The Great Name Quest
Dusky Peach. Slate Lavender. Northern Mystic. Evening Green. Have you ever wondered how all the beautiful Jotun colours get their names?
Scandinavian Colour Manager, Nina Klæboe Mørkve, launches a whole host of new colour names every year, and her inspiration can come whenever and wherever.
“I can sense something in a word, a description or an expression – whether it be in a text I’m reading, music I’m listening to, or from something that catches my attention on the way past. It could be something I see in nature, or experience in my travels. There are a lot of different angles to be found in the words and inspirations behind the Jotun colour names.
Nina Klæboe Mørkve, Scandinavian Colour Manager
Many things to take into account
All new colours are given English names and the names used must work in every country and region. Sometimes the colour needs a descriptive name, such as the muted beige Soothing Beige and the slightly darker hue Modern Beige, for example – names that convey a hint of mood and nuance.
”Sometimes, people are attracted as much to the name of the colour as to the colour itself, simply because the name conveys a good feeling or good associations”, says Nina, and says it happens that customers choose a certain colour, simply because of the name.
Each colour has its own identity
Although Nina’s creative brain is buzzing around the clock, there are no coincidences when it comes to the choice of colour names.
“Each colour needs to have its own identity. Is it a neutral colour? Is it best suited on large surfaces, or as an accent or contrast colour? Is it going to be around for any length of time? Trendy colours may have a more conspicuous name than those that tend to be more neutral”, she says.
“Take the colour Peachy, for example, one of those on the colour chart for 2019. Even in the name there is a hint of its being a golden, muted fresh tone, and that it’s fun and playful. In English, the word peachy is used about having a good time or to describe something nice, as well as to describe fresh tones. A perfect name for our beautiful and playful, peach colour, in other words!”
The beautiful, playful colour Peachy
Inspiration from others
Occasionally, she also discusses one or other name or word with friends and acquaintances. Often, what comes back is pure gold. Like the time her husband came home from a hunt.
“He described how the colours in the forest changed with the failing light – about the blue that went over into a soft blue-green. That gave us the colour Evening Green”, says Nina.
Wall: Evening Green