Each color has a specific name that goes with its shade or hue. Some have more interesting backgrounds than others, such as St. Patrick’s Blue. Did you know that a shade of blue was more dominant in Ireland than green?
Some color names don’t make sense, until you do some research and learn where the name comes from. Here are hues that start with the letter s.
Sacramento State Green
Sacramento State green is a dark green. It is one of the colors that represents the state college. Gold is the other hue used on the logo.
Saddle brown is a dark hue of orange. It symbolizes the shade of brown seen on leather saddles used on horses and other animals.
Safety orange is a bright reddish-orange. It is also known as hunter orange, blaze orange, or vivid orange. This orange is used to keep the focus on certain objects.
This orange is used on items during hunting season and construction sites.
Safety yellow is a bright shade of yellow. It is considered a high-visibility safety color by ANSI. This yellow is used on dangerous equipment, hazard symbols, and warning signs.
Saffron is a hue of orange or yellow. It symbolizes the color seen on the top of the saffron crocus thread, which is where the spice saffron comes from. Saffron has been used as a color name in English since the late 14th century.
Sage is a grey-green. It is close to the hue of dried sage leaves. Sage is a mixture of slate and citron and is considered a quaternary color.
St. Patrick’s Blue
St. Patrick’s blue is a sky blue that is associated with the Order of St. Patrick. Blue was first mentioned as a symbol of authority in Ireland in the late 13th century.
Salem is a combination of cyan and green mixed together.
Salmon is a bold pinkish-orange. It is named for the flesh of salmon. Salmon was first written down as a color term in English in 1776.
Salmon rose is a medium-light hue of red.
Salmon pink is a bold pink color. Crayola named a crayon in this shade salmon. The hue was introduced in 1949 by Crayola.
Samsung blue is a medium-dark hue of blue. It is one of the colors used by the company Samsung.
Sand is a grayish-yellow hue. It is a shade that is close to what beach sand looks like. Sand is a team color used by the San Diego Padres, a Major League Baseball team.
Sand dune is a medium shade of olive-brown. It is also called mode beige and drab. Sand dune was first used as a color name in English in 1925.
Sandstorm is a hue of yellow.
Sandy Brown is a light shade of brown. It is a web color that looks like a medium hue of orange. Various sands can look more orange and brown, such as this shade.
Sandy taupe is a medium hue of olive-brown. It is also called taupe sand.
Sap green is a medium-dark hue of green.
Sapphire is a deep shade of blue and named after the blue gem that is in a similar color. It was first written as a color term in English in 1430.
Sapphire blue is a bright blue, similar to the shade of the sapphire gemstone.
Sasquatch socks is a bright shade of pink.
Satin Sheen Gold
Satin sheen gold is a deep yellow color. The uniform worn by Captain Kirk in Star Trek was in this shade of gold.
Scarlet is a bright red color with some orange in it. Scarlet symbolizes passion, courage, and joy. A cardinal wears this shade of red in the Roman Catholic Church.
Schauss pink is a bold purplish pink. It is also known as Baker-Miller Pink or Drunk-Tank Pink. It helps lower aggressive behavior.
School Bus Yellow
School bus yellow is a bold shade of yellow. It is a hue of yellow made in 1939 to use on North American school buses.
Screamin’ green is a bright shade of green.
Sea blue is a medium shade of cyan and represents one color of the ocean water.
Sea green is a medium hue of green and cyan mixed together.
Sea serpent is a bright shade of cyan.
Seal brown is a deep shade of brown. It is named after the hue seen on fur seals. It can also describe the color of horses’ coats.
Seashell is a very light yellow-white hue. This color is commonly seen on seashells. It was first used as a color word in English in 1926.
Selective yellow is a bold orange-yellow seen on automotive lamps. This shade makes it easier for drivers to see in the dark and while driving in fog.
Sepia is a reddish-brown hue. It is named after the pigment that comes from the ink sac of the Sepia cuttlefish. The word is a Latin form of the Greek one.
Shadow is a moderate shade of brown.
Shadow blue is a version of cyan-blue.
