4. Colour Vocabulary

Decorating

Main Practice:     colour vocabulary
Revision:                making suggestions  -  adjectives  -  phrases of agreement

Vocabulary
get down to  -  (informal) let's start a task, i.e.
  • Let's get down to planning our holiday.
  • When are you going to get down to your homework?
  • I must get down to writing 'thank you' cards for my  brithday presents.

elegant  -  stylish, graceful; showing good taste, i.e.
  • She wore a very elegant dress.
  • The house is very elegant.  

calm  -  not anxious; relaxed; a colour can make a person feel calm

light  -  not a strong colour, not dark 

dark  -  a deeper, richer colour

pale  -  lacking intensity of colour; of a lighter shade than 'light', i.e.
  • The walls were a very pale blue, the carpet a dark green. 

floral  -   a pattern flowers in a repeated decorative design



Conversation

Bill and Sam discuss the colour schemes for decorating their home.


Enter the correct colour numbers in the conversation below.
Remember: to some extent how we see colours is subjective;

not everyone agrees. 

colours


Sam:  Right, let's get down to choosing some colours. I have the
            colour chart here.

Bill:   Fine. Well, I thought a terracotta brown would be nice
            for the living room.

Sam:  Oh no, Bill, too strong. I suggest a pale apricot . It's a
            warm, pleasant colour.

Bill:   Warm, yes, but almost as boring as beige .

Sam:  All right, how about a pale olive green for the walls with
            dark green for the windows and doors.

Bill:   Okay, that could look quite elegant, calm.

Sam:  Right, now, the kitchen.

Bill:   I suggest, sky blue and lilac . Nice and vibrant.

Sam:  Bill, too vibrant. What about a pale yellow for the
            walls and light green for windows and doors?

Bill:  All right, but not the green, I prefer cream .

Sam: Fine. Okay. So, now the bathroom.

Bill:  Light blue and turquoise green .

Sam: Mmm…okay, that sounds good.

Bill:  Now, I only have to get Tim to agree to help me do the
           decorating.


Write a description of the colour scheme of this room. Then check the model answer below.

The walls of the room are ........................   . The ceiling is ..................../ and
........................... .  The windows and carpet are ........................  and the curtains
and cushions  ..........................  with an  ......................   and .....................
.....................   pattern.

Bedroom colour exercise










The walls of the room are light/pale yellow. The ceiling is light/pale blue and light/pale yellow. The windows and carpet are white and the curtains and cushions light/pale yellow with an orange and green floral pattern.