Communicating a Colour

You may need to convey a colour to a remote third party, if you need to for example, match or tone an accessory or other application with a with a decoration. There are a few of ways that you can do this.

  1. You can say the colour, for instance, while talking on the phone, eg: red, blue, pale pink, purple, wine, etc.. This method is inaccurate but may be sufficient for some purposes. The problem is that, what one person thinks is burgundy, another may think is wine.
  2. You can go to and generate the colour that you want, and then convey that colour to a third person by quoting the hex value of that colour eg:  C92808 or  (burgundy). This is a more accurate way to communicate a colour. see also: and
  3. You can send a colour swatch of the colour that you want. This could be in the form of an off cut of the actual fabric that you want to match, or some other closely toning coloured item. This is the most accurate method to convey a colour but may also be the most time consuming if the swatch has to be posted.
  4.  For a comprehensive reference of colour names in alphabetical order see..–F                                                  TIP: see the bottom of the page for colour groups. 
Note: Of course it is impossible to get an absolute exact colour match, as even dye batches of the same colour in fabric dye mills vary slightly.