Introduction to colour specification:
Manufacturers often use quite emotive words to describe their colour ranges as a way of differentiating, or adding appeal. But when you select colours from a printed brochure or a website you may not get what you expect. Here the laminate samples have an NCS reference as well as a name. It saves a lot of time gathering samples together if you have a clear idea of the colour you'll receive......
This is particularly so if you are trying to match colours precisely. Imagine trying to put these samples together without a colour standard. Many manufacturers reference their colour ranges to NCS or use NCS as a reliable colour standard for matching. All the main coatings companies offer NCS colours.
What do we mean by lilac?Even when we're using everyday colour names, one person's idea of the colour can be quite different from the next person. Which of these matches your idea of lilac?
All the colour samples above could be described as lilac but they have quite different properties: they are lighter, pinker, more blue and so on.
TerracottaIn order to differentiate colours we often use names based on natural things, such as lilac and terracotta. Each of these coloured sheets could be described as terracotta, but when we see them together we have difficulty expressing the difference in words.
Berlin & Kaye researchBerlin & Kaye's research states that we have only 11 unambiguous colour terms in English: White, Black, Grey, Yellow, Red, Blue, Green, Brown, Pink, Orange, Purple.
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