I caught this NPR story on Pantone and the color trends this morning: The Business of Color (give it a listen…very interesting!)
It touched on a couple of things that interest and irritate me:
(1) Is having 1,925 colors a lot? Maybe I’m crazy, but that doesn’t seem like very many to me. Of course, I’m a nutter and can look at hundreds of green paint chips and declare them all wrong for my office. It’s not a question of not being able to pick: I’m very decisive and I’m looking for something specific that I would be happy to find, but it is not at Sherwin-Williams, Ace, Lowe’s or Home Depot I still haven’t painted; I’m thinking of going gray, except that seems kind of trendy…which brings me to my next point.
(2) I wish colors weren’t so trend-driven. Because of “trends,” I either I can’t find the color I want (I’m thinking here about clothing and quilting fabrics) or a color I like is everywhere and on everything—making it feel less “mine”—and thus, like what I wear and make is not a form of self-expression, but like some sort of joining/uniform-wearing/exercise in conspicuous consumption.
Sometimes I just avoid color issues entirely…
So, what do you think? Do you like color trends? Does 1,925 Pantone colors seem like a lot or not?
By the way, I’m not actually feeling blue, the title of this post comes from this Magnetic Fields song: