Dead Salmon


Farrow & Ball, the British manufacturer of paint and wallpaper, offers a handsome line of interior house paints. Names such as Rectory Red, Down Pipe and Oxford Stone bring a certain English countryside feel to the collection. However, several of the paint name choices are suspect. Take Dead Salmon for example. In the brochure, F&B explain that the word “dead” is an old term for a paint’s flat finish. All well and good, but when paired with “salmon” one is left with visions of rotten fish littering the banks of rivers after spawning time or, perhaps, an overcooked salmon filet that has turned an unappetitizing shade of “eat at your own risk.” Granted, it’s a hard colour to define, with its subtle earthy feel and undertones of pink, but Dead Salmon is doing it no favours.

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