After years of shopping (and talking), I’ve learned that there are some people who see green and others who see lime, pine, seafoam, chartreuse, emerald, and moss. Personally, I love using off-beat color descriptors, not to try and make people go “huh?,” but just because they give rich shades what they deserve: a special moniker that really specifies what we’re seeing.
Writer Ingrid Sundberg must be of a similar persuasion: She shared a gorgeous project on her blog in which she collected and organized all the various colors within a color. It’s gotta be mind-blowing for anyone who’s never thought that there could be 60 unique names for colors in the orange-yellow fam.
(With Ingrid’s help, I’m ID’ing the fantastic shades seen in this Roberto Cavalli dress as way more than pink and green. You’re looking at fuchsia, parakeet, candy, and sangria, to name just a few).
“I love to stop in the paint section of a hardware store and find new names for red or white or yellow,” she wrote in the post that accompanies the chart. “I can paint a more evocative image in my reader’s mind if I describe a character’s hair as the color of rust or carrot-squash, rather than red.”
While Ingrid’s intentions are pretty noble and high-brow, it’s totally OK if your color interests have a bit more to do with personal retail therapy. Shopping will take on a whole new dimension if you immediately know what “shale” means when you see it listed as a color option.