I once talked to a painter and we discussed wall colors. I have a hallway beautifully painted in pink and I love it. The walls were nougat colored before and we thought that was a little dark and gloomy so we decided on pink instead. The painter I talked to explained that he once had a job where he was asked to paint in “boldly beige”. Both he and I thought this must be an oxymoron.

Since then I’ve found quite a few of these. I have a friend who said she cleaned out the only navy blue garment from her wardrobe, it felt too flaring among all the grays and blacks. I’ve never heard navy blue described as flaring before. Flaringly navy blue and boldy beige…

Today I showed my mum the socks I knit for her. She picked the color and I find them a bit dark now that I’m longing for spring. My mum disagreed, she found them snappy.. Snappy wine red, here we go again. I think I will start to collect these funny color descriptions – boldy beige, flaringly navy blue and snappy wine red. What’s next, descreetly cerise?