Using colors is a great way to describe objects in everyday life. They also play a huge role in artwork.
Besides the primary colors of red, blue and yellow, there are secondary hues and tertiary tones on the color wheel. There are also plenty of variations of all these.
Crayola has come up with some pretty inventive names for some of these, as well as other companies that create ink. New colors have also been invented with the popularity of computers.
To give you an idea of the vast array of hues, here are colors whose names start with the letter B.
B’dazzled blue is a cyan-blue that is medium dark in shade. Crayola also has a royal-blue crayon called by the same name.
Baby blue is a light shade of blue. It is also called light blue. It is more cyan, or green-blue than blue. It is also called angel blue and sky blue and was first used in English in 1915.
Baby Blue Eyes
Baby blue eyes refers to the blue color of the baby blue eyes plant’s flowers. The scientific term for the plant is nemophila menziesii. Some varieties bloom blue flowers.
Baby pink is a light version of the color pink. It is a peachy-pink color and was first used in the English language in 1928. This color represents baby girls in many Western cultures.
Baby powder is an extremely light yellow-green color. It almost looks off-white or shell-colored. It is made up of almost equal amounts of blue, green, and red.
Baker-Miller pink is a shade of pink that also goes by the names drunk-tank pink, Schauss pink, and P-618. It was made by mixing a pint of outdoor paint in semi-gloss red trim with a gallon of indoor latex paint in pure white.
The color has been known to lower behavior that is violent, hostile, or aggressive. Alexander Schauss has done research on how colors affect emotions at Seattle’s Naval Correctional Facility. The color is named after Baker and Miller, who were directors at the institute.
Banana mania is a light hue of yellow. Crayola made a light-yellow crayon with the same name in 1997.
Barbie pink is a deep color of pink. It is used in the Mattel Barbie packages, logos, and materials that are promoted concerning Barbie.
Barn red is a deep red color. This shade of red was commonly used to paint on barns during the American frontier days. Paints back then were made with milk, which explains why barn red is on the color list for milk paints.
Battleship gray is a dark-gray color. It was a commonly used paint color on battleships. The paint was made with micaceous hematite and would rustproof the steel and iron on the battleships.
Beau blue is a lighter tone of the baby blue color. Beau is French for “beautiful”. This shade of baby blue is commonly used by interior designers and mentioned in a book that designers refer to.
Beaver is a specific shade of brown that is similar to the color of fur on beavers. It is a medium-brown color.
Beaver was first used as a color word in English in 1705. Crayola named one of their brown crayons “beaver” in 1998. “Beaver” and “brown” come from the same root word.
Beige is a light gray-tan color. It can also look like a pale gray-yellow or sandy-fawn color. Its name is based on a French term, which means natural wool that has not been dyed or bleached.
It was used as a color term in France around 1855-60. It was not recognized as an English word until 1887.
Big Dip O’Ruby
Big Dip O’Ruby is the name of a metallic red Crayola crayon. It was part of a special set of metallic crayons referred to as Metallic FX. These colors were made by Crayola in 2001.
The term “ruby” refers to a gem that is a shade of pink or red. These gems are still popular used in jewelry.
Big Foot Feet
Big foot feet refers to a medium-light shade of orange. It has mainly red, with some green and blue in it.
This color is named after the part ape, part-man being named Sasquatch that roams the forests of North America in the United States and Canada.
Bisque is an extremely light shade of brown.
Bistre is a dark shade of gray and brown mixed together. This shade of brown is made from the soot from beechwood. The soot is boiled and then water is added to it to dilute the liquid.
A number of older artists used bistre for ink in their drawings. It is also known as soot brown and was first used in English as a color name in 1727.
Bistre brown is a lighter shade of bistre. It has a medium-brown look to it. This tone of bistre was commonly used in the ink of older artists. A Dictionary of Color, by Maerz and Paul have a shade of brown that closely resembles bistre brown in the book.
Bitter lemon is a dull shade of the color yellow with some green in it. It was first used as a color name in 2001.
