Why can’t we imagine new colors?

I was asked this interesting question on Quora. My response: Because color is part of our sense of vision. It is a response to outside stimulus, just like hearing, smell, and taste. The physical world contains light of different wavelengths, and we’ve evolved a...
What colors go well with purple?

What colors go well with purple?

This seems to be a frequently asked question on Quora! My answer: Green-yellows. (The captions for the swatches give their Munsell notation and their Hex #.) In the traditional color wheel, the complement of purple is yellow. In the Munsell system, the hue spacings...

What does royal blue look like?

I was asked this question on Quora. This was my response: Here are two sets of colors that could be called “royal blue”. The captions are hex values. You may not agree with all of these, but they do reflect how the terms are actually used. In short, a “royal blue” is...
Can “peach” go with “gold”?

Can “peach” go with “gold”?

I received this question today via Quora. My response: As is so often the case, the answer is: it depends on how you are defining those color names. Both are used to name a huge range of very different colors. Here are some real-world examples I have found.   The...

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