Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Top 10 Odd House Paint Colors!

The human eye can perceive 10 million different colors. 

Lets try to come up with a few paint colors: Red, Yellow, and Blue. That takes care of the basic color wheel. So three out of 10 million down. Lots of color names to keep coming up with. How about peach, sunset, sand, statio tile red, gray oynx, and so on and so on.

One thing paint manufacturers do to name colors is attach a feeling rather than a trying to describe the actual color. Instead of calling it Sand they give it a description like "A Day at The Beach". There may not be a color called "A Day at The Beach" but you get the point. With so many choices one can only shift the same words around so many times to produce unique color descriptions.

After naming a few hundred colors you just run out of options.  Just looking at the color charts of most home improvement stores makes ones eyes cross. Could you imagine naming them all? Wouldn't that be the best job on the planet? So in an attempt to name all of these hundreds of colors did some of the companies just become complacent, bored, or lazy in there naming regiment? Perhaps. Maybe that's why we have some of the colors below.

Here is a list of the top 10 paint name oddities:

  1. Dream I Can Fly (Benjamin Moore 769)
  2. Muddled Basil (Sherwin Williams 7745)
  3. Urban Putty (Sherwin Williams 7532)
  4. American Cheese (Benjamin Moore 2019-40) 
  5. Cinnabark (Home Depot UL130-22)
  6. Garden Element (Diamond Vogel H17 7838)
  7. Leather Bound (Sherwin Williams 6118)
  8. Polished (Home Depot UL200-11)
  9. Painters White (Home Depot UL260-13)
  10. Manchester Mood (Diamond Vogel J15 8478)

This is only our opinion. If you think that your color has an odder, less meaningful or useless name please comment below and we will start a visitor list of colors. 


  1. I love this! Names of colors have always boggled me... You forgot "Apocalypse Now," "Shameful" and "Dreary Days" --- can you tell what kind of mood I'm in?

  2. Just bookmarked your blog. Got excellent ideas before painting my house.

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