The color ‘Brown’ will complete our week of discussing shades and hues of colors. Brown is a high wavelength, low frequency hue of yellow, orange, and/or red. Brown is a tertiary color, meaning it is a mixture of primary colors.
Some examples: Russet, Chestnut, Wood Brown, Sandy Brown, Mahogany, and more.
Brown Russet I
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Fun Facts: Russet is a dark brown color with a reddish-orange tinge. The first recorded use of russet as a color name in English was in 1562. The name of the color derives from russet, a coarse cloth made of wool and dyed with woad and madder to give it a subdued gray or reddish-brown shade. By the statute of 1363, poor English people were required to wear russet.
Russet, a color of fall, is often associated with sorrow or grave seriousness. Anticipating a lifetime of regret, Shakespeare’s character Biron says: “Henceforth my wooing mind shall be express’d / In russet yeas and honest kersey noes.” (Love’s Labour’s Lost, Act V, Scene 1)
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Brown Wood I
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Fun Facts: Wood brown is a color that resembles wood. The source of this color is the 1912 book Color Standards and Color Nomenclature by Robert Ridgway. Thus, this color name has been in use since 1912.
Brown Sandy I
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Fun Facts: Sandy brown is a pale shade of brown. As its name suggests, it is a shade of brown which is similar to the color of some sands. The color name sandy brown first came into use in 1987.
Brown mahogany I
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  1. The brown of a forest floor riddled with pine needles and the soil of the earth peeking through here and there. The brown of the trunks of giant sequioas ripping out of that same ground and soaring into the heavens. 🙂


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