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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>

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45 Responses

  1. Attygirl1 says:

    This is my new favorite color and I am using it as an accent color in my home. I find that there are variations on the color and I tend toward the greenish shade. Love it!

  2. AustinK says:

    It's a gorgeous color in all it's variations. I'd use it as an accent color or maybe for a wall color in a room that wasn't used all the time like a formal dining room, guest bedroom, etc. It would be a little too dramatic as the wall color in a room we hang out all the time.

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  4. Susan Waddingham says:

    I painted my great room with three shades of turquoise in 2004 and have reveled in its beauty since then.

  5. Connie says:

    I love the turquoise colors for I remember my childhood in New mexico. when I used other colors to enhance my home I always felt they did not make me feel quite serene and calm .So I started using sand colors and using the turquoise as my accent colors.Now I feel so at peace. It is my peaceful calming color.

  6. Mary C Barkley says:

    Turquoise accents actually look great against the house of green and white I already have…..okay, so I stole the idea from David B – a white Italian leather couch with rounded corners, two white bear skin rugs over each end section + punches of green and turquois pillows all over. Decadent update for just a few bucks.
    The couch is celebrating it's 25th anniversary, rugs from Pottery Barn. My walls are in " elephant tusk" but take on a celery look at night. I'm thinking of painting just the two walls turquoise that make up the dining area; one wall has a mantel so it couldn't be too overwhelming.
    I believe the Pantone color theory site talked about turquoise in the early 2000's – saying it was the cross-pollination of blue and green – blue representing peace and green, money. A lot of non-profits used this color…..please send us your check….

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  9. Carolina says:

    Modern, yet retro, soothing, yet fun. Like taking a well deserved break at the beach. You go turquoise!

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  11. kwalters says:

    Sarah, I was totally prepared for them to announce purple, too. The turquoise shocked me — but seeing it in room settings made me recognize its appeal. I'd actually be more inclined to decorate with it than purple.

  12. kwalters says:

    It's my MIL's favorite color. She's had it in her house for years, so I've inherited a bunch of turquoise and aqua furniture, art and accessories. I'm slowly passing them on since I prefer Mexican blue, but I'll always keep some out of fondness for her. And what's your favorite color? :)

  13. cricketsmom says:

    My kitchen countertops are turquoise. Installed in 1969. Poor things need to be replaced so badly. Might have to wait another year since it's now the color of 2010. I've loved the the color. But they are fading and have no finish left on them.

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