So…I’m on a bit of a color bender of late. It’s awfully hard not to be when you are eating, sleeping and breathing it, as well as taking a class in it this summer. I’ve begun to hoard things like fan decks and giant-sized paint chips (and no, I didn’t eat them as a kid – not that kind, anyway…). I’ve marveled at the creativity involved in naming these thousands upon thousands of tints, shades, and tones.

There are a few paint color names that are so apt, so dead-on it’s uncanny. I think I would like the job of naming colors. Since that’s unlikely to happen in this lifetime, I wanted to collect and share some of the best paint color names I have come across. You’ll see that the imagery and symbolism is not always…well…appetizing.

1.) 14 Carrots
Benjamin Moore
CSP-1110

2.) Knitting Needles
Sherwin-Williams
SW 7672

3.) Mardi Gras
Behr
UL-250-23

4.) Zeus
Sherwin-Williams
SW 7744

5.) Elephant’s Breath
Farrow & Ball
229

6.) Grandma’s China
Benjamin Moore
CSP-365

7.) Dead Salmon
Farrow & Ball
28

8.) Anonymous
Sherwin-Williams
SW 7046

9.) Cabbage White
Farrow & Ball
269

10.) La Fonda Spanish Dancer
Valspar
2005-3B

11.) Bamboozled
C2
C034

12.) Bracken Architrave Blue Verditer Pale
Pratt & Lambert
CW606

13.) Arsenic
Farrow & Ball
214

14.) Rainbow Fog
Ellen Kennon

15.) Nacho Cheese
Benjamin Moore
2018-40

16.) Flapper Beads
Pratt & Lambert
CL072

17.) Squirrel
Behr
790D-5

18.) Milk Moustache
C2
C080

19.) Carton
Martha Stewart Living
MSL079

20.) Yield
Dutch Boy
C22-1

Do you have a favorite? Which clever paint color names do you love that didn’t make my top 20?

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Posted by:Kelly R. - Interiors For Families

5 replies on “20 Great Paint Color Names

      1. Actually the one name in the Color Stories deck that has me scratching my head is “Face Powder”. Great color but for whose face? I wish I had that job on naming paint colors. How fun right?

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