Color Terms

Floral Architecture
Sun, 19 Sep 2004 06:56:36 PDT
I have been having a round about discussion with my
aunts about aqua. They are all convinced that it is
green. Even though the carpet right next to it (that
some blind designer believes coordinated) is a green.
To me, the aqua in question is more of a wedgewood

Correct me if I am wrong but does aqua not mean water?
And is water not blue (in most places)? 

As far as mauve, well, I used to have 2 bedrooms when
I grew up (the benefits of being a single child) that
was mauve. The other was dusty pink. But, we don't
need to go into that, it's a whole differnet story.
Anyway, the mauve, as described by the paint companies
was a plummy, dusky color. The bedspread was burgundy
and worked beautifully and almost matched. 

I think there is a whole spectrum of colors out there
that are being created by the paint, clothing,
designer, cosmetic industries to try to capture
potential buyers. Now, we all know when you pick out a
new color for your living room that toasted pumpkin is
a generally accepted and tangible color. But, things
like Faint Flicker and Souvenir are not real colors.
I've been trying to find specific colors in the paint
world for certain projects and melon, peach, apricot,
cobalt, green (just pure straight Green), etc. just
don't exist. There are many things close but they have
all been distorted. 

I would love to have an RHS color chart but last time
I checked, they are about $100. THis is a little more
than I want to spend on a reference that I will rarely

THe Clivia Society sells color charts but they are
related to colors that come in clivia only (red,
orange, and yellow/gold). It would be pretty useless
for Worsleyas, Griffinia, Brodiae, etc. 

John Ingram in L.A., CA. check it out
310.709.1613 (cell, west coast time, please call accordingly. Thank you)

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