Chestnut (color)

Chestnut or castaneous[1] is a colour, a medium reddish shade of brown (displayed right), and is named after the nut of the chestnut tree. An alternate name for the colour is badious.[2]

About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet#954535
sRGBB (r, g, b)(149, 69, 53)
HSV (h, s, v)(10°, 64%, 58%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(39, 63, 19°)
SourceMaerz and Paul
ISCC–NBS descriptorStrong reddish brown
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Indian red is a similar but separate and distinct colour from chestnut.[citation needed]

Chestnut is also a very dark tan that almost appears brown.


Chestnuts can be found on the ground around chestnut trees.

The name chestnut derives from the color of the nut of the chestnut tree. The first recorded use of chestnut as a color term in English was in 1555.[3] The color maroon is also named after the chestnut (via French marron).

Variations of chestnutEdit

Deep chestnutEdit

Chestnut (Crayola)
      Color coordinates
Hex triplet#B94E48
sRGBB (r, g, b)(185, 78, 72)
HSV (h, s, v)(3°, 61%, 73%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(47, 83, 14°)
ISCC–NBS descriptorDark reddish orange
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Deep chestnut is the color called chestnut in Crayola crayons. This colour was also produced in a special limited edition in which it was called Vermont maple syrup.

At the request of educators worried that children (mistakenly) believed the name represented the skin colour of Native Americans, Crayola changed the name of their crayon colour "Indian Red", originally formulated in 1958, to "Chestnut" in 1999.[4] In reality, the colour Indian red has nothing to do with American Indians but is an iron oxide pigment the use of which is popular in India.

Chestnut in natureEdit

Chestnut-backed chickadee

Chestnut in human cultureEdit

Animal husbandry

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ian Paterson. A Dictionary of Colour: A Lexicon of the Language of Colour. Thorogood Publishing Ltd, 2003
  2. ^ "Wordnik". Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ Mish, Frederic C., Editor in Chief Webster's Tenth New Collegiate Dictionary Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A.:1994--Merriam-Webster Page 197
  4. ^ "Explore Colors". Archived from the original on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2018.