Thursday, May 17, 2012

Writing Exercise: Color List - Beige

I haven't done the color list exercise in a while, mainly because I thought I had covered all the main colors already. For the uninitiated, the idea of the color list is to come up with ways to evoke a color without mentioning the color itself since one of the challenges of writing effective descriptions is getting the color just right. So far we've done purple, white, gray, brown, orange, red, green, pink, blue, yellow, and black.

But now it occurred to me that I had forgotten one color for which I often look for descriptions, namely that color that a bedding catalog might call anything from tan to natural to linen to flax. I personally call it beige but that's probably a rather European term. So I pose the challenge to you to come up with different adjectives or nouns that conjure this color that lies between white and brown.

Here's my list so far, please contribute:

beige
flax
linen
natural
oatmeal
tan

8 comments:

  1. Ooh, this is a tough one! I'll have to think about it.

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  2. Wheat
    sand
    grocery bag (maybe that's brown)
    snail
    sand dollar

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  3. Dunescape
    Neutral
    Puce (literally, "flea-colored" - my Dad's standard answer when asked his favorite color!)
    Bamboo
    Vanilla cream

    Fun lists!

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  4. Camel
    Mushroom
    Taupe
    Kraft paper
    Dun
    Shell
    Ecru
    Putty

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  5. Everybody's list is terrific.

    Khaki, dust on my fireplace, light switches - I keep coming up with ideas that are that color. Great exercise.
    j

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  6. ha ha- funny that you chose this colour- just today I was choosing a matting for a picture I was framing- and it was beige--

    as always I come late and everyone has taken my words :)....I'm thinking...desert sand...

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  7. cream
    coffee
    latte
    mocha
    sandstone
    dust?

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  8. Anjuli had my suggestion for the toughest challenge ever!

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