Ivory is a soft neutral color that isn't quite white and has some of the earthiness of light brown or beige. Ivory represents quiet, pleasantness with a touch of luster.
Nature and Culture of Ivory:
As a neutral, ivory is a calming color. It carries some of the same pureness, softness, and cleanliness of white but is slightly richer, a touch warmer.
The ivory tusks of elephants have long been prized and used in jewelry and the decoration of housewares and furniture. Pearl and opal, shades of ivory, are also precious stones. Ivory is the traditional Fourteenth Wedding Anniversary gift while pearl is for the Thirtieth.
The color ivory provides a calming effect. Use it to set a relaxed tone of understated elegance. It's especially suited to formal wedding invitations and for elegant, personal stationery.
Using Ivory with Other Colors:
Ivory with light peach, pale grassy green, and light browns has an earthy feel but softer than other natural palettes. Use a touch of ivory to lighten and brighten medium and dark orange, blue, green, purple, or turquoise.
Language of Ivory:
The use of ivory in familiar phrases can help a designer see how their color of choice might be perceived by others, both the positive and negative aspects.
- Ivory dome - intellectual or teacher
- Ivory tower - refuge, place of seclusion from the world
- Ivory tower - often used in a derogatory manner to indicate someone who has been physically or mentally in a place out of touch with reality or the real world
Ivory Words: These words are synonymous with ivory or represent various shades of the color ivory.
Milk white, pearl, off-white, opaline
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