New Behr ad looks at “housebarrassment”

(Courtesy TBWA\Chiat\Day)

Have you ever been uncomfortable when someone pops by your house and the walls are in need of some tlc? Does that voice we all hate in our heads start chipping away? Yeah. We’ve all been there. And Behr expertly taps into that insecurity in a humorous improv-based ad called, “Should’ve Used Behr” from TBWA\Chiat\Day and it’s our Reel Ad of the Week.

The ad is part of the brand’s campaign that takes real, relatable anxieties around home decor and exaggerates them with humor. The insight being reflected here is one that is seen across social media: “housebarassment” – our homes are a reflection of ourselves and when they’re not right, it can be hard to know what to do about it, and just downright embarrassing. 

“We’re always looking for humorous, relatable ways to inspire people to paint, spray and stain. Our new advertising campaign reminds people that they don’t need to settle any more – it’s easy to transform your home with the most trusted paint brand in the industry,” Jodi Allen, Behr Global Chief Marketing Officer

In the ad, a woman’s insecurity about the poor state of her walls begins to infiltrate her every thought, until she’s mishearing harmless comments from people in her life as criticisms. 

“Your paint is really bad” 


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“When the spaces we live in aren’t realized to their full potential, we know it – we feel it, deep down – even if we might try to convince ourselves otherwise. We had a lot of fun mining the comedic potential in that state of denial,”   notes Jeff O’Keefe – TBWA\Chiat\Day LA Creative Director.

“Going out of your way not to paint can be a lot harder than painting. A lot more funny too.,” adds Dylan Cimo – TBWA\Chiat\Day LA Senior Copywriter.

Behr leaned into the creativity of on-screen improv talent, who took scripted scenarios and elevated them with in-the-moment lines alongside their screen partners.

A second ad called “Domino Effect” is set to launch on April 17. 



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