Have you ever bought a colour because you loved the name? Did it instantly transport you to a place, a time, a memory or simply because of how it made you feel?
Fancy any from this 1574 colour chart? How about Ape’s Laugh, Merry Widow or Gooseturd Green?
And if this chart is anything to go by, it would suggest those creating colours had just as much fun coming up with names back in mediaeval times as they do now. I want to know if someone actually had the job of colour matching Gooseturd green!
Nowadays, a lot of time goes into choosing names. Get it right and it can sell itself.
The colour name that instantly comes to mind is Farrow & Ball’s Elephant’s Breath. There was a time this was the colour de jour. This colour was name dropped at dinner parties, coffee mornings and at the school gate. Tins were flying off the shelves.
Then there are the names that can turn us instantly off a colour.
What felt like decades, Magnolia, a very pale yellow, was the go-to colour for property developers and landlords across the UK. It was everywhere. For most people who had to live in wall-to-wall Magnolia now shudder when they even hear the name.
Have you had this experience?
And what if the colour was the same but the name was buttermilk, vanilla cream or pale primrose. Would it surprise you that these colour names sell well?
Over on my instagram post an interior designer commented that she had heard a story that a paint company in the 1970’s had a colour named Avocado which was a popular green at the time. But green along with the name Avocado fell out of fashion so they eventually renamed the same colour to Wasabi and it’s selling again.
Have you ever bought a colour because you fell in love with the name? Or maybe the name turned you off? I’d love to know. Drop your colour name and story in the comments below.
Wishing you a colourful day,