Did you know that before colors had names, they were referred to by essence? Black may have been called dull, dead, or dreary; while yellow may have been lively or loud.*
Of course, now we have names for our basic colors, but look inside a clothes catalogue or visit an art store, and new color names are splashed about:
Peanut shell, burlap, robin’s egg, yam, celery, lipstick…
As writers, we are forever looking for fresh ways to describe the world. What better way to focus our lenses than to add nuance to the color wheel?
This week, dear writers, invent a new color name. Please give us the name, as well as a description of its essence. Here’s an example: Pinewood is the color of a warm welcome in late Autumn, with the smell of biscuits wafting from the oven.
Look at these paint samples
for more inspiration. And be sure to read Emma Sue and Angelina Nguyen's brilliant color descriptions of German mousse
and piano keys
* The Origin of Color