Five Descriptive Color Resources for Writers

Do you need fresh words to describe color in your writing? Let these resources inspire you.


The Phrontistery‘s list of 168 color adjectives matched with definitions will stir your senses with entries like albicant: whitish, becoming white; fuliginous: sooty, dusky, soot-colored, of or pertaining to soot; and castory: brown, a dye derived from beaver pelts.


Wordnik,the ultimate word-list resource, has more than 30,000 lists contributed by readers. Chromonyms lists words defined as color nouns: almond, gypsy, starling, mocha; Chromonyms 2 names colors composed of two or more words: old ivory, London brown, beef’s blood; Color Adjectives includes  fresh color words like plumbeous, strawish,  and empurpled.


Name That Color and Color Name and Hue are two similar and clever resources that allow you to choose a hue, hover your cursor over a color palate, and see a color name associated with the color. Rodeo Dust, Ce Soir Violet, Cloud Burst.


Behr Virtual Color Center, as well as other paint manufacturers, bring color samples to you online. Behr allows you to click on various color swatches to see the color and its name. Herbal Mist, Wistful Beige, Frosted Lemon.


Color Wheel Pro—Color Meaning is a resource that includes the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, black and suggests thoughts and feelings and other information related to those colors. Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness. 
 Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.


A word of caution: Use color symbolism carefully when you write. Besides having different meanings for different people based on their cultures or where they live, different combinations have different meanings. Choose wisely.

Bonus site: Design Seeds. A site for those who love colors. Allow the pictures and color palates on this site inspire your creativity.

Have fun!

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Filed under Fun, Inspiration, Uncategorized, unusual words, words, Writer's Block

3 responses to “Five Descriptive Color Resources for Writers

  1. These look like great resources, Jean! Thanks so much for sharing them. Looking forward to checking them out. 🙂

  2. great resources – thanks jean!

  3. Ooo, I love this kind of stuff. Thanks, Jean.

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