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Find the Perfect Hue with This Handy Color Thesaurus

Kevin Whipps March 31, 2021 · 1 min read

If you’re a color addict, then you know the struggles of picking the perfect color. How do you put into words that exact shade you’re looking for? Well, you need a color thesaurus. If only something like that existed. Oh wait — it does? Yup, and here it is.
Ingrid Sundberg is a writer and artist based in California who has spent some time doing children’s books. She even just finished her first novel. Sundberg came up with the Color Thesaurus back in 2014, and as she wrote in a blog post, “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.” So she created the Color Thesaurus, and here we are. She’s even working on a poster of the project, too.

This is a great start. Now we just need to pair these with some more obscure hex codes and Pantone shades, and we’ll be all set.

Kevin Whipps is a writer and editor based in Phoenix, Arizona. When he’s not working on one of the many writing projects in his queue, he’s designing stickers with his wife at Whipps Sticker Co.

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  • While this is a handy tool - it seems like some of the colors she has depicted are not what we have traditionally known them as. Specifically; Mauve, Amber, Umber, and Sapphire to start. Those names have some pretty well known hues attributed to them and these seem way off. I'd be interested to know how she is basing this naming convention. I also think that if this were for designers that some color numbering would be included (RGB, CMYK, Pantone, etc). Great Idea :) I just question the execution a touch. 6 years ago
  • I love this. In addition to pairing with HEX and Pantone shades, I would love to see them in a color wheel. Thank you for sharing. 6 years ago
  • Agree with Amber on this. (Though I think Umber isn't far off, I think of the Crayola crayon Raw Umber). Mauve, Amber, Sapphire as well as Peach and Salmon which seem almost switched... Peacock and Sapphire are closer to each other as well. 6 years ago
  • Excellent article about colors names, you can find the hex on w3c or opening the images with Photoshop colors inspect. 4 years ago
  • I love it and find it very useful, although it's hard to believe that the orange range doesn't include pumpkin and the green is void of kelly. 4 years ago