Pantone, a global color authority, has selected turquoise as the color of the year for 2010. The blue-green shade replaces mimosa, the sunny yellow that was Pantone’s top pick for 2009.
Combining the “serene qualities of blue with the invigorating aspects of green,” turquoise evokes thoughts of “soothing tropical waters and a languorous escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while restoring our sense of well-being,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute in Carlstadt, N.J.
Just the kind of feel-good color we need in 2010, the year in which the depressed economy is expected to start recovering.
To determine color trends, the Color Institute’s team of specialists travels the world, observing colors in many contexts and studying consumer psychology. Pantone then creates the standardized color palettes used in the design and fashion industries.
“In many cultures, turquoise occupies a special position in the world of color,” Eiseman says. “It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky.
Whether envisioned as a tranquil ocean surrounding a tropical island or a protective stone warding off evil spirits, Turquoise is a color that most people respond to positively. It is universally flattering, has appeal for men and women, and translates easily to fashion and interiors. With both warm and cool undertones, Turquoise pairs nicely with any other color in the spectrum. Turquoise adds a splash of excitement to neutrals and browns, complements reds and pinks, creates a classic maritime look with deep blues, livens up all other greens, and is especially trend-setting with yellow-greens.
People who like turquoise tend to be complex, imaginative and original, says Ron Redding, vice president of design for York Wallcoverings in York, Pa.
Once seen mainly in resort decor and clothing, turquoise now is making its way into “everyday homes,” says Gina Shaw, another designer with York Wallcoverings. In addition, “turquoise and other ocean-inspired blues are ‘eco-colors’ that reflect increasing consumer appreciation of the environment and nature.”
In general, a high-voltage color such as turquoise is best confined to smaller areas, such as a single wall. But if you’re not brave enough to splash the color of the year on your walls, at least use accessories to update your decor, Sheaf says. “Pop in a turquoise lamp, picture frames, towels or a painted chair. The result will be magical.”
Perfect for a powder room or bedroom, Turquoise is an evocative, spa-like hue that adds an undertone of warmth and excitement to any cool space. In the kitchen, Turquoise adds a unique flare to tabletop and appliances.
If you love the many shades of Turquoise, here are some great ways to add it to your home: Pillows & Throws, Lamps, Turquoise Stones, Rugs or Artwork. This is a wonderful way to give your home a New Year’s lift and add some bright, happy hues to the long, cold days and nights of winter.