Late last year, when designing new offerings for the 2012 COCOCOZY textiles collection, I wanted to go with some soothing colorways for my fabric patterns. I was browsing the web a few days ago and came across this picture of this lovely soothing city living room and it reminded me of the colors I chose for this year’s pillow collection.
So, during my so called design process (which is more of a race to finish everything in time for market), I decided on a pale green blue for one of my main colors. I called it Sea Foam because it reminded me of that froth that sits on top of the water after a wave crashes onto shore. I was so sure of my color name choice. So sure, I pronounced, “I now name you SEA FOAM!” and then the audience roared. I went forward with this name with a strong conviction. I put it in the new 2012 COCOCOZY catalog and called it Sea Foam, I went to market in January/February with it and described it as Sea Foam…and so on and so on.
After, I made this definitive decision on naming the color Sea Foam, of course being the person I am…I am now waffling. I realized my new pale silvery green might be considered to the trained eye a totally different color…maybe Mint. I started seeing all of these stories in online magazines this month about mint and celadon and pale green…hmmmm…oy va voy.
Only after the fact, like now, did I go online and look at what people were calling Sea Foam…and for some reason I don’t think the online Sea Foam matches the COCOCOZY vision of Sea Foam.
So is my Sea Foam not Sea Foam…if not, what would you call it?
My Sea Foam (or Mint) Collection
It is too late for me to change the color name…but am curious as to how off I am with the nomenclature here! So please do weigh in! Do you see Sea Foam, Mint or something else when you look at my new colorway? Where might you include a color like this in your home?
Isn’t it funny how sea foam, once seen everywhere from pillows to nail polish, has seemingly been forgotten about? I still think that the color is beautiful and definitely has its place in a modern 2023 home. With earth tones being all the rage now, sea foam is perfect for adding a light wash of complementary color. These soft shades of blue-green can complement almost any color, making them perfect for accent pieces. I especially like a sea foam and ecru/linen color combo to create a nice beachy feel in the home. Probably their best feature, these colors are actually soothing to be around, like the ocean. Maybe try putting out some mint throw pillows or laying down a plush sea foam rug.
Although it might not be a great topic of conversation like it was ten years ago, I have noticed sea foam and mint creeping their way back into the world of design. But then, did it ever really leave? Pistachio (both the color and the nut) have been very popular lately and I think it would look stunning as a wall color. Check out some of these sea foam and mint paint colors from Benjamin Moore (click on the links to earn 6% cash-back with Chirpyest):