Raingarden, Primordial Soup, Aerialist Wish -- these names sound like figments of the fevered imagination of a science fiction novelist.
But they are the names of automotive paint colors developed by BASF, the automotive paint and chemicals company, as part of BASF's North American collection of colors for the 2020 model year.
They're the top three predictions in the company's 2016-17 color study, which predicts what colors will be popular in three to five years.
The theme of this year's collection of 65 colors is "Parallax," which embodies the concept that objects can appear different depending upon the viewer's vantage point. Colors that look different from different angles have been growing in popularity in recent years.
In a release about the study, BASF says: "The two competing vantage points that shape our modern world are: the fascination of the virtual world and the longing for honest, self-expression."
Says Paul Czornij, head of design for BASF's Color Excellence Group: "My inspiration behind this year's colors was the continuous change in society and the importance of finding new perspectives and looking at things differently."
BASF describes Raingarden as "a metallic silver with green and blue elements," Primordial Soup as a "deep blood red" and Aerialist Wish is a black color with a silky, silvery look throughout."