Touched by Turquoise: Pantone's 2010 Color of the Year
In 2010, turquoise is back in a big way. Turquoise has already hit the runways and is now being introduced into home décor in a way you've never seen before. It's bold, seamless, trendy and retro, all at once.
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, a world leader in color research across all industries from fashion to advertising, shares the scoop on this chic shade, including why it was chosen as Pantone's Color of the Year, how you can incorporate it into your existing décor and which color combinations will make your home look like it popped out of the pages of a magazine.
Why turquoise and why now?
In our world this year, job loss and a still-sluggish economy linger as a symbol of the times. As a universal symbol of healing, turquoise represents an air of optimism and protection against this modern-day struggle, Leatrice says.
Through word-association studies, Pantone also confirmed that turquoise reminds people of tropical oceans and represents escape. This one color alone evokes images of sandy beaches, green palm fronds and crisp waters—the ultimate island getaway.
"Essentially, it symbolizes a place people can go to and forget about their cares, if not actually, then aspirationally," Leatrice says.
Color combinations: turquoise with neutrals
"The turquoise-chocolate combination is classic, almost retro. It comes in and out of fashion, and right now, it's definitely in," she says.
Color combinations: turquoise with cool tones
Other cool tones that work well with turquoise include violet, which creates a stunning combination of two complex colors (green-blue and red-blue), and yellow-green, which results in a look that is both clear and striking.
Color combinations: turquoise with hot colors
Photo: Pieter Estersohn
Leatrice especially likes the turquoise-red combination, noting that they are true complements on the color wheel and therefore fit better together than you might assume.
Does turquoise make you timid? Read the rules for incorporating turquoise into your home.
- If turquoise makes you timid, start with a color combination that is not a big stretch, such as any of the neutrals or blues.
- Find a pattern or print that already incorporates turquoise so you don't have to worry about finding many different accents and pieces that create the same visual effect.
- When using a pattern or print, add one or two other touches of turquoise in the room so the eye can travel around.
- When adding touches of turquoise, do not use items/spaces of equal size. Instead, use turquoise in one large way, one smaller way and one even tinier way. This will help create visual interest and make your home look expertly coordinated.