The Hues of Decay

For a paint consultant to love peeling, flaky, rusty decayed surfaces is a bit of an anomaly but I do confess I am totally drawn to such weathered features. I have tried to figure out why this should be so, surely I should be seeking out squeaky clean well maintained pristine examples of paint but no, it’s definitely the ones “in need of attention” that catch my eye.

Of course the reason I and so many others are attracted to these surfaces is because they have created their own unique colour palettes – salt, oxygen, water, pollutants, resins all acting together in an open air chemistry lab to produce a vast selection of colours that we paint consultants can match and use in projects – but generally replicate on smooth and perfect surfaces……

It’s high time I thanked my subscribers for reading and commenting on my blog – you’ve no idea how much I appreciate it. I would also like to point out that I got quite a shock yesterday when I saw my blog on a pc. I work on a mac so the colours I am looking at are much lighter and brighter than the colours on a pc. This is rather an issue as most of the time as you know, I write about colour. It would be interesting to know how many of you are pc users. If it’s a lot, I will try to lighten up my images, just let me know. I also hope you don’t find my way of spelling colour too irritating –  I know most of my readers are American and Canadian, again just let me know!

One City, Three Colour Trends

I found myself in Paris this week absorbing three very distinct colour trends. The “beautiful people” (of which there were many) were wearing one of two colours – tangerine or Yves Klein blue. No pattern, just unpolluted blocks of colour neatly sitting next to their rather tanned and toned limbs. Colours which can translate to your interior as feature walls.

The next was a fusion of  kitsch and Indian inspired colour combinations mirroring the creations in the newly opened Paris-Delhi-Bombay exhibition in the Centre Pompidou (more from that exhibition in my next post). Basically a lot of very hot pink colliding with saffron yellows, ruby reds and chlorophyll greens projected even further by shimmering surfaces and mirrored mosaics. These colours move into interiors by way of accessories.

But the other set of colours that really stood out was something I think we will see a lot more of. The sorbets. Squeaky clean hues, not like the pastels of the 1980’s, much fresher, more acidic but still really pale. Pale with attitude. Pale with a punch. The exciting thing about this set of colours is that as long as they are of similar “weight” you can pile lots of them together. An entire house can be decorated in pale sorbets without becoming “cluttered” or fragmented. They flow well and don’t fight for attention. It will be interesting to see how magazines market these sorbets as they are difficult to photograph but ever so easy to use.