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Taupe (#483C32)

Taupe (pronounced /ˈtoʊp/) refers to a dark grayish-brown color. The word "taupe" derives from the Latin name for the European Mole, Talpa europaea.

Originally, this referred only to the average color of the French mole,[1] but like the colors pink and lavender, the name expanded (in the case of taupe beginning in the 1940s) to encompass a wide range of varying shades. It seems that this occurred because the color of the fur of the mole can itself exhibit a wide range of shades, from gray through yellowish, brownish, and even purplish.

Taupe is a vague, unscientific color term which may be used to refer to almost any grayish-brown, brownish-gray, or warm gray color. It often overlaps with tan and even people who use color professionally (such as designers and artists) frequently disagree as to what "taupe" means. There is no single, generally recognized authority for such terms.

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Dark taupe

Dark Taupe
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #483C32
RGBB (r, g, b) (72, 60, 50)
HSV (h, s, v) (30°, 17%, 34%)
Source ISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

The color displayed at right matches the color sample called taupe referenced below in the 1930 book A Dictionary of Color, the world standard for color terms before the invention of computers. However, the word taupe may often be used to refer to lighter shades of taupe today, and therefore another name for this color is dark taupe.

The first use of "taupe" as a color name in English was in the early 1800s (exact year is not known). [2]

This is the most popular color for leather sofas.

Purple taupe

Purple Taupe
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #50404D
RGBB (r, g, b) (80, 64, 77)
HSV (h, s, v) (285°, 19%, 33%)
Source ISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

The color displayed at right is purple taupe.


Medium taupe

Medium Taupe
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #674C47
RGBB (r, g, b) (103, 76, 71)
HSV (h, s, v) (9°, 31%, 40%)
Source ISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

The color displayed at right is medium taupe.


Mauve taupe

Mauve Taupe
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #915F6D
RGBB (r, g, b) (145, 95, 109)
HSV (h, s, v) (285°, 37%, 54%)
Source ISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

At right is displayed the color mauve taupe.

The first recorded use of mauve taupe as a color name in English was in 1925. [3]

A popular brand of professional plastic chessboards marketed to chess masters in the 1960s had squares of this color and the color magnolia because it was felt that those two colors were both easy on the eyes and aesthetic together. These boards were used by chess master George Koltanowski in his chess tournaments in which he played blindfolded against hundreds of people at a time.

Rose taupe

Rose Taupe
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #905D5D
RGBB (r, g, b) (144, 93, 93)
HSV (h, s, v) (330°, 42%, 46%)
Source ISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

The color displayed at right is rose taupe.

The first recorded use of rose taupe as a color name in English was in 1924.[4]


Sandy taupe

Sandy Taupe
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #967117
RGBB (r, g, b) (150, 113, 23)
HSV (h, s, v) (43°, 85%, 59%)
Source ISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

At right is displayed the color sandy taupe.

This color is also called taupe sand.


Light taupe

Light Taupe
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #B38B6D
RGBB (r, g, b) (179, 139, 109)
HSV (h, s, v) (26°, 39%, 70[5]%)
Source Crayola
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Light taupe is the color that is called taupe in Crayola colored pencils.


Pale taupe (mouse)

Pale Taupe
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #BC987E
RGBB (r, g, b) (188, 152, 126)
HSV (h, s, v) (25°, 33%, 74%)
Source ISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Pale taupe is a dusky brownish grey color.

A British paint color name mouse's back is similar in color and source of name.[6] This color is also called mouse.

The first recorded use of mouse as a color name in English was in 1606.[7]

This color is also known for being the default choice of office supplies and personal computer enclosures through the late 1980s and early 1990s.


Taupe gray

Taupe Gray
About these coordinates About these coordinates
— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #8B8589
RGBB (r, g, b) (139, 133, 137)
HSV (h, s, v) (30°, 1%, 60%)
Source ISCC-NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Displayed at right is the color taupe gray.


