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
  • 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
  • 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

This entry was posted in Writing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Colors

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

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: If Wishes Were Dresses … Festive Dressing Decision Time – High Heels in the Wilderness

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.