In our opinion, you can never have too much color. And the one toy that started it all (our obsession, that is) was the humble box of crayons.

No one can forget those eight classic colors that we’d blend to make adorable masterpieces for school. But as we’ve grown, so have the number of shades available. You may have debated over whether “blue-green” was different from “green-blue” in grade school, but did you ever color with “laser lemon” or “mud red?”

Today, there are over 120 different varieties of Crayola crayons. And it’s predicted that by 2050, there will be over 330 shades.

So what’s the logical thing to do in the face of all this color? Why, make a stunning infographic, of course! Stephen Von Worley, a visualization researcher, studied the data and found that every 28 years or so, the number of colors in that crayon box doubles. Projecting forward, they anticipate that we’ll be up to our eyeballs in pretty shades by the turn of the century.

What will this mean for coloring? Will we eventually get to the point where the differences between violet-purple, lilac-purple, sunset-purple and succulent-purple are just too nuanced to bother with? Or will this growing array of colors mean even more opportunities for creativity in fashion and DIY-ing? Whatever the future holds, at least we know it won’t be black and white.

What do you think of this impressive array of color? Tell us your thoughts on the graphic and the future in the comments below!

(image via Meri Cherry)