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Beige

Beige
.
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #F5F5DC
sRGBB  (rgb) (245, 245, 220)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 0, 10, 4)
HSV       (h, s, v) (60°, 10%, 96%)
Source X11
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)
Beige is the French word for the color of natural wool. Freshly-sheared wool from the Royal Winter Fair.

Beige is a term used for a range of pale brownish or yellowish colors. It is variously described as a pale sandy fawn color,[1] a grayish tan,[2] a light-grayish yellowish brown, or a pale to grayish yellow.[3] It takes its name from French, where the word originally meant natural wool that has not been bleached nor dyed, and hence also the color of natural wool.[4][5] It has come to be used to describe a variety of light tints chosen for their neutral or pale warm appearance.

Beige was used as a color term in the modern sense in France beginning approximately 1855-60; the writer Edmond de Goncourt used it in the novel La Fille Elisa in 1877. The first recorded use of beige as a color name in English was in 1887.[6]

Beginning in the 1920s, the meaning of beige expanded so that it is now also used not only for pale yellowish-brown colors, but also for a wide range of pale brown and light brown shades. Some of more notable of these tints and shades are shown below.

Beige is notoriously difficult to produce in traditional offset CMYK printing due to the low levels of inks used on each plate; often it will print in purple or green and vary within a print run.

Contents

  • Variations of beige 1
    • Cosmic latte 1.1
    • Cream 1.2
    • Unbleached silk 1.3
    • Tuscan 1.4
    • Buff 1.5
    • Desert sand 1.6
    • Ecru 1.7
    • Khaki 1.8
    • Light French beige 1.9
    • French beige 1.10
    • Mode beige 1.11
  • In nature 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Variations of beige

Cosmic latte

Cosmic Latte
.
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #FFF8E7
sRGBB  (rgb) (255, 248, 231)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 2.7, 9.6, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v) (40°, 94%, 90%)
Source Internet
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Cosmic latte is a name assigned in 2002 to the average color of the universe (derived from a sampling of the electromagnetic radiation from 200,000 galaxies), given by a team of astronomers from Johns Hopkins University.

Cream

Cream
.
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #FFFDD0
sRGBB  (rgb) (255, 253, 208)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 1, 18, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v) (57°, 18%, 100%)
Source []
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Cream is the color of the cream produced by cattle grazing on natural pasture with plants rich in yellow carotenoid pigments, some of which are incorporated into the cream, to give a yellow tone to white.

The first recorded use of cream as a color name in English was in 1590.[7]

Unbleached silk

Unbleached Silk
.
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #FFDDCA
sRGBB  (rgb) (255, 221, 202)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 3, 21, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v) (22°, 21%, 100%)
Source JTC
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color unbleached silk is shown at right.

This color is one of the Japanese traditional colors in use since beginning in 660 CE in the form of various dyes that are used in designing kimonos.[8][9]

The name of this color in Japanese is shironeri.

Tuscan

Tuscan
.
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #FAD6A5
sRGBB  (rgb) (250, 214, 165)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 14, 31, 2)
HSV       (h, s, v) (35°, 34%, 98[10]%)
Source ISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Displayed at right is the color Tuscan.

The first recorded use of Tuscan as a color name in English was in 1887.[11]

Buff

Buff
.
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #F0DC82
sRGBB  (rgb) (240, 220, 130)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 8, 46, 6)
HSV       (h, s, v) (49°, 46%, 94%)
Source []
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Buff is a pale yellow-brown color that got its name from the color of buffed leather.[12]

Buff is the color of fine undyed leathers.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, buff as a descriptor of a color was first used in the London Gazette of 1686, describing a uniform to be "A Red Coat with a Buff-colour'd lining".[13]

Desert sand

Desert Sand
.
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #EDC9AF
sRGBB  (rgb) (237, 201, 175)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 17, 26, 8)
HSV       (h, s, v) (19°, 26%, 92[14]%)
Source Crayola
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color desert sand is displayed at right. It may be regarded as a deep shade of beige. It is a pale tint of a color called desert. The color name "desert" was first used in 1920.[15]

A "beige" AT&T telephone.

In the 1960s the American Telephone & Telegraph Company (AT&T) marketed desert sand colored telephones for offices and homes. However, they described the color as "beige". It is therefore common for many people to refer to the color desert sand as "beige".

