Brown

September 27, 2009 | 12 Comments |

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see brown?
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Brown is the color of earth. Brown is strongly associated with the material world and foundations. It evokes qualities like, grounded, down to earth, practicality, dependability, solidity, health. It’s thought of as wholesome, a precondition or support of fertility. It’s neutral with a hint of warmth, almost inert – lighter and more casual than black. Despite the fact that it is found year round, it is strongly associated with autumn. Although it comes in a dizzying array of permutations, encompassing most warm colors with low levels of saturation from near white to near black, it is nonetheless perceived as simple. It’s the color of skin.

Classic images

earth
earth architecture
earthenware
skin
wood
coffee
chocolate
nuts
spices
feces

Expressions

brown out
brown nose

Language

auburn, bay, beige, bottle, bronze, brunette, burnt sienna, burnt umber, chestnut, chocolate, cinnamon, cocoa, ginger, hazel, khaki, liver, mahogany, nut, nutmeg, oak, ochre, russet, sand, tan, taupe, terra-cotta, toast, umber

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  • jahartford

    organic, woods, dirt, mahogany

  • earthy
    chocolate
    mocha
    worms
    dirt/mud
    mud bath-healing
    cookies
    home

  • This color evokes a sense of oldness for me; antique; tobacco.

  • This color evokes in me a sense of oldness; antique; a time gone by; tobacco.

  • Brown represents earthy, manifestation, hidden treasure, sum total, raw, counter-part, creation

  • trace

    chocolate, yes!!!, rich earth, loam, adobe, home

  • Mr. Muskrat

    dirt
    manure
    chocolate
    tree bark
    wooden furniture

  • chocolate
    misery/depression
    Italians always wear brown shoes with blue suits!
    down/under/below
    low energy

  • Julia

    burnt sienna crayon, rich polished wood, autumn, warm amber beads, new mexican stucco, mud puddles, happiness

  • RJZ

    Earth, richness, warmth, soil, fertile, autumn

  • chocolate chips
    chocolate ice cream
    fall
    winter
    dry
    desert
    dirt
    wood
    bark
    earthy

  • Michelle

    Coffee
    cokes
    Tea
    DIRT
    Summer when you get a TAN !
    Leather
    PineCones
    A Penny
    Pecans
    CHOCOLATE CHIPS 🙂
    Stained and Scored Concrete Floors
    Bark of a tree
    Peanuts
    Leaves Turning Brown
    An Apple Turning Brown from getting old!

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