color love: pantone 2010 color of the year: turquoise

I am SO happy with 2010’s color of the year!

Turquoise, teal, aqua, cerulean… whatever you want to call it… is one of my favorite colors!

and, it was a perfect time for a change. Last year’s Mimosa yellow was getting old…


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.

I did a quick search at to see what fabulous teal- er- turquoise items I could come up with… lots! Here’s a few highlights.

  • Nordstrom Kisslock Frame Silk Ruffle Clutch $78 –

  • Betsey Johnson – BJR 104 Readers (Raven/Teal 2.00 Lens) – Eyewear $51 –

  • Teal waterfall pleat front blouse $63 $50 (31 GBP) –

  • A-Cute Triangle Heels in Teal Blue-Mod Retro Indie Clothing & Vintage Clothes $45 –

  • Stella Teal Glitz Topring Watch $85 –

color love: pantone 2010 color of the year: turquoise