The Colors in Spanish: Printable Worksheets and Posters

Inside: Learn the colors in Spanish with this guide and printable activities.

Los colores are often part of beginning Spanish vocabulary lessons. 

When you are a beginner, adjectives can be a great way to describe something around you or something you need, even when you don’t know the precise term. Kids love working with colors as well!

Keep in mind that the terms can vary somewhat, depending on the region and the preferences of the speaker (native speaker or not). 


1. Colors in Spanish Vocabulary
2. Spanish Colors Worksheets
3. Example Sentences with Colors
4. Hair, Skin, and Eye Colors in Spanish

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    Primary Colors in Spanish

    (Los colores primarios.)

    rojo  red

    amarillo – yellow

    verde – green

    azul – blue

    More Basic Spanish Colors

    (Los colores secundarios.)

    naranja / anaranjado – orange

    morado / violeta / púrpura – purple

    rosa / rosado – pink

    marrón / café – brown

    gris – gray

    negro – black

    blanco – white

    You’ll notice that several colors have multiple options.

    More Secondary Colors in Spanish

    dorado – gold

    fucsia – fuchsia

    verde claro – light green

    verde limón – lime green

    lila – light purple

    guinda – maroon

    azul marino – navy blue

    plateado – silver

    oro – gold

    celeste – sky blue

    turquesa – turquoise

    violeta – violet

    beige – beige

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      Common Beginner Sentences with Colors

      Mi color favorito es ____________. 

      My favorite color is ______________. 

      Me gusta el color _______________. 

      I like the color ________________.

      No me gusta el color _______________. 

      I don’t like the color ________________.

      Using Colors as Adjectives in Spanish

      Colors are adjectives. In Spanish, this means they usually go after the noun:

      1. La camisa amarilla (The yellow shirt)

      2. El libro azul (The blue book)

      3. Las flores rosadas (The pink flowers)

      The colors also change according to the gender and numbers of the things they are describing. Here are some examples!

      The color red in Spanish is rojo. Let’s look at rojo with different objects and numbers of objects:

      1. Quiero un suéter rojo(I want a red sweater.)

      It’s just one sweater, and suéter is masculine.

      2. Quiero una chaqueta roja(I want a red jacket.)

      It’s just one jacket, but chaqueta is feminine, so rojo becomes roja.

      3. Quiero dos suéters rojos. (I want two red sweaters.)

      It’s multiple sweaters, so rojo becomes rojos.

      4. Quiero dos chaquetas rojas. (I want two red jackets.)

      It’s multiple jackets, so rojo becomes rojas.

      The color green in Spanish is verde, which is a little different: it doesn’t end in an –o

      This means verde doesn’t change by the gender of the object, just the number. See these examples:

      1. Quiero una manzana verde(I want a green apple.)

      2. Quiero dos manzanas verdes(I want two green apples.)

      Colors with Ser and Estar

      Ser and estar both mean to be. When used with colors, ser refers to a permanent status and estar means it’s that color temporarily. 

      1. La mariposa es azul. (The butterfly is blue.)

      2. El tomato esta´ verde. (The tomato is green/unripe.)

      Colors for Hair and Skin in Spanish

      Describing someone’s appearance in Spanish sometimes uses different vocabulary than just the regular color words (like English, where you say blonde instead of white or yellow for hair). 

      How to Describe Basic Hair Colors in Spanish:

      Both pelo and cabello mean hair in Spanish. 

      cabello rubio – blonde hair

      cabello negro – black hair

      cabello castaño – brown/brunette hair

      cabello rojo – red hair

      pelirrojo – red haired

      cabello canoso – gray hair

      Other colors simply use the regular color vocabulary in Spanish (azul, rosado, etc.)

      You might hear someone described as moreno as well. This can refer to dark hair or skin color: Ella es morena. 

      How to Describe Skin Colors in Spanish:

      negro = black

      moreno = brown

      blanco = white

      These colors can follow the word piel (skin) or ser (to be):

      1. Ella tiene piel blanco. (She has white skin.)

      2. Ella es blanca.  (She is white.)

      How to Describe Basic Eye Colors in Spanish:

      ojos negros – black eyes

      ojos cafés – brown eyes

      ojos azules – blue eyes

      ojos grises – gray eyes

      ojos verdes – green eyes

      ojos avellanas – hazel eyes

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