Colors Information

Color identification & color name selection:

Warning: Color name errors are the highest cause of return shipping cost and restocking fees. We do not offer free returns. Please don't guess at your color name.

Warning: Do not rely on colors in a computer environment. There are too many variables such as video card, monitor quality, brightness, contrast, room lighting, viewing angle. Mobile devices are less accurate than full-sized monitors.

Customer comments 2020,  ~ "The Bemis yellow which was online looked the closest online and when it came it wasn’t as dark as the photo and it was too light...and a waste of $$$ - that’s why I’m here now...don’t want to make any more mistakes."  ~ "I held my computer next to the toilet." (Don't do that!) "Wow, you guys are really serious about this."

(Color Identification Service order.)

Color identification leads to a color name.  Blue and yellow are color families.  Cerulean Blue and Saffron Yellow are color names. 

Step 1: Color identification. Once you have pin-pointed your color name, you can move to color name selection for making an order.  Color names are derived from brand names, model numbers and years of production.  See our Color Identification Service link.

Step 2: Color name selection.  The color circles on product pages are a convenience for making a color name selection.  You must know or find out a color name in order to make a color selection. Color Identification Service

Online colors are not fully accurate due to variances in computer monitor qualities, video card variances, and settings. Desktop monitors will be most accurate. Laptops, pads, and phones are the least accurate. We are not responsible for color selection accuracy made from these samples.  Use the Color Identification service or contact us.

Q: How can I tell what the name of my color is?

A: Our product pages include a color name selector. Scroll over a color dot and the color name will appear.

Q: Do any of the numbers inside my toilet indicate the color name ?

A: No.

Q: I can't tell if my color is White or Bone*. What should I do?

A: If your kitchen has white appliances, compare to those.

A: White paper test: Compare by holding a piece of white paper or an envelope next to your toilet. If your toilet is White, the paper will match. If your toilet is Almond, Biscuit, Bone, Natural, etc., you'll see a difference.

A: Or take a sample from your toilet to a plumbing store that displays fixtures and compare to those. (Home Depot, Lowe's, etc. have displays.) If there are no bone* displays in the fixture area, go to the toilet seat section. When viewed separately it is difficult to distinguish white and bone*. When held next to each other it is easy to tell the difference.

* There are many "off-whites" - American Standard Warm White (1993), Linen (1997) & Bone (1969); Kohler Almond (1981) & Biscuit (1993); Eljer Natural. Toilets in the 1950s and earlier were often made in a duller, grayer shade of white, which compared to later white production may seem to be "off-white". But there was no such color name and there was only one white.

(You might be color blind.) Facts About Color Blindness

 

A word about "Whites":

There is no color name "Off White." However, there are colors in the off white range. Common names are Bone, Biscuit, Linen, Natural.  White production before circa 1955 sometimes had a greyer, duller tone compared to current, modern production. This confuses some people into thinking they have "Off White." There can be slight tone or brightness differences in White between different brands in current production. Toto Colonial White matches American Standard White since 2000. Toto Cotton White matches American Standard White prior to 2000 and Kohler White. Depending on light-source strength; angle; and distance, these slightly different shades may or may not be perceptible. And again, some people have stronger color perception than others. Tip: White paper test - Hold a piece of white printer paper next to the porcelain toilet (not the seat.) If the paper and the porcelain match, your color is white. If you see a difference, you have a color in the off white range as described above.