Tones of taupe color comparison chart

  • Taupe Gray (Hex: #8B8589) (RGB: 139, 133, 137)
  • Pale Taupe (Mouse) (Hex: #BC987E) (RGB: 188, 152, 126)
  • Light Taupe (Hex: #B38B6D) (RGB: 179, 139, 109)
  • Sandy Taupe (Hex: #967117) (RGB: 150, 113, 23)
  • Rose Taupe (Hex: #905D5D) (RGB: 144, 93, 93)
  • Mauve Taupe (Hex: #915F6D) (RGB: 145, 95, 109)
  • Medium Taupe (Hex: #674C47) (RGB: 103, 76, 71)
  • Purple Taupe (Hex: #504040) (RGB: 80, 64, 77)
  • TAUPE (Dark Taupe) (Hex: #483C32) (RGB: 72, 60, 50)

Taupe in culture

Design

  • Kelly Hoppen has a paint colour called 'in love with taupe'.

Fashion

  • Taupe is used in fashions as a light-warm color to emphasize soft, even tones.

Film

  • In Ocean's Eleven, on viewing a camera feed of a back hallway of the casino, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) asks: 'Why do they always paint hallways that color?'. Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) replies: 'They say taupe is very soothing.'
  • In the movie There's Something About Mary, Ted Stroehmann indicates that the colors of his tuxedo are "tan and taupe".

Television

  • An episode from the second season of Mad About You, Instant Karma, revolves around the bad luck Helen attracts after accidentally obtaining a taupe blouse without paying.
  • In the November 7, 2007 episode of CBS's Criminal Minds, the color taupe is referred to as a "negative color" when picked as a color by a person.
  • In the fifth episode of season two of Dilbert the artist Rusty represents the color taupe as orange in an art class.
  • Impressionist Rory Bremner has in the past referred to a fictional board that monitors Gordon Brown called 'OFBROWN' or 'Taupe'.

References

  1. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 205; Discussion of Color Taupe, Page 183
  2. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 205; Discussion of Color Taupe, Page 183; Color Sample of Taupe: Page 55 Plate 16 Color Sample A6
  3. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 203; Color Sample of Mauve Taupe Page 37 Plate 7 Color Sample C8
  4. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 203; Color Sample of Rose Taupe Page 55 Plate 16 Color Sample A4
  5. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #B38B6D (Light Taupe):
  6. ^ Friedman, Joseph. Paint and Color in Decoration. Rizzoli New York: 2003. Page 87. ISBN 0-8478-2593-0.
  7. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 199; Color Sample of Mouse: Page 53 Plate 15 Color Sample C6

See also

  • [1] ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955)--Color dictionary used by stamp collectors to identify the colors of stamps—See samples of the various shades of Taupe displayed on the indicated page.
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Simple English

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Taupe refers to a dark grayish-brown color. The word "taupe" derives from the Latin name for the European Mole, Talpa europaea.

Originally, this referred only to the average color of the French mole,[1] but like the colors pink and lavender, the name expanded (in the case of taupe beginning in the 1940s) to encompass a wide range of varying shades. It seems that this occurred because the color of the fur of the mole can itself be a wide range of shades, from gray through yellowish, brownish, and even purplish.

The first use of taupe as a color name in English was in the early 1800s (exact year is not known). [2]

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Meaning of taupe

  • The various shades of the color taupe are widely used in fashion, interior design, industrial design, and in graphic design where Pantone ink and RGB hexadecimal specifiers both describe the color as a warm gray.
  • Taupe is the most popular color for leather sofas.



Tones of taupe color comparison chart

  • Taupe Gray (Hex: #8B8589) (RGB: 139, 133, 137)
  • Pale Taupe (Mouse) (Hex: #BC987E) (RGB: 188, 152, 126)
  • Light Taupe (Hex: #B38B6D) (RGB: 179, 139, 109)
  • Sandy Taupe (Hex: #967117) (RGB: 150, 113, 23)
  • Rose Taupe (Hex: #905D5D) (RGB: 144, 93, 93)
  • Mauve Taupe (Hex: #915F6D) (RGB: 145, 95, 109)
  • Medium Taupe (Hex: #674C47) (RGB: 103, 76, 71)
  • Purple Taupe (Hex: #504040) (RGB: 80, 64, 77)
  • TAUPE (Dark Taupe) (Hex: #483C32) (RGB: 72, 60, 50)
ColorsList of colors
Cyan Magenta Black Gray Silver White
Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet
Gold Olive Purple Navy Brown Pink

References

  1. Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 205; Discussion of Color Taupe, Page 183
  2. Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 205; Discussion of Color Taupe, Page 183; Color Sample of Taupe: Page 55 Plate 16 Color Sample A6

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