Color of the year for 2010. Not just for roadside jewelry stands anymore.

Turquoise, specifically Pantone® 15-5519, has been crowned Color of the Year for 2010. If it makes you feel like slipping on your sarong and sipping a Coconut Willie by the pool…well, then you are a very strange young man. But on trend, apparently.

Pantone, the global authority on color and color standards for the design industry, says that Turquoise (which they inexplicably capitalize every time they mention it) “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 well-being.” It’s also the color of a ’55 Ford Station Wagon I once had that was actually the cause of many of my everyday  troubles but we’ll let that pass.

Turquoise does have strong qualities of light and cheerfulness and as Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® says, “In many cultures Turquoise 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.”

Will it catch on? Well, turquoise is already turning up on everything from First Lady frocks to plastic crocs….plus the lovely chandelier pictured above.

Check out eye spy blog for lots more cool turquoise stuff and more of the house painting above at cynthia meyer art.

–Barbara Combs

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