When our children were little, we had a Saturday morning tradition of going to Dunkin Donuts and bringing home a dozen donuts for the kids to eat while they watched their cartoons. They each got to pick their favorite to include in the dozen. Our daughter invariably chose Bavarian Creme. So it was curious that the color we chose to paint our bathroom and dressing area this weekend was called Bavarian Creme.
We poured over numerous color charts and paint chips before we purchased our gallon. What was interesting to me were the variety of colors that take their names from food items. Looking for the right creamy yellow shade had me considering Sweet Corn, Banana Split, and Melted Butter. I also deliberated on Bagel, but not on Cream Cheese, and even thought Clam Chowder would be a pleasant choice.
Whatever happened to colors which reflected things in nature? Remember Burnt Sienna, Goldenrod, and Desert Sand? I haven’t bought a box of Crayola crayons in years, but I remember so many of those wonderful names. I know they’ve probably updated some of them by now and added new colors, but please tell me they haven’t succumbed to using food names, too.
Not only did I see the food names on the paint cards, I saw colors that depicted alcoholic beverages, names like Cherry Wine, Chianti, Strawberry Daiquiri, and Champagne Tickle. Those paint colors and others with names like Raspberry Mousse, Thick Chocolate, and Juicy Passionfruit make me think that we are obsessed with food and drinking. We’ve come a long way since mauve was an unusual color name. Don’t get me wrong. I think the new names are very descriptive, but in a nation that is focused on the obesity issue and healthy eating habits, perhaps Cornflower Blue and Periwinkle would do just fine.
At any rate, my Bavarian Creme bathroom and dressing area is indeed a good color choice, and every time I walk into it, I think back to those wonderful Saturdays with our children…and have an urge to run to Dunkin Donuts.