Brown is warmth. Brown is wholesome. Brown is associated with nature and natural products. It is a primal, basic-instincts color.
Brown is a composite color made by mixing a warm hue with black. Brown is the number one neutral color in wardrobes.
- Fear of brown: kastanophobia
- Brown symbolizes materialistic thoughts.
- Brown symbolizes earthiness, stability, dependability, and honesty.
- Brown is associated with warmth and friendliness.
Superstitions and Beliefs
- People with brown hair are reliable and have a strong inner strength.
- Wear a brown gemstone to promote stability and clear thinking.
- Wearing a brown cloth as a charm with keep evil spirits away.
- Seeing a brown grasshopper in your house will bring prosperity.
- In Ethiopia, brown represents death as it is the color of the earth, where all things return.
- In India, brown is the color of mourning.
- In Ancient Rome, brown clothing was associated with the lower classes. The term for the plebeians, or urban poor, was “pullati”, which meant “those dressed in brown.
- In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the color of clothing showed a person’s social rank and profession. Brown and gray were worn by peasants.
Pigments & Dyes
- Umber, a natural clay, was probably the first brown pigment. It was used on cave paintings dating back to 40,000 B.C.E.
- Raw sienna is another clay pigment popular during the Renaissance. Natural sienna is a dark yellow ochre color, but when roasted it turns a reddish brown called burnt sienna.
- The Ancient Greeks and Romans made a reddish brown ink, of a color called sepia, from the ink of a cuttlefish.
- 18th and 19th century European artists commonly used “Mummy brown”, also called mommia and momie, which was made with white pitch, myrrh, and the ground-up remains of Egyptian mummies, both human and feline.
- Walnuts and the bark, leaves, and husks of chestnut tree have been used at dyes since antiquity,
Phrases and Sayings
Brown bagging – to bring a homemade lunch to work
Brown nose – flattering someone in a position of power in order to obtain favors
Brown out – partial loss of electricity
Brown study – deeply thinking
Meanings of Shades and Tints of Brown
- Beige (very pale brown): calming and relaxing
- Tan: sophistication and neatness
- Dark brown: robustness and style
- Copper: passion, professional growth, business productivity
Words for Brown
cafe au lait
filemot (dead leaf color)
castory (made from beaver pelts)
Brown and You
Are you wearing brown right now?
You are down-to-earth today. You are supportive and appreciate all that life has to offer.
Look in your closet. Is brown a predominate color in your wardrobe?
You are honest and like structure. You like good food, good books, and good friends. You desire to be emotionally secure.
Do you just dislike the color brown?
You are striving to be independent.
Do you drive a brown car?
Brown: You are powerful and unique.
Beige: You are natural and down-to-earth.
*Chromophobia, also known as chromatophobia or chrematophobia, is a persistent, irrational fear of, or aversion to, colors and is usually a conditioned response. Color phobis are often caused by a traumatic experience from the past, usually childhood. The color becomes associated with the trauma but the individual may not remember the event or realize the connection. It could also be culturally related with meanings attached to the color. Conditioning or brain chemistry may also be the cause. While actual clinical phobias to color are rare, colors can elicit hormonal responses and psychological reactions. Reactions include heart palpations, panic, sweating, breathlessness, nausea, shaking, dizziness, and dry mouth. Treatments include behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, exposure therapy, and psychotherapy.
Deep-dark rich chocolate (like me), light and breezy beige, sun-kissed tan, or shinny and elegant copper?