A while ago a found these old nine-patch blocks I made from my mom’s fabric scraps sometime around 1987. I kept them for the sentimental value – some of my first quilt blocks (they’re pretty sloppy – but that’s so charming right? Pre-“wonky”-cool. 🙂 I also kept them because they’re such a relic of the dusty color pallette that was so popular in the late 80’s.
But I’m starting to wonder if those dusty colors will make a comeback sooner than I thought. (Not that I’nm looking for them – for me dusty colors evoke memories of that dorky pre-teen era of my life). But check out these images I found via Pinterest where the dusty, muted colors are evident. Succulents (those kind of rubbery plants) are so hot right now, for example.
Here are a few other images from Design Seeds – a really cool site that plays with color.
I won’t even pretend to be a Design/Style/Trend-setter guru, but I am fascinated by color trends (and sometimes a little bugged – it sometimes feels like a conspiracy by the design world to make us always want new stuff.) 20 years ago who would have thought that we’d all want things that were avacado green, orange, and goldenrod yellow again? I remember laughing at the orange my grandma had picked to recover her chairs in the 1970’s. Now those same orange chairs are my favorite furnishings in my house! And look at how popular the gray and pink combo is right now. I remember the outfit I carefully picked out for the first day of 4th grade was a gray and pink argyle vest with gray corduroy bermuda shorts. I thought I was hot stuff.
So what is the point of this post? I guess for me it is to keep creating stuff out of the colors that speak to me at the moment (bright primary colors are what I seem most drawn to right now) because I could be surprised when those tastes change again. Which also means I need to use up the fabric I have quick before I want some thing new. 😉