The appetite-suppressing, calming pink paint
I went to dinner with friends and they had just gone to the “Human Condition” exhibition at a former hospital in LA.
They were telling me there’s a pink room at the exhibit that had an explanation of the color choice: Baker-Miller Pink is the only color scientifically proven to calm you AND suppress your appetite. I was like, “I NEED this color in my house!” I then found someone to paint the room and now I’m loving it!
It turns out Baker-Miller pink is almost identical to Pepto-Bismol pink, and like Pepto-Bismol, it neutralizes situations.
According to the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine:
The effect of exposure to Baker-Miller pink is purported to reduce aggressive and violent behaviour… reduce strength… and lower blood pressure and pulse rate… These reported effects were achieved by exposing individuals to a variety of visual stimuli that were painted Baker-Miller pink… The length of exposure to the colour is reported to be relevant with optimal effects being achieved within fifteen minutes of initial exposure.
So essentially if you’re feeling stressed or hungry, fifteen minutes of Baker-Miller visuals are proven to give you a sense of relief. And while the calmness side effect seems pretty universally pleasant, the appetite suppressant part strikes me as a little… bleak in the dining room of a fashion model. But hey, to each her own formal living space.
Other buildings that have experimented with Baker-Miller pink include: jails, psychiatric hospitals, and an art center. While that sweet spot of fifteen minutes proved to reduce violent and aggressive behavior, some jails apparently reported that inmates would start to “scratch the paint from the walls with their fingernails” if they were left for much longer. So eat quick, Kendall. Shuffle your guests out to the living room.
The good news is the paint seems super easy to make in the event of any chipping. I’m not a contractor, but look at this recipe:
Baker-Miller pink… is produced by mixing one pint of outdoor semi-gloss red trim paint and one gallon of pure white indoor latex paint.
And beyond paint, there are other Baker-Miller fantasies to explore. Take this zip-up sweatshirt, which acts as an “isolation tank” for the wearer.
It boasts a zippered hood to close the world out if need be, a soundtrack of something they call “pink noise” which contains “every frequency the human ear can hear,” and “two large asymmetrical pockets [that] act exactly like slings for when you’re trying to save energy, or are simply too exhausted to move.” It’s like a thunder vest for dogs.
So if you want to have a Baker-Miller weekend, just head to the hardware store and tell the guy you need RGB code: R: 255, G: 145, B: 175. They’ll hook you up.