreige
  • haematic: blood colouredHaematic
  • heliotrope: purplish hue; purplish-flowered plant; ancient sundial; signalling mirrorHeliotrope
  • hoary: pale silver-grey colour; grey with ageHoary
  • indigo: blue-purpleIndigo
  • isabelline: greyish yellowIsabelline
  • jacinthe: orange colourJacinthe
  • jade: a vivid, mineral greenJade
  • kermes: brilliant red colour; a red dye derived from insectsKermes
  • livid: blue-grey; a dull leaden-blue color
    livid
  • lovat: grey-green; blue-greenLovat
  • madder: red dye made from brazil wood; a reddish or red-orange colourMadder
  • mauve: light bluish purpleMauve
  • mazarine: rich blue or reddish-blue colourMazarine
  • puce: a purple-brownPuce
  • russet: reddish brownRusset
  • sable: black; dark; of a black colour in heraldrySable
  • saffron: orange-yellowSaffron
  • sarcoline: flesh-colouredSarcoline
  • smaragdine: emerald greenSmaragdine
  • tilleul: pale yellowish-greentilleul
  • titian: red-gold, reddish brownTitian
  • turquoise: blue-greenTurquoise
  • ultramarine: a deep blue originally derived from lapis lazuliUltramarine
  • vermilion: bright redVermilion
  • viridian: chrome greenViridian
  • xanthic: yellowXanthic
  • zaffre: a deep blue obtained from roasting cobalt ore
    Zaffre
  • zinnober: chrome greenZinnober

And lastly, a few collections of shades.  There’s some overlap, but not a significant amount.

Shades of Blue Shades of Brown Shades of Green Shades of Orange Shades of Purple Shades of Red Shades of Yellow

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One Response to Colors

  1. Love this post – I always get confused with greens…”is this colour jade or evergreen”? : )

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