Ask someone what their favourite colour is and you will invariably hear of deep sexy red or fresh natural green. Maybe a refreshing cool blue or a pretty young pink!
Very few people tell you they like the colour brown. It’s not a choice for most people’s living room or a seductive mood swinging choice for a bedroom. Brown is the colour of earth. It’s reliable, sturdy. It promotes feelings of security, wholesomeness and order.
Brown is not fun or vibrant. We don’t buy bland brown decorations for Christmas. Very few people choose a brown car. Watch a young child learn their colours and they focus on bright primary colours first.
So I ask you – what is one of the warmest, friendliest, tastiest colours there is? Did you say brown? I bet you didn’t.
And you are so wrong!
Rich, deep brown is the colour of dark, smooth chocolate, firm in the hand and flowing like a thick blanket down the throat.
Warm, earthy brown is the colour of hot chocolate, smothered in twirling white cream and dotted with marshmallows, comforting on a snowy day in front of a roaring log fire.
Light, golden brown is the colour of freshly baked cake, crisp on the outside, light and moist in the middle.
And don’t forget the various middling shades.
The crunchy brown of a farmhouse loaf, warm from the oven and smeared in butter.
Divine sausages, browned in the oven and served with mash and onion gravy.
Succulent steak, panfried in sea salt and pepper.
Tender roast beef, with yorkshire puddings and lashings of horseradish sauce.
My personal favourite, a crunchy biscuit base rising to a dense chocolate cheesecake.
Now you are thinking in the right direction, what’s your favourite brown?
Written for the DPchallenge – and now I am so hungry, I may just have to go and search my kitchen cupboards to see what other browns I can find. All in the name of research, of course.