Colour is our daylong obsession, joy and torment.– Claude Monet –
I am such a Goldilocks when it comes to colour. Orange makes me feel itchy and uptight. Purple and red can be so overbearing. A small amount of yellow is cheery but too much is depressing. Muted blues and greens are usually my ‘just right’ colours. Ocean colours make me feel relaxed and peaceful.
Our painter dropped over this morning. He is about to paint the exterior of our house except I still can’t pin down the colour I want for the walls. My Goldilocks syndrome is in full swing. He encouraged me to look for houses I like in the area and go door knocking.
So later I knocked on a neighbour’s door and asked what colour they had painted their weather boards. It was Shuttle Bus (Taubmans). I bought a sample pot. I quite like it. At least I think I do.
So far I have tried: Tranquil Retreat (Dulux), Milton Moon (Dulux), Endless Dusk (Dulux), Silver Night (Haymes) and Miller Mood (Dulux). None have been quite right.
When I found the Shuttle Bus chip at the paint store my eye was also drawn to another one: Mountain Stream (Taubmans). I tried full strength and half strength. Sooooo pretty. But will it work on my weather boards?
Or is it just the name that I like?
Sometimes I daydream that my perfect job would be assigning names to colours. A bit like naming babies. When I was naming my babies I had enough reserve names for a whole army. In the end I only needed two (four if you count middle names). Naming paint colours seems like a good use for all those extra names.
I wonder why paint colour names grab me more than the colours themselves? Here are some I totally dig:
- Washington Cherry (Porter’s)
- Library Red (Porter’s)
- Twig Basket (Behr)
- Blessing (Behr)
- Poet (Berger)
- Skin Deep (Berger)
- Tiptoes (Dulux)
- Sea Drifter (Dulux)
- Water Music (Dulux)
- Seachange (Dulux)
- Equanimity (Dulux)
- Flooded Gum (Dulux)
- Sealock (Haymes)
- Bali Garden (Haymes)
- Wavelet (Haymes)
- Cool Jazz (Haymes)
- Sea Salt (Benjamin Moore)
- Wild Blue Yonder (Benjamin Moore)
- Picnic (Sherwin Williams)
- Julep (Sherwin Williams)
- Raindrop (Sherwin Williams)
- Indigo Batik (Sherwin Williams)
About seven years ago we had the interior walls of our house painted. We still laugh over the name of the colour in our lounge room. It is a lovely neutral called Self Destruct (Dulux). We went for half strength. We like the colour but what a funny name!
Here are some other amusing names for paint colours:
- Roman Holiday (Porter’s)
- Possum Breath (Porter’s)
- Thousand Drums (Porter’s)
- Dear John (Behr)
- On Vacation (Behr)
- Soul Search (Behr)
- Stuck on You (Berger)
- Almost Time (Berger)
- Press Release (Berger)
- Mexican Standoff (Dulux)
- Scallywag (Dulux)
- Wiggle (Dulux)
- Cheesey Grin (Dulux)
- Sneezy (Dulux)
- Cuddle (Dulux)
- Snoop (Dulux)
- Foxy Lady (Haymes)
- Pitty Pat (Haymes)
- Emotional (Sherwin Williams)
- At Ease Soldier (Sherwin Williams)
- Proposal (Benjamin Moore)
- Fancy Pants (Benjamin Moore)
If you are on a paint colour quest for your home and you feel a bit queasy about it, here are a few tips I have learned so far:
Looking at paint colours online is almost a futile exercise. They don’t look anything like they do in the light of day plus if you have a blue light filter on your glasses or phone, then everything will look more yellow than it is.
Having said that, there was a silver lining to my hunt for paint colour. I discovered a fabulous website called Encycolorpedia. They have the low down on every paint colour you can imagine. https://encycolorpedia.com/
Better yet, go to the local paint store and peruse the paint chips. Get a feel for the colours that you like. Narrow it down to two or three colours and buy some sample pots. Find pieces of cardboard A3 size or bigger to paint. Start with a white primer and then two coats of each colour. Allow 2 hours to dry. Look at these over a few days and in different lights.
Do consider how a colour makes you feel. And try not to get too distracted (like I do) by its name.
If you are still bamboozled (as I was!) talk to a colour consultant. They are amazing people who can help you work out what to do with your colour dilemmas. The consultants at Thornton & Blake are wonderful! You can find them here: https://thorntonandblake.com.au/ and here: https://www.instagram.com/thorntonandblake/
The staff at Paint Right in Springwood are awesome too: https://paintrightspringwood.com.au/
Or go door knocking.
That is all I have for now.
What are your favourite paint colours?