Turmeric is a particular shade of yellow. It’s earthy, spicy, golden, with a touch of brown and a tinge of orange.
It’s a spice, related to ginger, that has no end of uses; medicinal, cosmetic, religious, ceremonial. It’s used extensively in Asia to dye saris and Buddhist robes. Here in the UK we mainly use it in cooking Indian food… and in Colman’s English mustard to give it that distinctive yellow colour.
It’s a soft, calming colour when used in interior decoration. It lends itself to being used alongside other ‘spicy’ colours – saffron, cinnamon, paprika, cumin, cayenne. Think of how photogenic they look when for sale in markets, displayed all together in large pyramid-shaped piles. Also looks fabulous contrasting with hot pinks such as fuchsia – and as a highlight colour against grey and near black shades.