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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Butter-colored walls and white chocolate trim

My friend stayed at someone's house recently and noticed a stunning paint color in the guest bedroom. Walls were the color of unsalted butter, with trim in white chocolate. (Honestly, that's the Benjamin Moore paint name!) I've always envied the people who get to name paints. Look at the vast array of things on earth to choose from. Yet, so many are named for foods.

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Years ago, when I moved into my house, and put new counters in the old-fashioned space, a designer friend told me to go to Home Depot and select a color from any sample chip not at eye level. Her theory was that the chips around the rim are the odd (preferred) colors. True enough, a color called aubergine (eggplant's name in Europe), was sitting at the edge. I chose it, painted the insides of the cabinets (several are open) butter yellow, and used sage for the cabinet doors and trim.

I'm not giving you the real names for the paint colors (I can't remember them). But I have color-naming envy, so I use food to describe what I mean. Doesn't everyone?

Posted by Sheryl Julian at 07:38 PM
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