I’ve changed. I know I have. Hit the big 50 last year! Mom is in her upper 70’s but I still have medium sized kids at home. It all feels very different than 45. Reading glasses are a must and that soft grey sweater matches my hair too well.
A lot of things around me look different too. So much so that as I was cleaning out the winter weight clothing from my closet I noticed how little of it I want to save for repeating next year. It all still fits, but I just don’t feel the same about the colours as I once did.
Purple has become my nemesis. I’ve never worn much of it since my high school uniform days, nor have I ever decorated my home with it or owned anything from the purple colour group. Yet somehow I am finding myself drawn to it as it pops up in clothing and decor accessories (as would naturally happen given last years’ ). But to bring it home and live with it? No way! Purple is mysterious, regal and intense. Interpreting the typical colour psychology here would suggest that I am desiring those things, but resisting because of the bad association with teen angst and horrid school days.
Purple also has a vintage look and feel, so perhaps I’ve already lived this trend too many times. It is all a matter of perspective, both demographic and geographic. And as you can see from my perspective, colour is very personal.
Here in the northern hemisphere I’m finding it difficult to embrace spring and its celebratory colours, given that the world outside my window has not yet burst into growth. Some patience perhaps, and as a nod to the trends I’ll make my way to the local garden centre where things are awash with the seasonal colours.
Do you also struggle with your reactions to colour?
When spring finally does arrive with its promise of renewal and optimism, what will your colours show the world?