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In December 2009, Pantone unveiled the 2010 color of the year: turquoise. I emailed one of my co-workers, asking, “What is this, 1959?”

Image from <a href=http://1950satomicranchhouse.blogspot.com/>1950s Atomic Ranch House</a>

It felt very Mad Men of them to appoint such a color, especially on the heels of the 2009 color palette, which tended toward the less exuberant sides of hues like purple and red.

According to the press release, “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.”

As I thought about that, and looked at the following pictures, I realized that I could get on board with such a color. After a year that made me go ugh, a soothing, tropical escape sounds like just the ticket.

So frolic with me through the land of turquoise. And here’s to a 2010 that restores our sense of wellbeing.

P.S. You can’t do a post on turquoise without starting out with the House of Turquoise.

<a href=http://www.houseofturquoise.com/>House of Turquoise</a> from <a href=http://www.houseofturquoise.com/2009/12/happy-new-year-with-turquoise.html>Happy New Year With Turquoise Chandeliers</a> Typewriter pic from <a href=http://mytypewriter.com/royalquietdeluxeincolors.aspx>mytypewriter.com</a> <a href=http://turquoise-la.blogspot.com/2008_12_07_archive.html>turquoise.la</a> <a href=http://www.housebeautiful.com/>House Beautiful</a> from <a href=http://www.housebeautiful.com/decorating/makeover-color-0208?click=main_sr>A Makeover With Color</a> <a href=http://www.housebeautiful.com/</a>House Beautiful</a> from <a href=http://www.housebeautiful.com/decorating/christina-rottman-warm-colors?click=img_sr>Is This Warm Color Palette Right for You?</a> <a href=http://lulupainting.wordpress.com/>Lulu Painting</a> from <a href=http://lulupainting.wordpress.com/2009/04/22/5-colours-to-cheer-up-your-space-this-spring/>5 Colors to Cheer Up Your Space This Spring</a> <a href=http://www.houseofturquoise.com/>House of Turquoise</a> <a href=http://alkemie.blogspot.com/>Alkemie</a> from <a href=http://alkemie.blogspot.com/2008/09/colorful-inspiration-for-dining-room.html>Colorful Inspiration for the Dining Room</a> <a href=http://www.idealhomemagazine.co.uk/inspiredecor/gallery/v/newalbum/blue-living-room+76.jpg.html>Ideal Home</a> <a href=http://www.hgtv.com/designers-portfolio/room/eclectic/living-rooms/2420/index.html>Judith Balis</a> living room from <a href=http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/10-cant-miss-color-trends-for-2009/pictures/index.html>10 Can't-Miss Color Trends</a>

And to wrap it up, color inspiration from our product pros at HGTV Marketplace:

turquoise-style-board

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