Colour is in the eye of the beholder

You know those conversations you have where neither side can win – and even though its utterly meaningless, you both get crosser and crosser? Well, me and my lady keep having one or two variants on this.

The first argument is the ‘Is it blue or green?’ question. This usually comes out when looking at a bluey-green colour such as turquoise or teal. I’ll say it’s blue, she’ll say its green and before you know it we’re shouting. Of course, as it’s somewhere between, it really doesn’t matter. As long as we like it, who cares what label we plonk on it?

Well, we’ve been together a while and we’ve learned to agree to disagree on that one. But the same argument raised it’s ugly head when we were talking about a colour to paint the kitchen walls. We were both thinking of a really rich, jewel like, delphinium or lapis lazuli blue.  And then when we saw examples, we found that she would quite often call them purple whereas I’d be scratching my head to see the red hint in them… Like these gorgeous tiles at North Greenwich station for example.

This is a lovely photo - if you search for the tiles though, you'll see them looking both more blue and more purple - colour is in the eye of the beholder?

This is a lovely photo – if you search for the tiles though, you’ll see them looking both more blue and more purple – colour is in the eye of the beholder?

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A different shot of tiles, looking gorgeously blue here

But when I thought about irises, I could see how these blues could swirl into purples in people’s eyes…and what matters is that we both love the colour!

Heart of a (purple?) iris

Heart of a (purple?) iris

A much more blue - I think - iris

A much more blue – I think – iris

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See – all stormy and grey and nothing rich and glowing… we’re really struggling here!

Of course, now we’re really struggling to find paints in that colour…anyone know any to suggest?

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