Monday, April 10, 2017

How Exterior Color Travels Between Continents

Leaving Merida, Yucatan, below, a few days ago.
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Really?
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Yellow walls & a cantaloupe ceiling.
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Alas, there are a few things to know about exterior colors from one continent to another.
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Color, and how the eyes take it in, is affected by where the color is on the globe.  More, local soil,  vegetation, & humidity heavily affect how exterior colors 'look'.  Yucatan is a lot of limestone, and humidity with dusty white particulates floating in air, tons landing on plants.
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Here's what I know for sure about the cantaloupe ceiling, below.  Getting this exact cantaloupe paint color for my ca. 1900 farmhouse will not produce what I see, below.  Light is refracted differently at my longitude/latitude and Georgia red clay particulates float in air, refract from the ground, and land on plantings.  More, Georgia flora grows much taller than in Merida, another factor affecting how colors look.
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Then there are the clouds.  How clouds filter color must be considered too.
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So. This exact cantaloupe ceiling, below, is as much a trip memory as the lunch we had on the drive to Merida.  Unique.  Can't get this at home.

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Garden & Be Well,   XOT

5 comments:

Kay dancingbrushpainting.blogspot.com said...

Location is something so many people are unaware of when it comes to color. Great post and explanation!

Brenda Coffee said...


Love this post because it gives me a new way to think about painting my courtyard. Would you be interested in teaming up with me/1010ParkPlace to design my courtyard? We could do a "before," a step by step and an "after" with photos and how we got there. It's tiny, tiny... a U-shaped house built around an interior courtyard. Think it would be good content/exposure for both of us. Women have been very interested in how I'm redoing my house. I moved here in September and so far, have only shown the "before" with a quick video tour of the house.

Thanks,
Brenda Coffee
1010ParkPlace

carenserv said...

thank you for this! This may explain how my desired apricot exterior paint, even with many many tests on the actual house, has kinda in real life turned out to be closer to circus peanut orange. It just needs a titch more yellow. You will see it when I eventually call for consult! Happy Easter to you!

David Cristiani said...

Your comment on the relationships of a place's light, soil type, humidity is very true. Now all the subtleties in desert places is making even more sense.

Sounds like a great trip!

Chelle Knijnenburg said...

Wow, Just discovered your site and am scrolling through to learn, be inspired and see if our views connect. To my surprise, I think we were in the same historic building in Merida last week. We met the 85-ish granddaughter of the owner of the house, too. The Mayan ruins museum is wonderful, too. The ice cream shop down the street has the best coconut dessert.

My friends live there. We have done most of the ruins and stayed in Progresso. Lovely area. I wish you all the best. If you know anyone that wants to buy a lovely, airy and modern-ish ocean front house in Progresso, contact me.
Chellelivingwell@gmail.com