Colors, Textures and Shapes Entry: Red

Real World Comparisons:


Cayenne pepper


Red bell pepper
Oscar red carpet
Stop signs, yield signs, no entry signs
Canadian Red Cross symbol


Kidney beans
Raw meat
Pomegranate seeds…

Shades of Red: Carmine, Crimson, Scarlet, Vermilion, Ruddy, Ruby…

Make every detail count

Colors are powerful descriptors, not fillers. Make sure that if you use a comparison or contrast to highlight a color, you choose the right one. Look at the setting and atmosphere you are working to create, then draw from the viewpoint character or narrator’s history, education and past experiences to find the right fit.

Colors not only paint a picture for readers; when used well, they can also create emotional and symbolic harmonies.

Looking to add vivid imagery to your character’s world? This thesaurus has been expanded and integrated into our online library at One Stop For Writers. There, entries have been enhanced to include symbolism opportunities, a wealth of real-world comparisons that can be woven into your writing, and examples of how to describe colors and patterns in ways that engage the reader’s imagination. This collection is also cross-referenced for easy searchability so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Interested in seeing a sampling of the updated Color and Pattern Thesaurus and our other collections? Head on over and register for free at One Stop!


Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, an online library packed with powerful tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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7 Responses to Colors, Textures and Shapes Entry: Red

  1. Marian says:

    Why are rose hips called, well, rose hips? “Hips” make me think of that part of the human anatomy. Any idea whether the botanical term has anything in common with that?

    Sorry if this seems really weird and out there. 🙂 Reading your list just put it into my head.

  2. Roy Buchanan says:

    Nicely done, Ladies. 🙂

  3. Mary Witzl says:

    I always like to study your examples descriptions. The comparison between effective and ineffective uses of color makes real sense.

  4. Angela says:

    Thanks everyone–glad this helps!

  5. Danyelle says:

    You gals are awesome! Thanks for all the time and effort you put into this!

  6. PJ Hoover says:

    My fav color and so important in my most recent WIP! Thanks!

  7. spamwarrior says:

    Yes! Another color! You’re a master at description.

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