Quote from BoonvtM
Well actually it's a little more shaded than that (top half lighter bottom darker), but in a nutshell you're pretty much right.
In most cases I simply used the color that was present in the middle (not shiny nor shady). In some I used a middle-tone color, like the iron ingot, ender eye and minecarts... I agree that Mojang would use multiple colors for outlines instead of removing it altogether.
Quote from Epicness1324
Actually, the ingots, emerald, ender pearl, ghast tear, saddle, bucket, water bucket, and lava bucket look really nice.
Yeah I liked the buckets a lot... but as I said I like realism anyway.
The worst is tools and armor IMO.