Bittersweet is a bright reddish-orange color. It was first used as a color name in English in 1892.
Crayola made bittersweet into a hue in 1958. RoseArt calls the tint sweetbitter.
Bittersweet shimmer is a medium-red metallic color. It was made for Crayola’s Metallic FX crayon set in 2001.
Black is the darkest of all hues. It is the absence of all light. It has been used as a representation of evil and darkness.
It was one of the first colors used in cave paintings during the stone age. The Greeks and Egyptians of antiquity used it to represent the underworld. Today, it is the most popular color used for ink.
Black bean is a hue that is rich brown, and almost black. It is named after the bean’s deep, brown coloring.
Black coral is a dark gray hue. Black coral is also a type of deep-water coral. Although the polyps come in different colors, its skeleton is black.
Black olive is a pale shade of black and more of a dark olive-gray tint. It symbolizes the color seen on black olives. This specific shade is popular in Europe.
Black shadows is a light chocolate-brown tint. It can also be considered a dark shade of orange.
Blanched almond is an extremely light tint of brown, similar to the inside of an almond.
Blast-Off Bronze is a medium shade of bronze. Crayola created the hue for their Metallic FX collection of crayons in 2001. Bronze is a deep-orange that resembles the color of the metal alloy with the same name.
Bleu De France
Bleu De France is a shade of blue used to represent the country of France. Blue is a color that has been used in the French monarchy as far back as the 12th century.
This tint is a vivid blue. National teams in all French sports use this blue as their head color.
Blood red is a dark tint of red. It can be crimson, or a dark brown-red with some orange in it. Many times, it is darker than dark red and maroon. In The Language Color in China, it is also referred to as “period red”.
Blue is one of the primary colors. The others are yellow and red. It is between violet and green according to the spectrum of visible light.
Blue has been used in décor pieces and art since antiquity. Lapis lazuli was a stone used to make jewelry and paint pigment.
Blue bell is a mixture of blue and gray. Crayola made a color with the same name and shade.
Its hue is similar to the bluebell flower. Blue bell was first used as a color name in English in 1920.
Blue jeans is a shade of blue with cyan that is medium light. The name comes from the popular pants that is produced in different hues of blue.
Sapphire blue is a deep hue of navy blue and almost looks black. The name comes from the sapphire gemstone, which is known to be a deep blue. Sapphires can also be pink, orange, or yellow as well as blue.
Blue yonder is a moderate cyan-blue with a hint of gray. Crayola made a crayon color with a similar name in a similar shade of blue in 2003.
Blue-gray is a blue that is a medium blue-gray hue. It also goes by the term livid, which comes from a Latin word that means “dull leaden-blue color”. Livid was first used as a color name in English in 1622.
Blue-green is the hue between green and blue on the RYB color wheel. It is in the cyan family.
Blue-violet is a type of blue and magenta mixed together.
Blueberry is a shade of blue that is medium-light. It looks similar to the color of the berry with the same name.
Blush is a pink that is medium bright in hue. It was first used as a color name in English in the year 1590.
Bole is a hue that is a dark reddish-brown. It comes from the Latin word bolus, which means dirt or clay that is a similar tone. Terra rosa is another name for this color.
Bole was first used as a color name in English in 1386. It is one of the oldest names for a hue.
Bone is a shade of white. It is yellowish gray in hue. It symbolizes the color of bones in real life.
It was first used as a color name in English during the beginning of the 19th century.
Booger buster is a light shade of green. It was included in Crayola’s Silly Scents Crayons in a pack consisting of 16 hues. Another name for the crayon is Spring Green.
Bottle green is a dark shade of green and close to a pine green. It symbolizes the color of glass bottles that are green. This name was first used as a color term in English in 1816.
The United States uses street name and guide signs in this color of green. Bangladesh uses this shade of green in their flag and call it Bangladesh green.
Brick red is a red that also includes brown in the shade. It is close to the color of red clay bricks.
