Icon - Arrow LeftAn icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. Icon - Arrow RightAn icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. Icon - External LinkAn icon we use to indicate a button link is external. Icon - MessageThe icon we use to represent an email action. Icon - Down ChevronUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - CloseUsed to indicate a close action. Icon - Dropdown ArrowUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - Location PinUsed to showcase a location on a map. Icon - Zoom OutUsed to indicate a zoom out action on a map. Icon - Zoom InUsed to indicate a zoom in action on a map. Icon - SearchUsed to indicate a search action. Icon - EmailUsed to indicate an emai action. Icon - FacebookFacebooks brand mark for use in social sharing icons. flipboard Icon - InstagramInstagrams brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - PinterestPinterests brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - TwitterTwitters brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - Check MarkA check mark for checkbox buttons.
You are reading

Palette & Paints: India-Inspired Paint Colors

Search

Palette & Paints: India-Inspired Paint Colors

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

Palette  Paints IndiaInspired Paint Colors portrait 3

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

Palette  Paints IndiaInspired Paint Colors portrait 4

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.)

Palette  Paints IndiaInspired Paint Colors portrait 5

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.

Palette  Paints IndiaInspired Paint Colors portrait 6

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

Palette  Paints IndiaInspired Paint Colors portrait 7

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

Palette  Paints IndiaInspired Paint Colors portrait 8

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.)

Palette  Paints IndiaInspired Paint Colors portrait 9

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

Palette  Paints IndiaInspired Paint Colors portrait 10

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.) 

Palette  Paints IndiaInspired Paint Colors portrait 11

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

Product summary  Item 7 151Item 8 152

Have a Question or Comment About This Post?

Join the conversation

v5.0