Written by Kate Curry
Welcome back to another edition of Color Swatches For The Soul, where we are taking a closer look at the symbolism of shades, and how to set the mood for your craft projects, fashion, and lifestyle with color psychology! Today we’re looking at Cashew.
The Brown Family
The color brown symbolizes earth, grounding, and stability. Brown hues are composed of a balance between each of the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. Because of this, browns naturally represent a balance of all things coming together to meet in the middle, and take on the tone of a slow and steady pace.
How Cashew Sets The Mood
Cashew is a bright, orangey shade of beige, which takes on that grounded nature of brown with an air of bouncy confidence! Cashew is the unspoken party-edition of khaki, offering a subtle difference up close, and a huge mood impact in a larger room, outfit, or project! Unlike cooler and more reserved shades of brown, Cashew is a bakery color. Although the color itself may not have a scent, it certainly feels like pecan pie candles, cinnamon rolls, flavored coffee, and that late-summer breeze.
How To Use Cashew In Your Craft Projects
Because Cashew toes the line between brown and orange, it is best used over large areas, with any competing colors kept either contained or neutral, if not both. For example, a multicolored polka dot pattern across a Cashew background would likely be too busy, but the same colors consolidated along the border of the project could be stunning! Single color details can hold up with more intricacy, and use white or brown to add a dramatic effect.
Cashew is a wonderful color to use in handmade gifts when you would like to level up your relationship with an acquaintance, colleague, or in-law. Because it is a ‘brown and’ color, it is comfortably neutral, while still holding the door open for more emotion!
Color Palettes For Cashew
One of the most classic color pairings for Cashew comes from the Southwest… Can you guess what it is? Leather and turquoise, baby. The curious, intellectual turquoise pushes the energetic earth Cashew to explore new terrain, cowboy style!
Cashew also pairs well with jewel tone reds, creams, navy blue, and cornflower blue. On its own, it may clash with purples and greens, but it can work well with thin embroidery-style patterns in just about any color!
Use Cashew when you want to explore in a grounded way, and add a little zest to your everyday life!