>Pantone, a global color authority, has selected turquoise as the color of the year for 2010. The blue-green shade replaces mimosa, the sunny yellow that was Pantone’s top pick for 2009.
Combining the “serene qualities of blue with the invigorating aspects of green,” turquoise evokes thoughts of “soothing tropical waters and a languorous escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while restoring our sense of well-being,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute in Carlstadt, N.J.
Whether envisioned as a tranquil ocean surrounding a tropical island or a protective stone warding off evil spirits, Turquoise is a color that most people respond to positively. It is universally flattering, has appeal for men and women, and translates easily to fashion and interiors. With both warm and cool undertones, Turquoise pairs nicely with any other color in the spectrum. Turquoise adds a splash of excitement to neutrals and browns, complements reds and pinks, creates a classic maritime look with deep blues, livens up all other greens, and is especially trend-setting with yellow-greens.