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Updated on August 24, 2017

Puce, the most misunderstood color

Puce is one of those colors that, like the nerdy girl in the third grade, is often misunderstood and even considered ugly. But if you give it a chance puce can be interesting and beautiful, just like that geek goddess waiting to blossom.

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What color is puce? - Reddish-brown or purplish-brown?

Just what color IS puce? Every definition you find will tell you that puce isn't so much a color as a range of colors, usually stated as ranging from reddish-brown to purplish-brown. To confuse the issue further, the hexidecimal code (or hex code, the way of definition a color in HTML) for puce is commonly accepted to be #CC8899, which is more of a rosy pink color.

Which of these is what you think of as puce?

What do you say, will you give puce a chance?

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      7 years ago

      Oh do stop the puce abuse! Personally, I use a shade of puce quite often as noses, tongues, etc. on drawings of pink skinned animals. Actual "pink" as it is available in digital pallettes tends to make them look cartoonish or to be too "loud" in comparison to other colors on the animal. Puce is the perfect solution. So yay for puce. Have another Angel blessing!

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      7 years ago

      Extraordinary by all means. Beautiful on most occasions...

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      Sherry Venegas 

      8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I like puce. It is a lovely color.

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      8 years ago

      ROTFL - this is quite a fun lens. ***Blessed by a Squid Angel***

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      SuperZoe LM 

      8 years ago

      Love the color.. but I'm not too crazy about the name. Maybe a name change is in order? ;-)

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      8 years ago

      Puce is a very nice floral color. I may have to do a coloring page with puce.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      At last! Someone else who appreciates puce

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      8 years ago

      Ah POO Puce! Well, I personally love the color and gravitate towards the lavender hue of it.

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      8 years ago

      @WildFacesGallery: I know! Sound like puke. Only somehow worse. :/ We should start a petition to rename it to lovelybrownishreddishpurplybitwithahintofgrey. Hmm, maybe not.

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      8 years ago from Iowa

      Love the color, hate the name. I mean really ... puce? It sounds very unappetizing. :)

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      8 years ago

      The spirit is willing but I've read too many Georgette Heyer books. In fact, fans of her books pounce upon "puce sightings" with glee. In her contexts, puce is always the choice of characters with negative personalities and I've been too well indoctrinated to change now. Oh.. grr... ok, I'll try.

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      Rachel Field 

      8 years ago

      Defintely! I think it's lovely ;)


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