People say in my presence all the time that they wish that they could have the job of “naming the paint colors”. Sounds like fun right? Thinking about this, I want to take things one step further and create my own color collection, influenced by my love of the culture that is pop.
One of the most obvious inspirations to me was the board game turned cult film “Clue”. I enjoyed the board game (even if I found it a little confusing), but the movie I still find to be an absolute treat (and also a little confusing). The Shakespeare-reading anglophile in me adores a good farce, and I went to see the film when it first came out in the theaters, back when you could only see one ending of three at a time. That was a strange marketing ploy, but I digress.
And how easy would it be to create a paint collection for “Clue”?! The characters’ names are colors for crying out loud. Turns out it’s a little harder than you’d think. Sure some of the work is done for you, but finding a shade that homeowners or decorators would want to use, even in a hyper-dramatic circumstance, can be more of a challenge. I also decided to create colors for the rooms and the weapons to balance out some of the louder shades in the collection.
Some of the colors are inspired by the game, others by the film. Mr. Green, for example is a lighter shade than would be expected, and I based it on an exchange in the film.
Mrs. White: Are you a cop?
Mr. Green: No, I'm a plant.
Miss Scarlett: A plant? I thought men like you were usually called a fruit.
My Mr. Green is a honeydew melon.
Mrs. White has a slightly bluish undertone reminiscent of blue flame in reverence to Madeline Kahn’s fantastic delivery in one of the film’s most popular moments:
Wadsworth: You *were* jealous that your husband was schtupping Yvette. That's why you killed him, too!
Mrs. White: Yes. Yes, I did it. I killed Yvette. I hated her, so much...
Mrs. White: it-it- the f - it -flam - flames. Flames, on the side of my face, breathing-breathl- heaving breaths. Heaving breaths... Heathing...
Let’s pause for a moment while I giggle at my laptop.
The game influenced my decisions for the conservatory and the knife. The conservatory isn’t really seen in the film so I selected a pale lavender seen on the card for the room used in the game. In some versions of the game, the knife has an ivory handle.
Enough of me talking about it, here’s the Diana Kennedy Interiors interpretation of the Clue Home Color Collection.
This was a lot of fun for me, and I hope to create more pop culture palettes in the future (Reservoir Dogs maybe?). Please let me know if there’s something that you enjoy that I can make a color collection for. I’ll sign off now with one last quote.
Wadsworth: ...and to make a long story short...
All: Too late!