A couple weeks ago my daughter put on for the first time a beautiful dress that friends of ours had given her. I loved the pattern, and I loved the colors—blue and green. In fact, I decided to redesign my website using the dress as a color palette. Bright greens. Bright blues. Maybe a dash of yellow. All very spring-like. Fresh, youthful, fun.
But then something strange started to happen to me that made me question my decision. Everything I saw, it seemed, turned blue and green. A new cup appeared in the kitchen, a clear plastic cup with blue and green flowers on it. Our neighbors’ boy walked outside wearing a brand new blue and green shirt. A row of stores up the street from where I work got a set of new blue and green signs. Sara went to Target and came back with bath toys for the kids, rubber squirty shapes in blue and green and yellow.
Was it just me? Was I just seeing blue and green everywhere because I was thinking about it so much? Probably. But the other night when I looked over Sara’s shoulder and saw the housewares catalog she was leafing through, I recoiled in horror. On the page were plates and cups and forks and spoons, all in blue and green!
Later that same night, I showed Sara the new look for my website. I was still feeling a little shaken, and her reaction did nothing to dispel my fear. “Too trendy,” she said.
So much for the new look.