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Go beyond your basic primary colors. Use this guide for finding descriptive color words for your writing!


☙ Eyes

Sometimes "light" or "dark" just doesn't cut it. These are just a few to mix and match to give each character his or her own unique eye color.

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Blue

  • sky
  • gunmetal
  • baby
  • electric
  • sapphire
  • topaz
  • cornflower
  • steel
  • glacial
  • crystal
  • cerulean
  • azure
  • aquamarine
  • denim
  • slate
  • storm
  • cobalt
  • ocean
  • teal
  • navy
  • indigo

Brown/Black

  • onyx
  • amber
  • russet
  • chestnut
  • honey
  • hazel
  • chocolate
  • cognac
  • nut
  • coffee
  • mahogany
  • sepia
  • sienna
  • mink
  • copper
  • whiskey
  • tawny
  • obsidian
  • coal
  • raven
  • midnight
  • bronze
  • cinnamon
  • cedar
  • caramel
  • walnut

Green

  • emerald
  • forest
  • jade
  • sage
  • sea
  • bottle
  • chartreuse
  • olive
  • leaf
  • moss
  • pine

Silver/Gray

  • slate
  • storm
  • silver
  • chrome
  • platinum
  • pewter
  • fog
  • dove
  • smoke
  • ash
  • gunmetal

☙ Hair

If your character has a unique hair color, you can use any of the other color adjectives from other lists! But here are just a few of the basic hair colors.

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Black

  • ebony
  • crow
  • raven
  • charcoal
  • midnight
  • ink
  • oil
  • grease
  • onyx
  • pitch
  • soot
  • sable
  • jet black
  • coal
  • obsidian

Brown

  • brunette
  • ash
  • toffee
  • onyx
  • amber
  • russet
  • chestnut
  • honey
  • hazel
  • chocolate
  • cognac
  • nut
  • coffee
  • mahogany
  • sepia
  • sienna
  • mink
  • copper
  • whiskey
  • tawny
  • obsidian
  • coal
  • raven
  • midnight
  • bronze
  • cinnamon
  • cedar
  • caramel
  • walnut

Blonde

  • honey
  • copper
  • bleached
  • golden
  • strawberry
  • butterscotch
  • wheat
  • sandy
  • flaxen
  • fair
  • platinum

Red

  • auburn
  • ginger
  • ruby
  • scarlet
  • blood
  • burgundy
  • Titian
  • strawberry

White/Silver/Gray

  • salt and pepper
  • silver
  • charcoal
  • steel
  • snow
  • ivory
  • frost
  • slate

☙ Skin

Go beyond stereotypes by using more descriptive words for skin colors! Since it's hard to break them down into neat categories, I'll just be listing a handful of skin color descriptors.

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  • amber
  • bronze
  • cinnamon
  • copper
  • cream
  • ebony
  • ecru
  • honey
  • ivory
  • mahogany
  • milk
  • ochre
  • olive
  • peach
  • porcelain
  • ebony
  • pale
  • pallid
  • pasty
  • fair
  • light
  • alabaster
  • rose
  • ruddy
  • toffee
  • chalky
  • sallow
  • fawn
  • dusky
  • peaches-and-cream
  • swarthy
  • tanned

☙ Clothing

Clothing can come in all sorts of colors, so here are a few categories I didn't hit above.

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Pink

  • fuchsia
  • peach
  • coral
  • rose
  • salmon
  • magenta
  • rouge
  • blush
  • rosewood

Orange

  • marigold
  • rust
  • ginger
  • spice
  • honey
  • apricot
  • clay
  • carrot
  • amber
  • sandstone
  • copper
  • coral

Purple

  • plum
  • mauve
  • violet
  • periwinkle
  • lavender
  • magenta
  • lilac
  • grape
  • amethyst
  • iris
  • wine
  • mulberry
  • orchid
  • hyacinth

Yellow

  • gold
  • canary
  • daffodil
  • butter
  • flaxen
  • lemon
  • mustard
  • corn
  • medallion
  • dandelion
  • fire
  • butterscotch
  • honey
  • blonde
  • fawn
  • beige
  • Tuscan sun

Red

  • auburn
  • ginger
  • ruby
  • scarlet
  • blood
  • burgundy
  • strawberry
  • maroon
  • merlot
  • cherry
  • garnet
  • crimson
  • currant
  • wine
  • blush
  • rose

Feel free to message me about anything, and thank you for reading! :)

- Aurora ✾


This article was written by @aurorarae on the We Heart It Writers Team.