The Catherine Wheel, Bibury's local, has just reopened having been re-fitted following a change of ownership. When I drove past on Saturday the old sign was still up: white text on a pale-ish green background. The green was from the heritage, Farrow-and-Bally palette*, and I have to say I felt a moment of involuntary revulsion. That wishy-washy set of watery, drab, sick-based colours has really lost its appeal, at least for me. Too studiedly and laboriously tasteful.
Don't get me wrong, I've got the odd bit of woodwork painted in that palette myself. But I sense a change in the aesthetic: and if I've begun to notice it, you can be sure it must be well under way.
The new owners have put up a much bigger sign, and it's in a lusty, unrestrained purple. I think I may have glimpsed an indication that we're moving into a new age of taste, one where colours are jolly by way of compensation for all the other stuff. About time too.
* Having looked up the F&B colour chart it was somewhere around Cooking Apple Green, Ball Green and Stone White (sic). The purple doesn't appear on their chart - it is, quite literally, beyond the pale.