When we first met, about 11 years ago, my husband and I worked as house painters. This was mostly in the San Francisco Bay area, right around the time when it was becoming stylish to do every room of one's house in a different color. That was fun - doing a whole wall of a client's home in tangerine orange or scarlet red, standing back and noticing how the surrounding color changed my mood and even the way my body felt.
I miss painting sometimes, especially cutting in around the edges of a wall. It's meditative. And trim - - I love painting trim. Carefully pushing the thick glossy paint from one end to the other, going slow enough to make it nice and smooth, fast enough to get it on wet.
We always used Benjamin Moore paint. It's more expensive than some other brands, but it's so worth it. It covers better than other brands, so you use fewer coats. And they have more than 3000 colors.
Obsessive person that I am, of course I've matched the individual seasonal colors to Benjamin Moore paint colors. What a project that was. Over 700 colors, working to get each match as perfect as possible... It took more than a year. It was great fun, though. Like painting, meditative. Staring at color just does something to one's heart.
Have you thought about painting your home in your seasonal colors? Or your spouse's colors, or your kids' colors? For a dollar a color, you can order a list of Benjamin Moore shades I've precisely matched to your seasonal palette. I'll include a large sheet of each color for free. They're the XXL version of the small chips which you get from any BM supplier.
Check the link frequently; I intend to update it in the days to come.
Mr. S. wants to know what season he is. Can you help?
So, I ask two questions right away:
1 - What seasons do or don't include this color?
2 - Does this color work for him?
The first question is almost impossile to answer precisely from pics, but rather easy to answer roughly.
The second question is pretty easy to answer from any kind of pic if the answer is no. Your best colors look good on you all the time, KWIM? If a color doesn't look right on you in a pic, it 's (very probably) not your color.
So back to Mr. S. In response to the first question, I'm
thinking there are a few possibilities.
This could be one of the Winter icy pinks. That's what my money's on. It's very light. Because it's a photo it's hard to know which Winter for sure.
Or it could be one of the Summers' light pinks.
Possibly a Soft Autumn, Bright Spring or Light Spring pink as an outside possibility, if the picture's color is very inaccurate.
True Spring, True Autumn and Dark Autumn don't have any pinks that come close to this.
Now, does this pink work for him?
To my eye, this pink looks cooler than he is. When I say that, I mean that his skin seems to have more orangey-yellowy colors in it than the shirt does. Or I could also say that the pink seems to have a more blueish-violety tone than Mr. S. does. You can see the purple in the shirt, can't you?
On a light-skinned person of the right season, I'd expect a pink this light to pick up touches of healthy pale pink in the skin.
But I don't see the lightest, brightest parts of Mr. S.'s skin harmonizing with this pink. Imagine this pink on his cheeks. It doesn't fit, does it? Those cheeks are calling for a somewhat more coral-y (which is to say warmer) pink.
(I know men don't [usually] wear blush. But on a very pale-skinned man, the right pink will pick up the natural, healthy blush of the face.)
This pink also seems more bright than Mr. S. is. This perception is hard for me to explain. It's as if the shirt was created by adding a few drops of some reddish violet to pure white paint, while Mr. S.'s skin seems to have been painted from a more blended, neutral palette. I know that sounds really vague. How about this: doesn't the shirt seem to be jumping out at you, relative to the face?
I think Mr. S. is warmish and not terribly saturated. The hair and eyes suggest that he could possibly balance darker colors, so maybe True Autumn or Soft Autumn? OTOH, that skin is awfully light and has a certain luminous quality that could implicate Light Spring.
What do you see? He really wants your feedback.