So in early December, Pantone - the world's expert on color - named turquoise the color for 2010.
I have mixed emotions about this and wish very much they would have consulted me before making this decision. On the pro side, it confirms my uber-impeccable taste, as turquoise is one of my all time favorite colors
and I've been using it for years. On the con side, it means now everyone is going to start using it,
and I will no longer be considered hip before my time, but just another follower of a trend. A trend! I do not want the color turquoise to be lowered to that of a trend. I'm not sure I can live with any of this, Pantone!
Here is an excerpt from Pantone's official press release:
2010 press releases
Pantone Unveils Color of the Year for 2010:
PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise
Turquoise Transports Us to an Exciting, Tropical Paradise While Offering a Sense of Protection and Healing in Stressful Times
CARLSTADT, N.J., Dec. 8, 2009 –Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company (NASDAQ: XRIT), and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE® 15-5519 Turquoise, an inviting, luminous hue, as the color of the year for 2010. Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.
“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.”
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."
So there you have it, color fans. I will always be a fan of turquoise. Turquoise, red and yellow.
BEST. COLORS. EVER. Best combination of colors ever too, hands down.
And that's according to the Megan Walker official press release, if you need to quote me on that :)
And then there's pink, of course. Ah, lovely pink, which is the sweetest color of all time. Sigh...
But a color I rarely use because I am the only female living in a male world. But that's another story.