Pantone Announces 2010 Color of the Year: Turquoise

If you’re a design fanatic like I am, then you wait with baited breath for the
announcement of Pantone’s choice for Color of the Year. The color choice speaks
to design and décor trends, a collective feel for the direction design will go
in the year to come, and it’s also kind of fun to see what they choose. A
little information about turquoise, from Jacci Howard Bear on

“This in-between color represents water, thus the names aqua and aquamarine. It’s
also a valuable and popular mineral often turned into jewelry. Turquoise is
closely associated with the Middle East and
the American Southwest.”

Turquoise is considered to be a spiritual color by modern mystics. It is a color that is
said to warn off negativity and help protect property. Knowing this about
turquoise, it is only fitting for it to be chosen. As we climb out of the pit
of Recession, we’ll need all the help we can get.

Feng Shui says that turquoise, though vibrant, is actually a relaxing color. Used in
the home, it can help you be a better communicator. Turquoise also represents
healing. If you want to create a healthier, happier, more relaxed home in 2010,
make turquoise a part of your design scheme.

There are a few ways you can do this. You can either overhaul your entire home,
painting walls and putting in new carpet, but who has time and money for that?
Instead, choose a few key accents or furniture pieces that tie in with the
colors you’re already using. Here are a few suggestions:


This Bali DiamondCell Storm Cellular Shade with 5 1/2″ white Noble Cornice is perfect for your comfy kitchen. Delicate white accents, a little greenery, and a splash of turquoise wall calm you as you tidy up. Turquoise blinds and shades can make a major impact.

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If you’d rather choose new draperies in a beautiful turquoise hue, I recommend Tuscany Panels in Impressions Waterfall, from the Manor House Formal Solids and Sheers collection. Should you ever tire of turquoise, you can easily replace them with something else and keep the original hardware. 

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For just a splash of muted turquoise, go with the Tuscany Panels in Rugged Mist, from the Cottage and Cabin Casual Stripes and Plaids collection.


Of course, you can just toss in a few well-placed accessories, like this fun, polka-dotted chair. Buy the Kid’s Modern Polka Dot Chair from Target.


This is truly the greatest kitchen mixer every invented for the home baker. If you don’t have one already, why not pick up the KitchenAid Stand Mixer from the Martha Stewart Blue Collection from Amazon?


For the completely non-committal home decorator, toss a couple of throw pillows, like this printed silk pillow from Target, into the mix. Turquoise pairs well with a variety of colors, so add a few to your decor. Once you get sick of them, donate them, or move them to a different room

Love turquoise too? How will you be experimenting with the 2010 Color of the Year? Tell me! >


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