I walked past a storefront dentist office in Brooklyn last week, which was painted bright pink. Not coral, not dusty rose, not salmon; but bright, bubble gum, Peptol Bismol pink. Ugh…
I think we all have a set of colors that not only strike a wrong chord personally, but would never look good anywhere. Some colors look pretty in a scarf or Impressionist painting but simply don’t belong on the wall. I hate to start a big dust-up, but at the same time I’m curious—is there a consensus as to what genuinely bad color is? I have my list and I’ll go first—the colors I hate most in interior painting (in no particular order):
- Pancake batter yellow
- Bubble gum pink
- Crayola purple
- Kelly green
- Tenement hall beige
- Super white
That said, I always come clean—if you have a picture of the most beautiful, specific and unusual use of pale yellow imaginable, then please post. I say often that color is contextual, and colors that thrill me in Mexico don’t necessarily look right at home. I’ll note this too—between rough draft and posting, I saw a picture in a coffee-table book of a well-appointed room in bright pink. It still doesn’t ring my bells.
And now to you: what color makes your teeth hurt? What color for domestic interior makes you run for the door? No toggles to pull, I want specifics! And play nice, you can post your favorites too.
Benjamin Moore Aura
I finally used the new miracle paint from Benjamin Moore on two different jobs in the last week, and I’d say that at this price point ($50/gallon) it comes highly recommended. The satin finish looks like oil paint, there really is no odor, and my deep reds really do cover in two coats. Well done.
- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter
(ReEdited from 2008-03-18 - MGR)