Shampoo is a light hue of magenta.
Shamrock green is a medium hue of green and cyan. It symbolizes the shade of shamrock leaves.
Shandy is a medium-light hue of yellow.
Sheen green is yellow and green mixed together to form a bright hue of the color green.
Shimmering blush is a medium-light hue of pink and red mixed together. It represents a shade of powder blush that women brush on their cheekbones to highlight that area of the face.
Shiny shamrock is a mixture of green and cyan. This hue symbolizes the color of a shamrock, which is a clover with three leaves that represents the island of Ireland.
Shocking pink is a bright reddish-purple. This pink was used on a box of perfume named Shocking, which came out in 1937. Shirley Muldowney was an NHRA drag racer that drove a dragster in shocking pink.
Sienna is a bold reddish-brown. It is an earth pigment made up of manganese oxide and iron oxide.
It is named after the city-state of Siena near Tuscany. Sienna was first used as a color name in English in 1760.
Silver is close to a gray that looks like polished silver. It is also known as metallic gray. Silver was first used as a color term in English in 1481.
Silver foil is a medium-light hue of green. It represents the shade of foil in a shimmery gray.
Silver Lake Blue
Silver Lake blue is a hue of cyan and blue mixed together.
Silver pink is a grayish yellowish pink. It was first used as a color term in 1948.
Silver pink is mentioned in the Plocher Color System, which was created in 1948. This color system is used by interior designers.
Silver sand is a light greenish-gray. It has been in use as a web color since 2001. The hue is included on the Xona.com Color List.
Sinopia is a bright reddish-orange shade. It is a natural earth pigment that gets its reddish hue from hematite. Paintings from the Middle Ages and Classical Antiquity had sinopia in them.
Sizzling red is a bright shade of pink and red mixed together.
Sizzling sunrise is a bright yellow web color. The University of Alberta uses this yellow. Energy, cheerfulness, and sunshine are ideas that advertisements want people to think about when viewing this yellow.
Skobeloff is a bright green hue. Brand logos use this green to promote glamour, travel, and sincerity.
Sky blue is a light greenish-blue hue. It symbolizes the color of the sky at noon when there are no clouds. The word was first seen in Cyclopaedia by Ephraim Chambers in 1728.
Sky magenta is a deep purple-pink hue. It symbolizes the color of the sky around twilight when the sunset turns from pink to blue. Sky magenta is also known as medium lavender-pink.
Slate blue is a shade of blue. Designers use this color to promote coldness, self-expression, and serenity.
Slate gray is a grayish-blue. It is gray with some azure. Slate gray represents the shade of material slate.
It is a tertiary color with equal amounts of green and purple. Slate is a shade used to describe birds. It was first written down as a color term in English in 1705.
Slimy green is a medium-dark hue of green.
Smashed pumpkin is a shade of red and orange mixed together. It represents the color of pumpkins that have been smashed.
Smoke is a web color that is a shade of green.
Smokey topaz is a strong reddish-brown hue. It is also known as vermillion-brown.
This brown represents the shade of smoky topaz crystals. It was made by Crayola in 1994 as part of their Gem Tones set.
Smoky black is a shade of black. It is a color used to describe the hair coat of horses that are dark. The shade is black or a little lighter than true black.
Snow is a very light shade of red. It represents one color of snow.
Soap is a light gray or purple. It almost looks like a hue of lavender. Companies may use this shade to promote grace, cleanliness, or the home.
Solid pink is a very dark reddish-pink. It has been used as a web color since 2001. Solid pink is included in the Xona.com Color List.
Sonic silver is a dark gray. It was made by Crayola in 2001 and used in their Metallic FX crayon set.
Spartan crimson is a dark red hue. It is used in advertisements to make people think about technology, strong emotions, and passion.
Space cadet is a very dark blue color. It is a web color made in 2007. Space cadet is included in the Resene Color List, a color list that is popular in New Zealand and Australia.
Spanish blue is a bold blue hue. It is also called Azul in Spanish. This blue was included in the Guide to Colorations, a color dictionary published in 2005.
