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Issue 13 · India Song · April 3, 2014

Palette & Paints: India-Inspired Paint Colors

Issue 13 · India Song · April 3, 2014

When we think of India, we think of color. We imagine the nearly-neon pigments of the springtime festival Holi, and remember Diana Vreeland's declaration that "pink is the navy blue of India." (For more on that, read Michelle's Domestic Dispatches.)

But perhaps most of all, we think of India's earthy hues: still bright, but muted enough to be infinitely usable in India and beyond. We noted that several shades in our recent post on Metallic Wall Paints would flatter these colors beautifully (especially Warm Silver and English Brown).

Photographs by Meredith Swinehart

India Inspired Paint Colors, Remodelista

Above: Top row, left to right: Farrow & Ball Incarnadine; Farrow & Ball India Yellow; Farrow & Ball Brinjal; and Ralph Lauren Baltic Blue. Bottom row: Valspar Swiftly Green; Valspar Perfect Storm; Valspar La Fonda Ortiz Gold; and Valspar Bear Claw

Farrow & Ball Incarnadine, India Inspired Paint Colors, Remodelista

Above: Farrow & Ball's Incarnadine is, if you ask us, the perfect earthy red. (The paint maker notes that this crimson is similar to the one used by famed designer David Hicks in the 1970s.)

Farrow & Ball India Yellow, India Inspired Paint Colors, Remodelista

Above: Farrow & Ball's India Yellow has a colorful past—the pigment on which it is based was first available in England in the 18th century, and made by reducing the bright yellow urine of cows fed on a special diet of mango leaves.

Farrow & Ball Brinjal, India Inspired Paint Colors, Remodelista

Above: Farrow & Ball's Brinjal takes its name from a South Asian word for eggplant.

Ralph Lauren Baltic Blue, India Inspired Paint Colors, Remodelista

Above: Ralph Lauren's Baltic Blue reminds us of the bright shades of blue saris. 

Valspar Swiftly Green, India Inspired Paint Colors, Remodelista

Above: Valspar Swiftly Green is the brightest of the earthy yellow hues we've chosen here. (Achieve a similar shade yourself by making fabric dye from turmeric: see DIY: Natural Turmeric-Dyed Tablecloth.)

Valspar Perfect Storm, India Inspired Paint Colors, Remodelista

Above: Valspar's Perfect Storm is a match for the dark teal we've admired on many an Indian embroidery. 

Valspar La Fonda Ortiz Gold, India Inspired Paint Colors, Remodelista

Above: Valspar's La Fonda Ortiz Gold may have a Spanish name, but it's a close approximation of the earthy gold hue of Farrow & Ball's India Yellow shown above. (La Fonda Ortiz is slightly redder.) 

Valspar Bear Claw, India Inspired Paint Colors, Remodelista

Above: The dark red earth of India is evoked in Valspar's Bear Claw

For more paint shades to try, see all our Palette & Paints posts, including Coastline-Inspired Blues; Jade and Celadon Greens; and, on Gardenista, the Best Black Exterior Paints



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