The color TURQUOISE: Pantone Color of the Year 2010

What is it about this color
that is so appealing and seems to fit almost everyone and every product? Here
is what some have said:

Luxist, dedicated to covering the best the world has to offer on
a variety of luxury and fine living topics” says this color choice
marks another year of distinctly
cheery hues,
It is both calming and
colorful at the same time… and pairs well with white for the bridal market.

Transporting is a word widely
used here, especially by Leatrice Eiseman, Director of the Pantone Color
Institute. Turquoise reminds us of the beach and has a calming effect. A bit of
escapism? And it also reminds us of the jewelry of Central and South America
and American Indian: all coming from warmer climates that bring to mind: vacation!

Pantone itself said,
upon releasing news of this color:
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.”

This is what I call the “soft color” trend board. Here are the beachy blues, pale turquoise, soft whites, and peachy pinks. These can be both fun/informal but also formal in ceramics or a pattern of swirled florals.

Turquoise trendb

A second version of turquoise is the “saturated” look: the peacock feather anchors this look with its deep, vibrant blues and greens with a touch of shimmer.

Turquoise bright trend sheeta

I couldn’t resist just a few more, last minute ideas!

Note the great blue desk at bottom: I’m working on a story of the wonderful company that does this vibrant, stunning painted furniture. Stay tuned….

I want to introduce the newest member of my “team”: Sophia. Sophia hails from London and is now living in the Hudson Valley. Her job title is “research assistant”… but she is more than that! This new column, Trendy Mondays, would not be possible without her: thank you Sophia!