- The British and Colour
If I had one, profoundly important, observation to make as a Canadian expat of 16 years, it’s that the British seem to have a singular dislike of anything colourful.
In a land that is primarily grey in summer, and dripping wet grey/venturing toward black in winter:
1. Christmas lights tend to be fog white or, if people feel really festive, emergency-services blue
2. Houses tend to be rust-coloured brick, or grey pebble-dash (if ever proof of the existence of the devil were needed, pebble dash must be it)
but above all…
3. Cars seem to be white, black, silver, or red (which, no matter what the salespeople say, still fades to shit after a few years)
Honestly, what’s with that? Colour can engender significant levels of positive feeling in people, yet a vast majority of people I encounter here prefer the most subdued – even dour – shades. Hell, when I was playing ice hockey here, players even chose to wear all-black practice kit!
People of Britain: For the love of all that’s good, and for the sake of a smile, lighten up!Posted 3 months agoscotroutesMember
The fashion for white Xmas lights is fairly recent. Most places I see still have lots of colours.
The housing estate I live on is nicknamed “Balamory” by the locals on account of the houses being various colours.
Silver is the best colour for a car if you don’t like washing it.Posted 3 months agonicko74Member
If I had one, profoundly important, observation to make as a Canadian expat of 16 years,
Wooooh, I’ve just about survived what Canadians laughingly call “spring” here. Dear God, a more miserable season has yet to be invented, and I haven’t seen the sun for 3 weeks. I thought London autumn was bad but I’m considering moving to Togo just to remember what sunshine looks and feels like…Posted 3 months agoCougarSubscriber
I’m with you on this for cars, certainly, I’ve been saying it for years. Last time I chose a company car there were maybe a dozen colour choices of which probably two-thirds were variations on silver (and metallic grey is **** silver and fooling no-one, get in the sea).
I think there’s a perception – correctly or not I don’t know – that “safe” colours have a higher resale value. So rather than buying a colour you like, you buy one that the fewest people will potentially dislike. It’s the same with the interior design of every house built in the last 20 years – plain magnolia in every room, sir?Posted 3 months agoP-JayMember
SaxonRider, grey in Summer? Come on it’s wall to wall green here dude!
I do wish we could have more colours for cars though, I looked at the Skoda Superb website the other day – your choices? Black, White, 8 shades of what I’d call grey, they claimed one was blue, it wasn’t. Saying that an old Boss of mine nearly 20 years ago owned a Yellow Audi A3, it was **** gopping! I’m told White is popular now because it’s the cheapest colour.
For the sake of comparison my only experience of Canada was Vancouver for a few days, one of the Greyest Cities I’ve ever seen, Beautiful from some angles (I liked the harbour) but quite ugly from others. Whistler on the other had was GREEN, but their trees have a more tan colour than the dark brown we have here. I really liked it.
I think the french do a nice pallet for cars, not the ones they sell here, but they have some nice ones I saw a few clios in a sort of brown that reminded me of a mushroom, I think they’ve long gotten oven trying to make their cars look all aggressive and ‘sporty’ for the sake of it.Posted 3 months agokerleyMember
Silver is the best colour for a car if you don’t like washing it.
Yep, that is why I have had a number of silver cars. I wash my car about twice a year.
As for grey in summer, absolute rubbish. Looking at the window all I can see is green, purple, yellow and white all mixing together very nicely (my wife is a very good gardener).Posted 3 months agoNicoMember
As somebody above said, this is all quite recent. Black as a colour for cars went out of fashion in the 50s but came back a decade (maybe two) ago. White was briefly popular in the 80s for chavvy hot hatches, followed by a couple of decades in the doldrums. For much of my life blue was the most popular and most saleable colour for a car, with red second. In terms of clothes in the 80s there was a rash of flourescent pink and yellow in leisure wear – now it’s all black and grey. I think it might be linked to the economy – perceived affluence goes hand in hand with muted “tasteful” colours. When I used to teach English to foreign students a Spanish girl told me that she loved the fact that elderly English women wore all sorts of pastel colours whereas in Spain they all wore black (I’m going back to the 70s here). I’m not really aware of Canadians being any more colourful but then for that matter European cars are all muted colours and building materials tend to reflect the area. Colourful buildings tend to be those where the buildings are concrete or rendered. Painting red brick is stupidity incarnate as it condemns you to a lifetime of painting in addition to compromising the breathability of a marvellous material.Posted 3 months agoOnzadogMember
Just ordered a new company car. Given what I need to carry and how little I want to spend, I’ve picked an astra sports tourer. I’ve ended up with a white one, but really wanted some of the fun colours they only do on the little toy cars. They’re just not available on sensible cars.Posted 3 months agomoomanMember
Its the snow blindness or maybe effects of the recent off James.
Step outside the grey polluted flatlands of Cardiff and you will discover a multitude of green colours. The colours of those cars are ideal for an attention seeking 18 year old .. a bit cringe worthy for anyone older though.Posted 3 months agosenor jSubscriber
My garden has masses of purples , whites ,yellows,oranges,blues and cat scat.Posted 3 months ago
I like a pink shirt.
The missus did try christmas tree light apartheid ,however Little J & I insisted on the most tacky colourful flashing options! 🙂
My missus is Hyacinth Bucket and I claim my £5.mogrimMember
I live in Spain, the sky’s very blue in summer. And all the cars are white, silver, black or red.Posted 3 months ago
TBH I reckon we are generally a bit more adventurous than other Europeans when it comes to style and colour. Maybe a little too adventurous at times, but certainly less dull than the label obsessed Italians for example.scudMember
It’s not just colours that change when UK hits periods of austerity:Posted 3 months ago
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