Sable, one of many words on my somberism list – is it brown or is it black? Well, that all depends on where you read-up on it.
Wikipedia refers to the colour sable while introducing us to heraldry and describes it as a black tincture, while other online searches lead to sable coloured dogs, sable paint colours, and of course, the furry mammal named sable.
Merriam Webster’s online dictionary describes sable as being first used as far back as the 14th century to describe the colour black, and also associates it with clothing worn when mourning. The latter is clearly more somber than the former.
Albeit a direct link to the somberism theme, when refering to Pantone’s colour chart, sable can evoke a sense of richness, depth and warmth.
Basing this colour scheme on Pantone’s colour swatch P 19-1320 encouraged me to introduce rich hues of reddish brown and added a sense of warmth to colours otherwise considered stark and dark – such as raven, charcoal, or ebony:
Although I was slightly tempted to argue the choice of colour pigments applied to the word sable, instead of arguing and debating, I chose to work with it by modifying it to meet the theme I embarked on.
Please select a sabled colour tab to view a somber colour matched poem: