Despite gray economic times, the Pantone Color Institute has predicted yellow will provide an optimistic and influential glimmer of hope in 2009 in design, fashion and in the home market as reported yesterday on AT Chicago. Pantone specifically cited "mimosa," a vibrant shade of yellow derived from the flowers of the mimosa tree (as well as the brunch-favorite cocktail), as the top shade of the new year. Good news, as our living room is painted yellow! Some further details and examples of yellow throughout the home from our Los Angeles house tours below...
Kim and Paul Famighetti's Twin Peak Austin home is filled with yellow from top to bottom.
"I think it's just the most wonderful symbolic color of the future," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "It's invariably connected to warmth, sunshine and cheer — all the good things we're in dire need of right now."
In the spring fashion collections previewed earlier in the fall for retailers and editors, pops of yellow brightened the runways of Carolina Herrera — who called her favorite shade marigold — Badgley Mischka, Zac Posen and Michael Kors, among others. Kors even included a retro yellow polka-dot bikini that clearly harkened back to a more upbeat time.
The fashion world first embraced orange a few years ago and that has evolved into yellow, which had already been gaining popularity in the home market, too.
"People know yellow lightens up the atmosphere," Eiseman says.
Our own Abby's mom's West Village apartment showcases some vibrant use of yellow.
Home-goods companies based in Paris and Milan, Italy, have already been heavily influenced by yellow, says Tom Mirabile, vice president of global trends and design at Lifetime Brands, Inc., whose portfolio includes Cuisinart, Farberware and Pfaltzgraff.
It helps that it looks good in florals and has a close association with nature, a driving force in the marketplace right now, and it complements current favorites green and purple. (In 2008, "blue iris," a purple-tinged blue, was color of the year.)
"I'd say you should get used to seeing yellow in places you're not used to seeing it," Eiseman says.
Use yellow in unexpected places, like Ben and Polly have in their bathroom in Sherman Oaks.
(Images: as linked above)