Every year Pantone, the global authority on color, announces the "Color of the Year." They use lots of criteria to make this choice, one of them being the state of the economy. They have chosen turquoise as 2010 Color of the Year. In their press release they said that turquoise "is an inviting, luminous hue that combines the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green."
It "evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical water and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of well being." It seems like the perfect color for us at this point in time.
Colors help change our moods, some favorably and some not so favorably. Turquoise is a color that appeals to both men and women and most people respond favorably. Something that the fashion industry has known for a long time is that the color is universally flattering. It has cool undertones as well as warm undertones which allows it to be used with all the colors in the spectrum.
New colors generally are seen first in the fashion industry and gradually move into home furnishings. So we'll probably see the turquoise in some home decor products in the spring and by fall the collections will expand.
Of coarse, not everyone will want to use turquoise so check back in a few days and I'll tell you what other colors to expect to see this year.
I love mirrors. They can be used to reflect something beautiful, make a room seem larger, or just add a wonderful decorative touch to a room. Small ones can be grouped together on a wall in place of artwork. Also, use smaller ones as trays.
How ironic that the day after Valentine's Day I read a report that says chocolate is actually good for me! It has to do with something called polyphenol flavonoids. I've been telling my husband for years that dark chocolate (my favorite kind) is good for me. His response is that I'm just trying to justify how much chocolate I eat. Now I have proof and I'm certainly going to make sure I show him this report. The same report says that coffee is good for me, too. Yes!!! Two of my favorite things I can now consume with no guilt.
Red is the color associated with Valentine's Day...red hearts, red roses, red wrappings, red dresses and on and on... Red is a strong color and a little goes a long way. Even though it has been a very popular decorating color for several years, many people use more subtle colors in their homes. On this special day a little red can add a splash of color and maybe a few sparks to a table for two. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
I got up today to see a decorated landscape. It's ironic that yesterday I sent out my newsletter titled "Don't Use This Color". The color I was referring to is white. Yes, white is beautiful in nature, but, doesn't make much of an impact on interior decor unless you are using a black and white scheme. In Japan white symbolizes death, in eastern cultures it symbolizes coldness and sterility. When everything in nature is covered with snow it looks pure and feels peaceful. In interior spaces cream and green can create feelings of calm. Some shades of blue are calming also.
New Castle County, Delaware, Southeastern PA, Southern New Jersey, Maryland, United States
My passion for fabric, color and beautiful home furnishings led me into the interior design field almost twenty years ago. I like meeting new people and it gives me great satisfaction helping them with their decorating challenges.
I share my home with my husband and mini black poodle, Tally (she's my 5th poodle). I play tennis all year round and like to cook and entertain. My book shelves are filled with a variety of cookbooks and I could spend hours in a kitchen supply store!