Colors similar to ecru are pale off-white to deeper beige in tone. Colors described as sand, linen, eggshell, cream or biscuit resemble ecru. The word "ecru" is derived from a French word meaning unbleached or raw.
Described as gray-yellow, or gray-yellow-brown, ecru has a 35 percent saturation (intensity) value and a 63 percent lightness value. Finding a color that is similar to ecru depends on the application and any coordinating shades. Since ecru itself varies from shades of yellow to brown to pink and more, depending on the material being used and the manufacturer, the easiest way to locate comparable shades is to use color charts, fabric swatches or paint swatches.