Colour of the day no. 23 – Pallid vinaceous drab

solid block of colour Pallid vinaceous drab

Colour of the day no 23 Pallid vinaceous drab

Pallid vinaceous drab

Pallid vinaceous drab Is a specific name listed in the Dictionary of Colour Names published by National Bureau of Standards in the 1950’s as a way of describing colour universally. The name comes under the general colour term ‘Pale Purplish Pink’. Other names under the same heading are Glow, Dignity, Heavenly Orchid, Pouf de Vent, Séance, Bluish Pink, Lilacinus, and Personal.

We’d love to know via the comments below what Pallid vinaceous drab reminds you of or makes you think about. We’re also running a weekly competition where people can re-name a colour. If you had to re-name this colour, what would you call it? There will be a weekly prize of a pot of paint containing the colour and labelled with your new name and a £10 Amazon voucher.

Colour of the day

Throughout the Brighton Festival a colour of the day will be displayed in Fabrica and on this blog. To help decide which colour to choose we asked Anne Wight who is a grapheme synaesthete. This is a form of synaesthesia in which an individual’s perception of numbers and letters is associated with an experience of colour.

Like all forms of synaesthesia, grapheme-colour synaesthesia is involuntary, consistent, and memorable and is one of the most common forms of synaesthesia. Generally, while it is extremely unlikely that any two synaesthetes will report the same colours for all letters and numbers, studies of large numbers of synaesthetes find that there are some commonalities across letters.

We have chosen colours/pigments/paints for each day loosely based the colours she sees for the dates of May’s Festival.


4 responses to “Colour of the day no. 23 – Pallid vinaceous drab

  1. Richard Welch

    There have been some good colour names in this series but this is the best by some distance. How could you improve on pallid vinaceous drab? It sounds like a minor character from a minor Star Wars spin-off novel.

  2. Fifties bombshell bra

  3. “Germolene”

  4. Ha! yes, Germolene is my pick too.

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