Ecru

Ecru
.
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #C2B280
sRGBB  (rgb) (194, 178, 128)
HSV       (h, s, v) (45°, 34%, 76%)
Source ISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

The color ecru is displayed at right.

Originally in the 19th century and up to at least 1930, the color ecru meant exactly the same color as beige (i.e. the pale cream color shown above as beige),[16] and the word is often used to refer to such fabrics as silk and linen in their unbleached state. Ecru comes from the French word écru, which means literally 'raw' or 'unbleached'.

Since at least the 1950s, however, the color ecru has been regarded as a different color from beige, presumably in order to allow interior designers a wider palette of colors to choose from.[17]

Khaki

Khaki
.
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #C3B091
sRGBB  (rgb) (195, 176, 145)
HSV       (h, s, v) (37°, 26%, 76%)
Source HTML/CSS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed at right is the color khaki.

This is the web color called khaki in HTML/CSS.

The color shown at right matches the color designated as khaki in the 1930 book A Dictionary of Color, the standard for color nomenclature before the introduction of computers.

The first recorded use of khaki as a color name in English was in 1848.[18]

Light French beige

Beige (Pourpre.com)
.
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #C8AD7F
sRGBB  (rgb) (200, 173, 127)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 14, 37, 22)
HSV       (h, s, v) (38°, 37%, 78[19]%)
Source Pourpre.com
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Light French beige is the color called beige on the pourpre.com website, a color list widely popular in France.

French beige

French Beige
.
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #A67B5B
sRGBB  (rgb) (166, 123, 91)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 26, 45, 35)
HSV       (h, s, v) (26°, 45%, 65[20]%)
Source ISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

At right is displayed the color French beige.

The first recorded use of French beige as a color name in English was in 1927.[21]

The source of this color is the following website: ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955)--Color Sample of French beige (color sample #57)

Mode beige

Mode Beige
.
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #967117
sRGBB  (rgb) (150, 113, 23)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 24, 85, 41)
HSV       (h, s, v) (43°, 85%, 59[22]%)
Source ISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Mode beige is a very dark shade of beige.

Two other alternative names for this exact color are drab and sand dune,[23] in use, respectively, since 1686[24] and 1925.[25]

The first recorded use of mode beige as a color name in English was in 1928.[26]

The color mode beige is a masterpiece of rebranding—taking the color "drab", a color whose name had become a synonym for dullness, and remaking it into the exciting, fun color "mode beige".

In nature

Fish

See also

References

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary
  2. ^ Webster's New World Dictionary of the English Language, 1964
  3. ^ Macmillan On-Line Dictionary.
  4. ^ Le Petit Robert Dictionnaire.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Maerz and Paul (1930). A Dictionary of Colour. New York, McGraw-Hill, page 190; Color Sample of Beige: Page 45 Plate 11 Color Sample C2. The color shown above matches the color sample in the book.
  7. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 206; Color Sample of Cream: Page 41 Plate 9 Color Sample D4 The color shown above matches the color sample in the book.
  8. ^ Nagasaki, Seiki. Nihon no dentoshoku : sono shikimei to shikicho, Seigensha, 2001. ISBN 4-916094-53-0
  9. ^ Nihon Shikisai Gakkai. Shinpen shikisai kagaku handobukku, Tokyo Daigaku Shuppankai, 1985. ISBN 4-13-061000-7
  10. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #FAD6A5 (Tuscan):
  11. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 206; Color Sample of Tuscan: Page 43 Plate 10 Color Sample E5
  12. ^
  13. ^
  14. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #EDC9AF (Desert Sand):
  15. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 194; Color Sample of Desert: Page 47 Plate 12 Color Sample I7
  16. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 149--Discussion of the color Beige (shown in this book's color sample as being the same color that is displayed as "beige" in the WorldHeritage color box shown above) notes that beige is exactly the same color as Ecru.
  17. ^ 1955 ISCC-NBS color chart (scanned onto the Internet) shows ecru as being a different color than beige):
  18. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 197; Color Sample of Khaki: Page 49 Plate 13 Color Sample J7
  19. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #C8AD7F (Light French Beige):
  20. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #A67B5B (French Beige):
  21. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 195; Color Sample of French beige: Page 49 Plate 13 Color Sample A7
  22. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #967117 (Mode Beige):
  23. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 50
  24. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 194
  25. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 204
  26. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 199; Color Sample of Mode Beige: Page 47 Plate 14 Color Sample B5
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