Taking advantage of the nice weather yesterday I decided to get some exercise while the sun was still shining. As I passed by this home now vacant and under major renovation the words of Forrest Gump played in my head, “You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes”.
Well there were no shoes lying about or construction boots either but the tell-tale signs were still present – the blue shutters. The house had been sold and the previous owners are gone but the shutters still tell the story of who used to live there. The shutters shade of blue was a paint colour very popular in the 1960’s and unless the previous owners were a young couple with a penchant for retro colours (which I highly doubt) this was the home where Grandma and Grandpa had lived for decades. Colours have history. In 1961 the Dulux® paint colour guide included Summer Blue, the same shade as these blue shutters. Dulux no longer includes Summer Blue in their colour palette. It’s dated. (Just like clothing with huge shoulder pads that scream 1980!)
Blue is still a popular colour but it is the shade and hue that has changed to make it more current and up-to-date. In the midst of all this renovation one can still tell that this home had been greatly loved and meticulously taken care of and I am sure the new owners will do the same but the blue shutters will be gone and replaced with colour that is more 2012-like.