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Pantone’s Colour of 2010; Turquoise

By 12/11/2009January 26th, 201739 Comments

The news is out, Pantone has selected Turquoise as their colour for 2010!

“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.”

Read the full press release here.

Aurasoma defines turquoise as; Creative communication of the heart from the feeling side of being.

I love turquoise and it’s a natural pairing with Mimosa, Pantone’s colour of 2009!

Elizabeth Dinkel via House of Turquoise

Jeff Andrews via House of Turquoise

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  • Marlo says:

    I decorated my Christmas tree in turquoise and gold. I love it so much I want to change my plan of using cream and orange for my living/dining room to turquoise and yellow. It's such a beautiful combination and makes me feel so good.

  • Carol Ann says:

    Good to know, thank you

  • The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after says:

    Last weekend I went to a dinner party at this yummy mid-town flat where the feature colours were turquoise and salmon. Get this, it worked. In fact, it was brilliant.
    You have a lovely weekend.

  • Things That Inspire says:

    I love this color – House of Turquoise is going to be thrilled!

  • artistryinfaux says:

    OHHH A Christmas tree in turquoise…yummmm. I have a dear friend from Florida, Krista, that teaches decorative faux finishing.
    She says that when you are creating a new finish and it just isn't working put teal or turquoise on it and it will fix it..funny thing is, it does..lololol

  • Francine Gardner says:

    i must experiment with turquoise.
    to answer your question, I am not in bordeaux right now but in my New York Showroom trying to convince clients…this is the Holiday…you really need new furniture or accessories for your home…

  • Easy Does It Redesign and Consulting says:

    Very interesting – thanks! Now I am doubly glad that I just changed out the dominant color in our master br to a "dirty" turqoise to offset the barnwood wall/headboard.

    Always interesting to read your posts!

  • Linda at Lime in the Coconut! says:

    Dayum…and to think I am painting over my laundry room which is that exact color (with bright white cabinets).

    I guess turquoise won't be the color of the year in this casa…

  • Ivy Lane says:

    mmm….yummm… Gold and Turquoise! THAT's the ticket! My master is called Hazel..Sherwin Williams… Gold would be perfect as an accent in there… thanks for this post today!

  • Erica at DECORICA says:

    Nice. It's going to be a beautiful year.

  • Southern Aspirations says:

    gorgeous image. 2010 will be a good year. 😉

  • laurelstreet says:

    Yay! I finally have an award-winning color on my walls. I never win anything!

    BTW – Don't you love the House of Turquoise Blog? I only recently found it and it's quickly become a favorite!

  • Trouvais says:

    Turquoise was big in 1898 also! I found an antique silk sample book from Lyon, France and the colors are all still brilliant. They had several, gorgeous groups of turquoise. Trish

  • DesignTies says:

    Love turquoise and I see it EVERYWHERE!

    Hey Chickie… there's a wee message for you over on DesignTies… at the bottom of the post about YOU winning for guessing the colour of Kelly's cabinets. Come back!!

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  • Virginia says:

    That is great! Grey & turquoise. I couldn't be happier.

  • Naomi says:

    wow that first image is really stunning. I love turquoise. It pairs well with just about every color! right now my fave is turquoise and orange.

  • Rachel says:

    I'm cool with turquoise so long as it doesn't scream 1980's!

  • Erin says:

    Obviously I couldn't be more excited with their decision! And you're so right…it looks amazing with Mimosa!

  • Annie says:

    turquoise has always been one of my favorites & my wall color is exactly that in our living room! It's great with so many other colors – you have a hard time going wrong with turquoise!

  • chanteusevca says:

    Turquoise is my "signature color!" They finally heard me! I guess 2010 is my year. I wear turquoise almost every day in some form or another from clothing to jewelry. So thrilled to also be incorporating it more into my home colors as well. I decided a few weeks ago to paint my front door a shade of turquoise. And I can't wait to see it finished.

    Thanks for the update, Maria.

  • DesignTies says:

    I love turquoise too — you may have noticed it on our blog header 🙂 And it seems to be a favourite of a lot of people — the blog post I wrote about turquoise is our most popular post ever!!

    I especially like turquoise with purple & apple green. I guess I'm an analogous kind of girl 😉


  • Ruthie's Renewed Treasures says:

    I just purchased a turquoise vase and it's smashing! Love turquoise jewelry too. I'd love a giant turquoise ring.


  • Debra Phillips says:


    had no idea when we did our christmas house in TURQUOISE, linen and zinc.

    naturally another great post maria!

  • Cristin says:

    Yeah for my favorite color!


  • Sarah Klassen says:

    This is a beautiful color — I was thrilled to read the report! I adore it with fresh yellows, but also find it romantic with soft pink and gray, but in it's prime with silver and crisp white. Lovely examples, also.

    I hope you have a much-inspired and fun weekend.


  • Rebecca says:

    My folks Florida home has a bit of turquoise. Upstairs we repainted their bedroom two winters ago in a taupe and used the old turquoise lamps. They are a great shape, I redid the lamp shades in a newer size and shape (had to buy new harps). Mom found a lighter turquoise spread with shams and with a few accessories we had a great looking room. She will be happy to hear the room is very much in style.
    The truth of the matter is that it does not matter that turquoise is the hot new color but that my parents now have a room in which they like to spend time.

  • Rebecca says:

    Maria, I enjoy your blog and the way you share with your readers!! Thanks!!

    O.K. What I really want is a little turquoise box from Tiffany’s.

  • Lauren says:

    yay!!!i love turquoise!!! i know Erin @ House of Turquoise is just thrilled!!! hahah

    have a great weekend!!

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  • Between you, me and the Fencepost says:

    Turqoise always reminds me of the rust and turqoise Arizona/Desert look trend in the 80's . . . the examples you have of course are amazing. That's the colour I want in my office when I decorate it.

  • Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury says:

    Isn't that funny. Before I looked at your post, I was going to ask you what would become of Mimosa. So happy to see examples of the two together… one of my favorite color combos actually.

  • micah @ the yellow front door says:

    Love me some turquoise!

  • Janean says:

    Turquoise! Fresh, warm and exciting!

  • Arlene says:

    Ruthie's Renewed Treasures … so sorry to hear that the new turquoise vase that you just purchased is smashing. What a shame. I hear 'crazy glue' works wonders! 😉

  • Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says:

    I like it! I think it has a lot of versatility!

  • Pam Kersting says:

    WoW. This is great news Maria! Now, if I can only find some turquoise-colored plants, I can blog about it too!

  • Tara says:

    I love my Tiffany boxes and Turquoise Bathroom even more! I have vintage yellow French Savon labels framed and gold gilt and yellow velvet frames on the Turquoise walls, it looks so "happy". I will take a pic and send it to you Maria.

  • Bluzulu says:

    I have never been attracted to or liked this color. It has always reminded me when I was a little kid in the 80's. This and teal. The 80's were so tacky and so is this color. Yuck!!!


    Wonderful post…AGAIN. So interesting to so many people, which is not exactly what most blogs are about. Your's is not just another pretty picture.
    Thanks, Marsha

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