Complex • Sophisticated • Luxury


Inspired by all the interest, curiosity, and obsession about color that some friends and I created last month, here is my Enchanting Color Crush of the Week: PUCE (No, it’s not a shade of green.) This is for you, Kelly 😉 Kelly doesn’t like Puce.

But she brought it up, and really stirred my color obsession! I’m willing to bet there are lots of people who don’t like it, but I LOVE Puce!! It truly moves me. As a Shimmering Radiance™, Puce “speaks” to me on many levels.

Here is my analysis of Puce:
Puce is complex and moody. It speaks of wealth and sophistication in an understated manner. It has downward energy and is restful, somewhat mystical, and dreamy in a sultry way. It gives me the feeling I get after taking a deep, surrendering breath. The feeling I get while sitting outdoors, listening to the soft rain melting onto the aluminum awning of my porch. The color lulls me and leads me to muse about the depths of beauty.

Puce, a soft blend of pink/purple and brown is a grounding, yet ethereal color. Deep Puce is rich and luxurious, whereas Pale Puce is soft and luxurious. The influence of purple on the brown creates an air of elegance while retaining an element of comfort. The brown tempers any haughtiness of purple’s suggestion, and creates a grounding effect. The complexity lies within this dichotomy of prestige and earthiness.
Puce is defined as being a dark pink/purplish brown or brownish pink/purple. A lighter form of Puce is commonly referred to as Puce Pink. The moodiness lifts with this tone or tint of Puce, yet all the sophistication and complexity remain.

Some words for the symbolism of Puce according to my interpretation:

  • Sophisticated
  • Aristocratic
  • Complex
  • Thoughtful
  • Gracious
  • Grounding
  • Feminine
  • Sultry
  • Luxury
  • Intuition
  • Ethereal (Puce Pink)
  • Warm yet aloof
  • Earthy
  • Connection
  • Truth

To see more beautiful images representing the color Puce, check out my Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/enchantyourbrand/color-crush-~puce

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