Today you get an excerpt (courtesy of my co-worker) from the script of a '40's movie entitled "Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House". Muriel, played by Myrna Loy is married to Jim played by Cary Grant. In this scene Muriel is communicating to the painter exactly what she wants.
We, as designers, get to deal with similar situations on pretty much the daily basis, but I WISH we could have the same answer as the assistant dude.
Take it away:
Now I want the living room to be a
Not quite as bluish as a robin's
egg, but yet not as yellow as daffodil
(handing him a sample)
The best sample I could get is a
little too yellow, but don't let
whoever mixes it go to the other
extreme and get it too blue. It should
just be sort of a grayish yellow
(making a note)
They turn to the dining room.
Now the dining room I'd like yellow.
Not just yellow, a very gay yellow.
Something bright and sunshiny.
I tell you, Mr. PeDelford, if you'll
just send one of your workmen to the
A&P for a pound of their best butter
and match it exactly, you can't go
(making a note)
This is the paper we're going to use
here in the foyer.
(hands sample to him)
It's flowered but I don't want the
ceiling to match any of the colors
of the flowers. There are some little
dots in the background, and it's
these dots I want you to match. Not
the little greenish dots near the
hollyhock leaf, but the little bluish
dot between the rosebud and the
delphinium blossom. Is that clear?
PeDelford looks carefully at the sample, then:
The kitchen's to be white. Not a
cold, antiseptic hospital white -- a
little warmer but not to suggest any
other color but white.
Now for the powder room, I want you
to match this thread.
(hands him thread)
You can see it's practically an apple
red. Somewhere between a healthy
Winesap and an unripened Jonathan.
There is a crash from the kitchen.
Will you excuse me?
Muriel hastily exits toward the kitchen. PeDelford turns to his assistant.
Got it, Charlie?
rooms with his thumb)
Green, yellow, blue, white, red.