Turquoise looks great with brown and other neutral colors.
Combine turquoise with other shades of blue to create a coastal or nautical look in your room.
Pantone, the company that defines color models throughout many industries, including home furnishings and design, has made Turquoise its color of the year for 2010.
Color of the Year
Each year, Pantone, known as the world’s leading color authority, selects a trend-setting shade that will influence the fashion and home design industries. Previous colors of the year have included chili pepper (2007), blue iris (2008) and mimosa (2009). Pantone’s 2010 “it” color is turquoise.
Everything’s Turning up Turquoise
The cool color of turquoise is 2010’s hottest shade.
- by Jennifer Sellers
Whether it’s in the warm, peaceful waters of the Caribbean or in the smooth mineral stones of the Southwest, the color of turquoise both surprises and soothes. By combining the calming effects of blue with the invigorating, hopeful quality of green, it’s the perfect shade to lead us through another year of uncertainty. Pantone, the company that defines color models throughout many industries, including home furnishings and design, has made this hue—specifically, PANTONE® 15-5519 Turquoise—its color of the year for 2010.
The Color of Tranquility
It’s no accident that the mention of the color turquoise conjures up images of Bahamian beaches and Virgin Island vacations. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, turquoise is inspired by water and sky. “Through years of color word-association studies, we find that turquoise represents an escape to many—taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy,” she says.
Incorporating Turquoise into Your Home’s Design
Whether you want to be in tune with trends or just want to bring peaceful shades of blue-green into your home, there are many fun ways to design with the color turquoise.
- Turn your master bathroom into your own private spa retreat by painting your walls a shade of turquoise, or simply incorporating turquoise towels, bathmats and other accessories.
- In the kitchen or dining room, use turquoise-colored dinnerware, placemats or tablecloths.
- Combine turquoise with browns and neutrals to liven up your living room with punches of color in your pillows, window coverings or upholstery.
- Bring this inspiring shade of blue-green into your bedroom with turquoise bedding, pillows and accents.
- Pair turquoise with a deep blue to created an updated nautical look.
However you incorporate it into your home, you can be sure that turquoise will turn heads and liven up traditional spaces.