Wednesday, April 30, 2008

4-0908T

There’s a shade of paint called Bruised Lilac. I don’t know which paint company came up with it, but it seems like a clear indication that they had a poet in their Department for Nomenclature of Shades, or whatever it is that paint companies have.

Considering how easy it is to come up with poetic names for colours, it seems to me that paint companies do a deplorable job most of the time. Berger Paints for example has this beautiful shade of green.


For me, it evokes pine trees on a hillside on a foggy morning – a damp, cool shade, sort of fuzzy around the edges. They could have called it Misty Pine, or Smoky Cypress. Instead, they call it 4-0908T. I’m lost for words.

It must be remembered, of course, that Berger is the company that came up with the obnoxious pink and blue Taj Mahal for their ad campaign, so I suppose they don’t know any better. But 4-0908T still rankles.

In the world according to Sroyon, paint companies would not give names to shades that sound like an Asimov robot or a computer virus. In their Department for Nomenclature of Shades, they would employ (at a good salary) young poets trying to make their mark. And with luck and a little imagination, reading a shade card could be as much of a pleasure as looking at one.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wisps of Randomness said...
Berger Paints should definitely read this:-)

Rahul Saha said...
I would have called this shade "sryon's ramblings". Hows that?

little boxes said...
listen carefully,if this world ever sees the light of the day,make sure i'm employed...
i promise i'll give some extraordinary poetic names with insurmountable levels of intellect :)

Sroyon said...
@wisps: If only, kid, if only.

@saha: Names I suggested were MUCH better, thank you.

@little boxes: Sure. In the world according to Sroyon, everyone who has ever commented on this blog gets to do whatever they want.

Rara Avis said...

Am I colour blind? That looks blue to me, not green at all.

fleur-de-lis said...

O ma! :)

Sroyon said...

@Raktima: Looks green to me, but may be something to do with monitor settings.