The 22 Most Bizarre Names For Wall Paints
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What's In A Name?1 of 23
By Rebecca Thienes
Ever wonder how wall paints are named? Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, draws her inspiration "from books, song lyrics, food, and places," while Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager at PPG Architectural Coatings, named the color Flapjack after her son Jack and his favorite breakfast food. From children and relatives to fruits, wild animals and pop culture, check out the wackiest paint names to add a little color to your home.
Mole's Breath2 of 23
After the success of Elephant's Breath, a phrase coined by legendary 20th-century decorator John Fowler, Farrow & Ball introduced Mole's Breath. Sara Cole, creative director of Farrow & Ball, describes this color as a "warm drab" making it the perfect tone for a muted library or cozy mudroom.
SHOP NOW: Farrow & Ball paint in Mole's Breath, $95 to $127 per gallon, us.farrow-ball.com
Dead Salmon3 of 23
OK, so it's not the most romantic name for paint—but don't let that deter you. The "dead" in Dead Salmon refers to the flat finish on the library walls at Kedleston Hall, an English country house and the historic inspiration for this serene, muted hue.
SHOP NOW: Farrow & Ball paint in Dead Salmon, $95 to $127 per gallon, us.farrow-ball.com
Newborn Baby4 of 23
Fresh and pink, Newborn Baby is aptly named, if not a bit literal. Peachy hues are meant to bring out rosy complexions, so try this in a boudoir or bath for a healthy glow.
SHOP NOW: Benjamin Moore Aura paint in Newborn Baby, $68 per gallon, benjaminmoore.com
Nacho Cheese5 of 23
This fearless shade, which does bear a striking resemblance to its namesake, would make a bold statement in the kitchen or dining room.
SHOP NOW: Benjamin Moore Aura paint in Nacho Cheese, $68 per gallon, benjaminmoore.com
Grandma's Sweater6 of 23
Traditional and soothing, this blue hue certainly captures the essence of a white-haired matriarch.
SHOP NOW: Benjamin Moore Aura paint in Grandma's Sweater, $68 per gallon, benjaminmoore.com
Mayonnaise7 of 23
Food tends to be a popular inspiration for color names, and Mayonnaise proves the point. The cream-colored hue is a pretty alternative to stark white.
SHOP NOW: Benjamin Moore Aura paint in Mayonnaise, $68 per gallon, benjaminmoore.com
Pancake Syrup8 of 23
Benjamin Moore's color experts have found the most inventive way to say brown: Pancake Syrup. It's warm, it's, well, syrupy, and it finally gives all the paint names with chocolate references a little competition.
SHOP NOW: Benjamin Moore Aura paint in Pancake Syrup, $68 per gallon, benjaminmoore.com
Ship's Ahoy9 of 23
We're not sure if the nod to Chips Ahoy was intentional, but this nautical hue has a timeless yet playful feel that would be great for a kid's rec room.
SHOP NOW: Olympic paint in Ship's Ahoy, $20 to $29 per gallon, olympic.com
Abracadabra10 of 23
Like in Steve Miller Band's eponymous song from the '80's, this color makes us want to reach out and grab it. Song titles and lyrics frequently are referenced in paint color names, so be on the lookout for Blurred Lines coming soon.
SHOP NOW: Olympic paint in Abracadabra, $20 to $29 per gallon, olympic.com
Lettuce Alone11 of 23
If you think of this shade as perfect for a serene, solitary spaces, then this pun-y name actually makes sense.
SHOP NOW: Olympic paint in Lettuce Alone, $20 to $29 per gallon, olympic.com
Exclusive Plum12 of 23
Sherwin-Williams crowns Exclusive Plum their Color of the Year for 2014. Now that plum is finally a little less promiscuous, we're ready for a long-term relationship with the shade.
SHOP NOW: Sherwin-Williams paint in Exclusive Plum, starts at $37 per gallon, sherwin-williams.com
Cardboard13 of 23
OK, so it's not an aspirational color name, but there's something simple and practical about this shade that makes it very versatile—just check it out in this kids' playroom.
SHOP NOW: Sherwin-Williams paint in Cardboard, starts at $37 per gallon, sherwin-williams.com
Chop Sticks14 of 23
We're super-intrigued by this name choice and its nod to popular eating utensils. A warm neutral, this beige tone works as well in cozy, shabby-chic spaces as it does in more contemporary settings.
SHOP NOW: Sherwin-Williams paint in Chop Sticks, starts at $37 per gallon, sherwin-williams.com
Bagel15 of 23
This pale brown hue is just right for lovers of NYC delis and black-and-white cookies.
SHOP NOW: Sherwin-Williams paint in Bagel, starts at $37 per gallon, sherwin-williams.com
Vegan16 of 23
Lighter than kale but darker than celery, this fresh, lively shade will add a sunniness to any space.
SHOP NOW: Sherwin-Williams paint in Vegan, starts at $37 per gallon, sherwin-williams.com
Functional Gray17 of 23
A serious workhorse, Functional Gray is tops when it comes to neutrals, and would do the trick in a small powder room or office space.
SHOP NOW: Sherwin-Williams paint in Functional Gray, starts at $37 per gallon, sherwin-williams.com
Gentle Fawn18 of 23
We love how the adjective "gentle" brings to mind a fuzzy Bambi-like friend. Try this wall color for creating cozy nesting areas throughout the home.
SHOP NOW: The Home Depot Glidden Premium Eggshell interior paint in Gentle Fawn, $24, glidden.com
Whispering Wheat19 of 23
An alliterative way to say taupe, Whispering Wheat works well with browns, creamy whites and pale greens, making it perfect for laid-back living rooms.
SHOP NOW: The Home Depot Glidden Premium Eggshell interior paint in Whispering Wheat, $24, glidden.com
Extra Virgin Olive Oil20 of 23
There's no mistaking the richness of this golden shade for anything but its namesake. Energize the kitchen walls with this tasty choice.
SHOP NOW: The Home Depot Glidden Premium Eggshell interior paint in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $24, homedepot.com
Frosted Green Grape21 of 23
On a hot summer day, nothing refreshes the palette like a frozen grape. This shade cools the eye as well, with its subtle sophistication making any room a great place to chill out.
SHOP NOW: The Home Depot Glidden Premium Eggshell interior paint in Frosted Green Grape, $24, homedepot.com
Miami Weiss22 of 23
Borrowing from the German word for white, Behr's Miami Weiss works well with its color complement South Peach. Think we're joking? Check them out here.
SHOP NOW: Behr paint in Miami Weiss, $32 to $35 per gallon, behr.com
Hipsterfication23 of 23
We're a little unsure how this particular color encapsulates the wave of young trendy folks taking over an old-school area or neighborhood, but we're game. Maybe the rich hue refers to the hipster love of reclaimed woods and coffee houses? Just guessing.
SHOP NOW: Behr paint in Hipsterfication, $32 to $35 per gallon, behr.com
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