A couple of weeks ago, before I repainted my living room and I posted all of my paint options on my Facebook page, I had a professional interior decorator insist that I paint my room green instead of blue because “blue has so been done.”
When I responded that I wasn’t really concerned about trends, and that I just wanted to use a color that I loved, she actually got angry with me, posting a couple more comments about how blue is an outdated color, and insisting that “blue is soooo 90’s.”
I could write an entire blog post about about the current popularity of blue, but I won’t. (Pottery Barn’s website is filled to the brim with blues, and Sherwin Williams 2014 Spring/Summer collection for West Elm includes three different hues of blue…and that’s just for starters. But that’s not why I decorate with blues. I use them because I love them.)
But that really got me thinking about color in general, and I asked myself, “Do individual colors really ever go out of style?”
I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t really think individual colors go out of style. And especially these days, I think we’ve moved into a collective decorating mindset where really, anything goes, and anything can work. It’s just a matter of how you use it, guided by your own personal taste.
Now of course, that doesn’t mean that all of us will like all the colors. We all have colors that we’re drawn to, and other colors that we don’t really like at all. But those are more of an individual, personal taste kind of thing, and not really an “in style/out of style” thing.
I think rather than individual colors being “in style” or “out of style”, instead we associate certain color palletes with certain decades.
Who remembers the country blue and mauve craze of the 80s? Peach and seafoam green of the 80s? The jewel tones (burgundy, hunter green, and navy blue) of the 90s?
And while I might associate those color palletes with decades past, I wouldn’t necessarily consider any of those individual colors as being “out of style.” Again, that doesn’t necessarily mean that I like all of them, but in the hands of a skilled decorator, I think any of those colors can look just as current and stylish today as they ever have.
Look at this beautiful bedroom with pale peach walls (Benjamin Moore Old Fashioned Peach) and a darker peach upholstered bed.
Peach isn’t necessarily a color that I personally like (although the coral throw on the bed is right up my alley), but it certainly doesn’t look outdated in that bedroom. It looks fresh and modern combined with the teal draperies and neutral colors of the other furnishings.
Country blue is another color that isn’t necessarily one that I’d decorate with in my own home, but certainly not because I consider it outdated. I don’t think it looks dated at all in this beautiful office.
And what about mauve? That’s another color that isn’t a personal favorite of mine, but in the hands of a talented decorator, it can look just as fresh and current today as it ever has in decades past.
So what do you think? Do you agree with me that individual colors don’t go in and out of style, but rather it’s certain color palettes that we associate with certain decades? And that any color can be used in a current and fresh way, and it’s just a matter of individual taste?
Or do you think there are certain individual colors that are sooooo oudated that they can never look good in a home today, no matter how they’re used?