Collecting Le Creuset: colors
These are my cast iron braiser and oval French oven, in 5-quarts and 6 3/4-quarts, respectively. The French oven is in the color Rosemary, but the braiser is in the color Fennel. It is hard to tell in the picture that they are different, and honestly, if you didn’t already know, it would be hard to tell in real life, too. The Rosemary shades to a lighter green, but greens themselves are VERY similar. I often keep them next to each other on the stove, and they complement each other very well. Both greens are beautiful and lush, with not too much yellow in the tone. They are wonderful alongside oranges for the autumn, reds for the holidays, and any color in the spring and summer! (For the record, I don’t like all Le Creuset greens. For example, Spinach. Bleaugh!)
The only other lidded pot I have right now is the Heritage Chef’s Oven, or possibly the Soup Pot, in Marseille from Williams-Sonoma. There was some confusion about the actual name of the pot in question, but it has sloped sides, is about 4 1/4-quarts in volume, and was on a huge sale when I bought it, so I don’t really care what it’s called!
Ultimately, I decided to collect both blue and green pieces in complementary tones. That gives me a wide enough range that I should always be able to find the piece that I want in an acceptable color and a good price. In retrospect, I might have stuck with greens exclusively, but I love the Marseille blue so much that I HAD to have something in that color!
The very nice people at the Le Creuset Outlet Store told me that some people just collect a whole variety of colors, and don’t worry about matching anything at all. If you watch The Pioneer Woman, you’ll see just this approach, and it is beautiful. She has a lot of Le Creuset pieces, all in different, bright, beautiful colors. Her kitchen is mostly in neutral wood tones, and the the colorful Le Creuset and Fiestaware pieces she has all over the place are wonderful, and can be customized to fit the season! In the autumn you’ll see her use Le Creuset pots in Flame, with green plates, and at Christmas you’ll see pots in Rosemary or Fennel with beautiful red dishes.
If you love purple you could collect all the different purples as they are released, or pick a neutral (black, white, brown, tan) with a brighter color for accent pieces.
Certain Le Creuset colors are more long-lasting than others. Flame has been around pretty much forever, and there’s usually a red or cherry somewhere.
Ultimately, unless you currently have thousands of dollars to drop on cookware, you’re better off not trying to purchase a matching collection. And given how many beautiful colors there are, it’s better that way!