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More Turquoise for 20100

Feeling a little blue? Pantone is — and they’ve been celebrating it all year long.

To kick off 2010, the Pantone, the ”global authority on color,” declared its  15-5519 Turquoise to be the color of the year. I didn’t know there was a color of the year. Do they celebrate with a crayon or something?


Probably not, but it is an interesting way to push paint colors that most consumers aren’t familiar with. Eggshell does get blah after a while. Still, I have to wonder if anyone has incorporated this color into their lives just because Pantone told them so.

“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.”


It does have a bit of a calming effect — and who doesn’t need a little extra calming? Also, we can’t knock Turquoise; Pantone chose the color amongst 3,000 other options.

It’s a nice color for the bathroom or a kid’s room. However, I’d want to use this in my bedroom. It might create the illusion of an ocean view, or at least make me feel like The Little Mermaid. Where would you put this color in your home?

by Rachel Cericola

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