May 4, 2011

The Color List . . . For Reference!

Oh my goodness, I can't count the number of times I have found myself working on a listing and thinking, "there has got to be a better color name for this than just 'red'" or some other color of my item I'm posting to Etsy. I think putting color names in tags is pretty important as a seller, because 1. the more specific you are, the more likely that a person will be able to find your item and 2. many treasury makers (including myself) often times start their treasury based on a very specific color. (i.e. garnet instead of dark red) Does that makes sense?

I wanted to post this specifically for other sellers who, like me, sometimes spend way too long thinking of the perfect color name for an item! Well, here's what I've been using to sometimes jog my memory. I can take no credit for this so don't thank me, THANK WIKIPEDIA!! hahah!

ADDITIONALLY, years ago when I used to sell on ebay, this list was SO incredibly helpful when writing descriptions and title names. Believe me, both of these reference lists beat keeping a 64 crayola crayon pack at your desk pulling out each - one by one to find the right color name,  ;)

Hope some of you can get some use out of this!

Fine art photo by ElsieAdams on Etsy.
click on the links below to see possible names for the following shades.

Shades of Red

Shades of Orange

Shades of Yellow

Shades of Chartreuse

Shades of Green

Shades of Cyan

Shades of Blue

Shades of Violet (Purple)

Shades of Pink

Shades of Brown

Shades of Gray

Shades of White


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this!! I was literally using the crayola color list online! bahahaha..that is too funny :) xo

  2. hahaha! Oh, that's great, Tawnya! I actually have yet to see that site you speak of. So happy this list can be of use to you. :)

  3. Nice. Much more glamorous than boring old "red" lol!

  4. Yes, the wiki sites are super-helpful! I use them all the time for finding the perfect shade name. There's also this fun little tool, which I occasionally use:

  5. thanks for sharing!
    im always on the search for different names!


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