Need color names that inspire?
Wish you had a color thesaurus?
If you’re in search of more creative color names than the basic “red” or “blue,” you’re in luck! Here’s a cool color names infographic by Ingrid Sundberg.
I know you love color, so I wanted to share it with you!
She’s come up with 20 different shades of white… as well as
- 20 shades of tan with names
- 20 color names for yellow
- 20 other names for orange color
- 20 deep, bright, and light red color names
- 20 shades of pink color names
- 20 other names for purple color tones
- 20 blue color shades with names
- 20 green color names and swatches
- 20 different brown color names
- 20 color names for gray shades and tints
- and 20 blacks – or names for black, anyway! Most appear to be the same inky hue.
240 colors and names in all!
And not the eye-popping, fluorescent, old-school web 1.0 shades of color you’ll find on many sites.
These are pretty and inspiring for creatives, like writers, artists, and fashion designers.
Ingrid has purple hair – or perhaps I should say amethyst! She’s a YA writer and children’s book illustrator who says:
One of my ongoing word collections is of colors. I love to stop in the paint section of a hardware store and find new names for red or white or yellow.
Having a variety of color names at my fingertips helps me to create specificity in my writing. 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.
From The Color Thesaurus by Ingrid Sundberg.
So let’s get evocative with these creative color names!
20 best color names for white
20 color name ideas for tan
- sugar cookie
- sand dollar
20 fun color names for yellow
- tuscan sun
20 awesome color names for orange
20 great color names for red
20 prettiest color names for pink
- ballet slipper
- hot pink
20 sophisticated color names for purple
Lots of baby names in this one! Mauve, Violet, Iris and Heather.
This is my favorite color panel! What’s yours?
20 cool color names for blue
20 funky color names for green
Some good baby names in here too! My granddaughter is named Fern 🙂
Other good names are Sage, Basil, and Olive.
20 unique color names for brown
20 elegant color names for gray
20 amazing color names for black
How’s your eye for color? These are definitely hard to differentiate!
- jet black
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This color thesaurus was originally published September 2015 and updated in 2019 and 2020.