Bright green is a bright version of yellow-green. It is between chartreuse and harlequin. The shade symbolizes the Viridian design movement and environmentalism.
Bright lilac is a bright-purple color. It was used by Crayola in 1994 in their Magic Scent collection. Lilac is a lighter shade of purple and represents the hue seen in lilac flowers.
Bright maroon is a bright shade of red. It is between the colors brown and rose as a shade of crimson. Crayola named is maroon on their crayons in 1949.
Bright Navy Blue
Bright navy blue is a brighter shade of blue. Crayola named this color navy blue for their collection in 1958.
Bright pink is a bright shade of pink and also referred to as rose. In Indo-European languages, the color pink in English is known as rose in these languages.
Bright turquoise is a vivid shade of bluish green. Turquoise is named after the blue and green gem of the same name.
Bright Yellow (Crayola)
Crayola’s bright yellow is a specific shade of yellow. It is a bright orange and yellow hue. The shade is used as the dominant color on Indian 200-rupee notes.
Brilliant rose is a bright purple and red color. Crayola made the color in 1949. The name was changed to magenta in 1958.
Brink pink is a bright shade of red. It was made by Crayola in 1998 and has been called pink sherbert since 2005.
British Racing Green
British racing green is a yellowish-green that is very dark. It is a hue very close to forest green, Brunswick green, moss green, or hunter green. The name comes from the United Kingdom’s international motor racing color.
Bronze is a deep-orange color. It has a metallic sheen to it and represents the metal alloy of the same name. Bronze was first used as a color name in English in 1753.
Brown is a hue made by combining black, yellow, and red or yellow, blue and red together. It represents many items that are brown in nature.
Brown sugar is a dark shade of orange. It is similar to the color of real brown sugar. Brown sugar is a type of sugar that is brown because of the molasses in it.
Brunswick green is a deep green color. The hue comes from coloring from copper compounds. It was first used as a color name in English in 1764.
The United Kingdom’s national auto racing color is a green similar to this one, but in a darker green. It is also referred to as English green.
Bud green is a hue that is a strong yellow-green. It is part of the Panton Textile Paper eXtended (TPX) color list. It is a darker shade of spring green, which is now referred to as spring bud.
Buff is a light brown-yellow hue, similar to buff leather. It is a combination of white and yellow ocher.
Mixing one part yellow ocher and two parts of white lead makes a good buff tint. This color can also be produced by mixing French ochre with white lead.
Burgundy is a dark shade of red or deep red. Its name is from Burgundy wine, which is made in Burgundy, a region in France. The name comes from ancient Germanic Burgundians.
Burgundy is similar to dark reds like cordovan, maroon, and oxblood. The first mention of burgundy as a color name in English was in 1881.
Burlywood is a shade that is sandy brown, or a light brown. It is similar to the shade of sand on the beach.
Burnished brown is a faded brownish-red hue. It looks similar to wood or leather.
Burnt orange is an orange with some deep red mixed with it. This color name has been in use since 1915. It is the school color for Virginia Tech and The University of Texas in Austin.
Burnt sienna also goes by sienna or raw sienna. It is a deep reddish-brown. It comes from a mixture of manganese oxide and iron oxide.
A large amount of anhydrous iron oxide is in the pigment when it is referred to as burnt sienna. It is also called terra rossa, red earth, and red ochre. This hue was first used as a color name in English in 1853.
Burnt umber is a deep reddish-brown hue. Heated raw umber makes burnt umber. The pigment is used in both watercolor and oil paints.
The term was first used as a color word in English in 1650. Umber comes from an earth pigment that is brown or reddish-brown. Burnt umber and raw umber are two variations.
Byzantine is a bright reddish-purple, similar to magenta. It was first used as a color word in English in 1924.
Byzantium is a dark reddish-purple. It was first used as a color name in English in 1926.
Byzantium is similar to Tyrian purple, a color used during the Byzantine and Roman empires, but it is not the same. Tyrian purple is closer to red and crimson than purple.