Saturday, June 16, 2007

Mmm, Colours

I may wear drab colours all the time ('they're earth tones, and she looks very nice,' said Mr BC gallantly, but my Granny didn't hear him), but that doesn't mean I don't like really bright colours.

If I had a car, for example, I would like a sky-blue Capri with pillar-box red leather seats.

Sky blue and pillar-box red is a very pleasing colour combination, and one that's employed to marvellous effect by the owner of this house:


That house is in a street near my flat, in a row of houses that are all painted different colours, creating an effect that at times is quite stunningly beautiful. I might take pictures of them all, over a period of time, and see if Elle Decoration wants to cover-mount them as a set of Top Trumps.

Here's another one so you can see the sort of thing, although these people were clearly a bit more conservative in choosing their door/wall paint colour combo:


Anyway, enough of that, the sun is shining, I'm wearing a drab-coloured dress, taupe-coloured trainers and a drab-coloured jacket, and I've got a train to catch to Truro...

21 comments:

ScroobiousScrivener said...

I love colourful houses. (Also skyblue and red. Or teal and red. Both excellent.) The Bokaap area of Cape Town - the old "Muslim quarter" - is chocca with tiny little terraced houses painted any colour you can imagine; it's utterly fabulous. Do a Google image search, you'll see.

Fat Roland said...

Wow, Scroobious, you're not wrong. It's like a British seaside town with the colour knob turned all the way to the right.

Tim Footman said...

I once knew an art student who'd decided that colour was bourgeois.

violetforthemoment said...

The combination of sky blue and bright red gives me a bit of a shudder: it always looks slightly... anatomical to me, like they're the colours your intestines are when they're still inside or something... OK, maybe that's another one of those personal viewpoints I should Think But Not Relate To Others.

Sylvia said...

P, you should dress how you feel most comfortable. Stick to what you like!
But then again, why not just try something bright the next time you're in the shops. You could be pleasantly surprised....

rivergirlie said...

i wear very drab clothes, generally, but loud shoes. people point and laugh. i blame noddy.
have fun in cornwall. hope the weather is a bit better than here in warwickshire - where the river (of which i am girlie) is threatening to engulf us all - and that there won't be any 'warnings of gales', except on every bookshelf

Dave said...

I'm off to Cornwall in about ten minutes. No doubt we shall bump into each other.

Urban Chick said...

sometimes i make myself buy something in burnt orange as i did one day last week

of course, i shall wear these garishly-coloured trousers with a black top and shoes because I CANNOT LET GO OF BLACK

um, my kitchen units are cherry red as is my sofa, so clearly i'm not a total chromophobe

Urban Chick said...

oh, and when i was going through one of my (short-lived) we must battle britain's chromophobia problem phases, a friend piped up with ' well, i think we wear dark colours because we live in cold climes and dark colours absorb the sun's rays better and keep us warm'

i liked that line of argument, so i'm sticking with it

cello said...

I have already spotted your obsession with scarlet, P:the Klippan sofa, the bedding, the pelargoniums.

So, I am going to stick my neck out, do a bit of cod Freudian psychoanalysis and guess that your expensive French undergarments are frequently scarlet, and maybe other gorgeous jewel colours.

It would be the chromatic equivalent of your shy, understated persona on the outside in the physical world and the boisterous, vibrant and even saucy Patroclus we see here, in the intimate surroundings of your blog.

patroclus said...

Very perceptive as ever, cello: I don't actually have any scarlet pants, but I do have them in other fetching jewel colours - currently emerald and Tyrian purple. And the bedroom is done up in shades of crimson, rose, turquoise, green and orange, which is a brilliant combination. So it's just the outer clothing that's drab (or 'autumnal', as I like to think of it).

Scroobious: Bokaap looks amazing, and I really liked Fat Roland's simile too.

Violet: Hm, the pillar-box red I can imagine, what with it being the colour of oxygenated blood and everything, but I've never before considered that intestines might be the colour of the sky. I imagined more a sort of dull grey, but I might be thinking of tripe.

UC: I seem to remember some unscientific analysis once revealing that 80% of all bloggers have red sofas. It must mean something, but I can't think what. Cello will know, though.

Tim: Oh, it is. Gloriously bourgeois.

Sylvia: I'll probably carry on restricting bold use of colour to the fancy French undergarments, if that's OK with everyone.

In other news:

Cornwall weather update: Really raining quite a lot, but possibly not as much as in Warwickshire.

Cricketing Dave sightings update: None as yet.

Mr BC hair update: Now very short and spiky (gasp!)

Dr Who update: The Master! Squeee!

Mangonel said...

I wasn't going to leave a comment as its really quite late and I need to go to bed, but the WV is OREOH - so nearly a biscuit, and I couldn't bear to see it go to waste.

Any colour guru will tell you that you decorate your favourite room in colours that you should probably be wearing. Take your sofa with you next time you go shopping, and try and match it.

First Nations said...

i've always thought a red front doorway looked very sharp and we've planned for a long time to take ours down and go over it with red automotive enamel.
you stick with what makes you feel comfy. you have my permission. so there.

patroclus said...

Crumbs Mangonel, I don't think I could ever walk around in shades of crimson, turquoise and orange. I would be like a tiny blur of cat sick.

FN: Ooh yes, the more bright red front doors, the better. I must also admit a weakness for front doors painted British racing green, which is probably about as bourgeois as you can get.

chuffy! said...

Oddly enough, I am finally joining the world of blogspot with something that uses as it's starting-point pictures of front doors. How promising does that sound!

I'm doing it strictly for my own entertainment, but when I've got a few posts under my belt then I'll keep you, er, posted.

patroclus said...

chuffy!: Crikey, you took your time. I'm delighted to hear it, though, and also tickled to see that you're relinquishing your iron grip on English grammar (or is it punctuation?) in anticipation. Anyway, I look forward to it very much. I like picture of front doors.

chuffy! said...

Nice spot. Very careless, but its ineveitable that this would happen 2 me.

cello said...

I've got a red sofa but I'm not a blogger. It's obviously a sign that I should be.

patroclus said...

Sorry chuffy!, that was very rude of me, plus I notice I totally shot myself in the foot by saying 'I like picture of front doors.' Doh.

cello: Either you or the real you should *definitely* have a blog - I for one would very much enjoy reading it.

Marsha Klein said...

Autumnal colours (or Mr BC's earth tones) are beautiful too and, after all, they are what makes it possible to appreciate bright colour. They also really suit you.

Oh, and yes, cello should definitely have a blog.

Sylvia said...

Perhaps she already has.......