From Mimosa to Turquoise: 2009's Color Palette

From Mimosa to Turquoise: 2009's Color Palette

Lindsey Roberts
Dec 28, 2009

The colors we loved in 2009 were right in line with color company Pantone's predictions: yellows, pinks and fuschias, greens (in citron, lucite, vibrant), purples (a holdover from 2008), grays, and palace blue &mdash in anticipation of 2010's turquoise, cobalt, teal. We mostly saw the bright colors in splashes with neutrals.

Color company Pantone reassured us that everything would be okay, despite our "complex world," with Blue Iris in 2008. In 2009, Pantone gave us hope with Mimosa, another color of reassurance. For 2010, Pantone predicts Turquoise: an "effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world." Seems like Pantone considers this a tumultuous time.

Even though our colors were gem-toned and peppy, we noticed that they were used on neutral backgrounds (black, brown, gray, beige, white) more often than not. Even if we saw bright yellow or blue walls, they were accent walls, and not a room's four sides.

Whether or not you think color science is bunk, we followed the predictions. The evidence is on the walls.

1 Pantone chose Mimosa for 2009, and Turquoise for 2010. We saw both of these colors, and also saw them in combo.

2 Pantone's Colors for Spring 2009 Note the colors Pantone predicted, and the ones we loved, below.

3 Color Therapy: Color Forecast 2009

4 Color of the Year 2009: Goodbye Blue Iris, Hello Mimosa!

5 Pantone's Most Influential Color of 2009

6 Finding Paint in "Mimosa"

7 If Mimosa Isn't for You, Try Sparkler

8 Retro Yellow and Turquoise

9 Yellow and Teal

10 Yellow and White

11 Gray and Yellow

12 Yellow and Black

13 Gold and Gray

14 Green and Gold

15 Pink and Orange

16 Orange, Charcoal, Gray and Cream

17 Burnt Orange

18 Orange and Blue

19 Hot Pink, Orange and Light Blue

20 Warm Pink and Beige

21 Black, White and Peony Pink

22 Hot Pink and Red

23 A Variety of Greens

24 Green on Green

25 Gray, Black and Lime Green

26 Olive Green

27 Purple and Gray

28 Mauve and Chartreuse

29 Purple Rooms

30 Black, Gray and Purple

31 Gray

32 Teal and White

33 Jewel-Toned Blues and Neutrals

34 Chartreuse and Turquoise

35 Blue and Silver

36 Coastal Hues

37 Turquoise, Black and White

38 Pantone's Fashion Color Report for 2010: violet, turquoise, tuscany, tomato pureé, fusion coral, aurora, eucalyptus, amparo blue, pink champagne, dried herb.

39 Pantone's 2010 Home & Interiors Color Trend Forecast

40 Turquoise Named Pantone's Color of 2010

From bright, hopeful Mimosa, to tranquil, sleepy turquoise? What does that say about our country's mood? And how do these colors affect you? How will you use them?

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