Name your own paint colour?
I have always wanted to name something new, such as a paint colour, a chocolate bar or an ice cream flavour. I don't know why, but the idea of applying some degree of creativity to a consumer product really appeals to me. Sadly, I have yet to name anything, other than my pet rabbit Al, and, while adorable, he kind of lacks the universal appeal of a new colour.
But, 30 people got to realize my dream recently, when General Paint invited Canadians to name their new palette of "down to earth" colours — a mellow set of nature inspired blue, greens and brown hues. And, of course, they had to explain their choices, which I found fascinating.
For example, the beige-grey colour "Kamala" is named after an elephant at the Calgary Zoo.
Subi from Markham named the colour "Apple Crumble" after the "mix of sweet honey and buttery oats crumbled on top of a steamy baked cinnamon apple pie just fresh out of the oven."
And the colour "Clothes Line Sky" got its name from Caroline in Aurora, who says "when the sky is that colour it makes you want to hang out your laundry to dry in the fresh air."
I can't possibly name the stories behind all the colours here (after all, Christmas is only a week away and I have a lot of preparation, wrapping, packing and cleaning to do!) but you can read them on General Paint's website!