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    'The painting has a natural coloured wooden frame.'
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    I am not sure about the use of 'natural', here. To me, 'natural ... frame' feels like the frame could have been made of wooden branches or twigs. That is not what I tried to express.

    The frame is made of nicely polished wooden strips, and the painter gave these a kind of green-brownish colour, as often seen in Nature. How to modify coloured to express this quality?
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    Thanks!

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    Default Re: bloody wooden frame

    Quote Originally Posted by anfad
    'The painting has a natural coloured wooden frame.'
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    I am not sure about the use of 'natural', here. To me, 'natural ... frame' feels like the frame could have been made of wooden branches or twigs. That is not what I tried to express.

    The frame is made of nicely polished wooden strips, and the painter gave these a kind of green-brownish colour, as often seen in Nature. How to modify coloured to express this quality?
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    To me, "natural-colored wood" means wood that has not been stained. It would exist as it was cut from a log, except that it might be preserved with a colorless preservative, such as polyurethane.

    If the artist painted the wood "greenish brown" or "brownish-green", then "natural-colored" would not be the correct description. I would use the "greenish-brown" or "brownish-green" description. :wink:

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    While you are logically right, I tyhink they might mean something like stained rather than painted- colored but with the wood coming through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    While you are logically right, I tyhink they might mean something like stained rather than painted- colored but with the wood coming through.
    It could be "stain", but stains also have colors. :wink:

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