Thursday, February 25, 2010

Turquoise it is!

Recently announced: Pantone’s Color of 2010 is Turquoise!
(Which is one of my many favorite colors.)

Quoted from Pantone:
Turquoise, an inviting, luminous hue, as the color of the year for 2010. Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.

“In many cultures, Turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of color,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “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. Through years of color word-association studies, we also find that Turquoise represents an escape to many – taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.”

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.

In fashion, Turquoise makes a statement that can look elegant and dressy in fine silk and gemstones, or casual and fun in cotton and athletic apparel. Because of its versatility, Turquoise is a great accent color in jewelry, purses, shoes, hair accessories and even nail polish for women, and ties, shirts and sportswear for men.

I recently clipped an article from Woman’s Day Magazine (February 17, 2010) called "Frankly Scarlet" which gave ideas on how to punch up rooms with the color red. After the Pantone forecast of turquoise came out, I revisited the article and thought, "Why not replace the red with turquoise?"

So here are 14 “Tips for Turquoise”:

1. Use turquoise accessories on side tables
2. In the pantry, use turquoise storage containers

3. Find turquoise picture frames and objects for bookshelves

4. On cabinetry, switch out old hardware for new turquoise hardware

5. In the bathroom, add a turquoise rug or towels

6. On the sofa, turquoise throw pillows, of course

7. Hang artwork with hints of turquoise above a couch

8. Display turquoise candles on the mantle

9. Add a turquoise lamp or shade to your bedside table

10. In the family room, cover a sofa or chair with turquoise throw or slipcover

11. Turquoise glass balls in a bowl or vase are perfect atop a coffee table

12. On a wall (or floor!) paint one accent wall or section with turquoise

13. In the kitchen, display small turquoise appliances or a pitcher with utensils

14. Add a tieback or valance with turquoise trim to windows