AS A BLOKE (look it up, it’s an olden days term for grumpy old man) colours confuse me, you see, there are about 12 colours in my life, some of these are preceded by a secondary description (Light, Dark, Metallic, Shiny, Matt) but generally all my colours are nice easy single word colours.
Red - Orange - Yellow - Green - Blue - Purple - Pink - Black - White - Grey - Cream - Brown plus Silver and Gold...though the last two of course are shiny metallic grey and yellow.
To the bride to be of course, there are thousands and hardly any of them are just one word “Deep Autumn Forest Blush” and “Spring Magnolia Sunrise”, the list goes on but that my dear, is only the start of the problem.
You see colour is very much in the eye of the beholder and subject where it’s seen.
Cadbury Purple, for example, is one colour of the foil wrapper, a different one on a paper wrapper, looks different on a satin bow, different again on an organza sash and when you look at it on YOUR computer it’s different to MY computer.
This means that buying a metre of blue velvet and cutting it into “Swatches” to post out to cakers, florists, dressmakers and deejays is about as pointless as telling them “the colour of Marge Simpsons Hair”
So - what can we do to help?
Many weddings now feature suppliers and guests from all over the UK or even the world, how can you be sure that your version of flame red, is the same as theirs.
Actually, the answer is simpler than you might think.
Most DIY stores have a comprehensive paint section and each range of paint features a colour chart.
The Dulux silk matt chart is the same in Bolton as it is in Barnstaple, and it might be different in Benidorm, but it is easier to post than a load of different material swatches.
Pick up a few of them, in case they change it, you want Matt or Silk as the wedding cake and the flowers are not a gloss finish
Spend 5 minutes with a big fat marker circling the one you like, and then photo it on your phone.
Now the work is done, you can post it.
You can tell aunt Doris to go into B and Q and pick up the “Autumn Dulux Colour Chart and rather than say “3 across five down on page 2” You say “Cochineal Sunset, it’s red”
If Aunty Doris is STILL confused, send her the photo with the big marker pen on it.
And somewhere, lurking on the website will be the Pantone colour reference for the printer.