When Paint Names Don’t Match Their Color

Who doesn’t think that picking names of paint is the best job in the world? I’d love to do that for a living!

You sit at a table with a bunch of colors in front of you and start rattling off the names. Let’s see, here’s a light green … let’s call you … Baby Grasshopper! Voila! I just named a paint color!

There are some paint names that are just perfect like Pistachio Ice Cream, Butter Cookie and one of the most intriguing names to me, Face Powder all are from the Color Stories collection of Benjamin Moore.

But once in a while I come across a paint name that is just off. The color may be great but the name just doesn’t fit. Here’s one by Glidden. It’s call Sexy Pink. Now this is a great, great color but the problem I have is that I don’t like the word “sexy” in a color that’s associated with a little girls room – just too creepy to me. If the name wasn’t already taken I’d call it, Girly Girl or something cutsie like Pinch My Cheeks but certainly not a grown up name in a color associated with a little girl.


Having said that and renamed this amazing pink, what is a sexy color? Well I took it upon myself to choose a color in the Glidden color palette that would be better suited as a sexy color and it’s Frosted Mulberry.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, Frosted Mulberry is a very sexy color and it belongs in the Master Bedroom. Nuff said 🙂


Ok, this was a fun post and believe it or not, sometimes when I choose color for my clients and we’re undecided between two colors, the name is the deciding factor.

So paint companies, name your paints wisely and let me know if you need help with that 🙂

About Donna Frasca

I am an energy that has found a new vibration and frequency. Through many years of writing, learning, and experiencing, I've found comfort in trusting in myself and in Spirit.
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6 Responses to When Paint Names Don’t Match Their Color

  1. jaxdecor says:

    Sometimes I’m tempted to choose a colour based on the name. But then I certainly wouldn’t have ended up with Silver Marlin in my family room, which I love even though it’s named after a fish!

    Love Frosted Mulberry – it looks a lot like ICI Purple Granite, which is the colour in our guest bathroom. And yep, it’s sexy!

  2. Donna Frasca says:

    Hi Kelly! For the most part paint names are fairly related to the color it’s representing but holy cow sometimes so off! Yes, pretty much any purple is super sexy for the bedroom 🙂

  3. One of my favorite BMcolors is Whale gray and when I’ve told my clients about this color – they cringe even before they see it…Whales???

  4. The crazy thing is that (as a faux painter) when I’m torn between color choices, I often choose the one with the most appealing name. So if I’m hungry at the time ‘pistachio’ might when out over ‘seafoam’ whereas if I need a vacation, ‘seafoam’ is the winner. LOL

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