I am trying to describe a situation where a particular color is too bright or harsh. But I don't think 'bright' and 'harsh' are the right words to use here. Is it right to replace the phrase 'too bright' with 'shouty'?

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    I'm not sure if this will help, but some synonyms that came to my mind are flashy, and flamboyant and gaudy.. maybe even blatant? Sep 27, 2016 at 8:24
  • And...dazzling! Sep 27, 2016 at 8:58
  • A "shouty colour" could be bright red text in a black document -- implying that someone reading out loud would raise their voice at that point. I wouldn't use it in any other sense
    – Chris H
    Sep 27, 2016 at 9:54
  • "Shouty" is unfamiliar to me, but sounds like a rephrasing of "loud", as in "That's a pretty loud outfit you're wearing." Though "loud" is generally applied to, eg, a checked pattern or something similar that is visually disorienting.
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 27, 2016 at 12:44

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There are more idiomatic ways to tie colors to adjectives of loudness.


Loud as visual description:

loud 1.2 Vulgarly obtrusive; flashy. - ODO


"Shouty," in this context, can mean whatever you want it to mean. It is not a generally accepted adjective in this sense.

If I read it used to describe a person, I'd understand that they were loud and brash, and possibly argumentative or with a short temper.

I'd probably have to think twice to understand what it meant with regards colour, but I could guess what it would mean.

Why not try "loud" or "brash" in this context?

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