A Spectrum of Possibilities

Gardenia or metallic silver, Chambord or Frappe? According to a recent article in the Chronicle, the colors you choose for your home often depend on where you live.

If you’re in San Francisco, you are more likely to favor “earthy neutrals” apparently – but nothing too murky because you clearly want to counteract the effect on your spirits of a foggy climate.

The further south you are from the city, the more likely you will choose strong, saturated colors.

And for your second home in the wine country (we all have those, no?) you will, of course, be leaning towards olive moss and deep Tuscan reds.

There’s no science behind these observations. And I certainly don’t pretend to know the rationale for home colors in Berkeley. The mix here is eclectic to say the least, much like the population. In the space of a few blocks I spotted the following houses:

Orange%20house%20Claremont.jpg Blueberry%20house%20Claremont.jpg Blue%20house%20Claremont.jpg

Personally I would run a mile rather than buy a house painted in Tangy Tangerine, Blueberry Yogurt or Clear Sky Blue as I am choosing to name the above hues.

But, as they say, “If you don’t get it, don’t knock it.”