Spanish gray is a medium shade of gray. It is called gris in Spanish and included in the Guide to Colorations.
Spanish green is a medium shade of green and cyan combined.
Spanish orange is a deep shade of orange as a web color.
Spanish pink is a medium shade of yellowish pink. It is called Rosa in Spanish. This shade is included in the Guia de coloraciones, a color dictionary popular in the Hispanophone.
Spanish purple is a dark purple hue. It is used in advertising to make the potential customer think about health care, creativity, or royalty.
Spanish red is a bright shade of red. Brand logos use this red to promote love, passion, and the heart. Gogo and Airbus are companies that use this red.
Spicy mix is a shade of brown. It is a result of orange and red mixed together. Spicy mix symbolizes a shade of brown that some spices are made of.
Spring bud is a bright yellow-green. It is also called spring green or soft spring green. Spring green was first used as a color term in English in 1766.
Spring frost is a bright green and similar to spring bud. This web color is used by companies to promote fruitfulness, passive, and energy.
Spring green is a bright yellow-green. It is right between green and cyan on the color wheel.
Spring green is sometimes called mint green. Rose is the complementary shade of spring green.
Star Command Blue
Star command blue is a strong shade of blue. It was made to imitate the shade that commissioned officers would wear in a made-up space navy.
Steel-blue is a medium hue of blue. It represents the shade of blue steel, which helps prevent rusting on steel. Steel-blue is a blue-gray.
It was first written down as a color word in English in 1817. Steel-blue was part of the X11 colors in 1987, which later was known as X11 web colors with the creation of the World Wide Web in 1991.
Steel pink is a bright shade of purple with pink in it. It is a deep version of the color magenta.
Crayola made this color in 2011, when the Super Cool and Ultra Hot set of colored pencils by Crayola came out.
Steel teal is a shade of cyan. It is a duller version of teal, which is a bluish-green. Teal was first known as a color word in English in 1917.
Stil De Grain Yellow
Stil de grain yellow is a bold yellow hue. It is also known as sap green and is a pigment that comes from the berries of the buckhorn species known as Rhamnus saxatilis.
They are also known as Persian or Avignon berries. The berries produced the pigment still de grain yellow or pink. Pinke first used to refer to this yellow in English in 1598.
Straw is a pale yellow hue. It represents the color of straw. Stramineus is the Latin version of this word, which is used to describe nature. Straw was first used as a color name in English n 1589.
Strawberry is a light shade of pink. It represents the color that the strawberry fruit can become once it is ripe.
Stop red is a bold red used on stop signs around the world. The color red has been used throughout history to symbolize danger and warning.
Strawberry Iced Tea
Strawberry iced tea is a light red-pink. It symbolized the shade of ice tea with strawberry in it.
Strawberry red is a hue of red and pink mixed together. It symbolizes a shade of red seen on the strawberry fruit.
Sugarplum is a shade of plum, which is close to purple. Companies use this web color to promote elegance, simplicity, or the future.
Sunburnt cyclops is a web color that is a shade of red. Companies use this hue in design to make people think about anger, safety, impulsion, or transportation.
Sunglow is a bright yellow color. It is a variation of sunset, a light yellow.
Sunglow was first used as a color name in English in the year 1924. Crayola made this hue into a crayon color in 1990.
Sunny is a light yellow web color. Brand logos may use this yellow to help viewers think about power and motivation, communication, and the home.
Sunray is a medium shade of yellow and orange mixed together. It is a darker version of sunset. Sunray was first used as a color term in English in 1926.
Sunset is a very pale version of orange with some yellow. It symbolizes the hue seen on clouds when light from the sun hits them at sunset. Sunset was first written down as a color term in English in 1916.
Sunset orange is a bright shade of red and orange mixed together. It is a darker version of the color sunset. Crayola made this hue in 1997.
Super pink is a light purple or dark version of pink. This web color is used by companies to help people think about wealth, success, and cutting-edge.
Sweet brown is a shade of brown that is a web color. Brand logos use this hue to make people think about conservation, durability, and transportation.