respectable people and colours

It is a bit strange, I think. The wine glasses that we bought almost 6 years ago have started to fade. They used to be black but now the black has started to rub off the glass making the glass slightly embarrassing to use for future company. We bought them in that particular colour as we were obsessed with black at that time.
We had black plates, cups, toast holder, egg cups, butter holder, gravy jug, water jug and I am sure many more of these black items for our kitchen.
Now it seems much more fashionable to mix and match colours and styles of our homeware.
this trend can be seen in women’s’ fashion- 5 years ago, everything matched like jewelry, shoes, clothes and even eyeshadow.

(Simon wrote this by the way)

I often wonder what “respectable home owners” do.  Part of me wants to be one and the other part of me wants to completely rebel against it.  From what I can gather, minimalism is in.  A room should contain as little as possible.  For example, a sitting room should contain a sofa, an armchair, a television and stand and a lamp.  Colour should also be used carefully.  Monochrome is essential here.  So if you pick beige as your colour then everything should be beige or tones of beige.  The twist, however, is that you need a twist of colour – generally a colour that is on the opposite end of the colour spectrum.  Therefore, a colour like cyan or turquoise offsets the humdrum look of a beige room.  Add a single stem in a narrow vase in another complimentary colour and you have a respectable sitting room.

It also goes without saying that every room in a respectable house should have a focal point – an interesting picture, a colourful bed pan or a clever patterned tile.  It should scream out – “look at me” – but obviously in a respectable way.  Anyone who screams in a respectable home is obviously a Philistanic family member or neighbour.

It was about time we got rid of our former black glasses.  In fact, it probably was time we got rid of any black-coloured item.  A trip down to the Next store would be inspirational indeed.  This season’s colour could be seen and then we could go to other shops to buy them but for half the price.  A respectable family, of course, would not shop in a multi-national company like Next.  They must shop in boutique-style places where every piece of furniture has a story.  For instance, a kitchen table must be made from the purest oak from Venezuela and dipped in the creamiest Magnolia from the paint pots of Swiss artists and then lovingly carried by three priests to the shop where the price tag is written in Nepalese ink for no less than one thousand euro.

Do you agree? What do you think?