Thursday, February 11, 2010
I'm intrigued with color and color combinations. I assume you would know that because of my profession of dyeing. Anthropologie has a new line of clothing that they've named "Tone on Tone" neutrals. Being a person that loves earth colors I was drawn to these neutrals: Toffee & Olive, Stone & Sand, Peach & Linen, Blush & Ivory, Smoke & Buff. It led me to contemplate color names and naming colors. Conjuring up colors without naming them red, green, blue. Boring and vague. If someone named a green coat "grass" would you envision green or would the color need to say green, "grass green"?
I'm sitting in Sweet Peas as I write this eating banana/Nutella buckwheat crepes (my reward after pilates). I wonder if I dyed some fabric and named the color "Nutella" would you know it is a chocolate brown? Of course I guess I could run into copyright/trademark issues if I were to use Nutella but it's the kind of name that would be more descriptive to me than "brown".
Are these color names more evocative to you or confusing? Do you "get" the color? I like naming things, I like that it's a luna moth colored scarf rather than pale greenish!
Color name possibilities that have made my list:
Reds: brick, russet, cardinal, chili, fire
Greens: celadon, olive, pine, luna moth, khaki drab
Blues: teal, robin's egg, indigo, ocean, gun metal, (Nina's blue)
Yellows: spicy mustard, yolk, sun, wheat
Browns: chestnut, cedar, Nutella, chocolate, raisin, coffee
Neutrals: sand, taupe, cream, linen, vanilla, sugar, smoke, charcoal, stone
Oranges: salmon, peach, melon, coral, persimmon
What color names would be on your list?