29 December 2009

Palatable palettes

With all the snow and grey weather, I need a shot of color to brighten my day. Pantone has announced the official color for 2010: turquoise. What a fabulous pick. It is the perfect complement to darker hues, always a favorite in warmer weather, and conjures up images of paradise.

Truly not trying to create jealousy, but I can't wait for our vacation at end of February to Turks and Caicos (and I have looked at this picture to get through the week since we booked. The image is from West Bay Club, Providenciales.) Maybe it should be called Turquoise Caicos.

A splash of turquoise would add punch to the grey or black wool winter coat. Nordstrom always has a good selection of colorful accessories, like this clutch:

And this gorgeous fringe scarf (on after-Christmas sale too).

I suppose this color seems to be more feminine, but it works well with classics like navy as in this men's alpaca scarf:

Pantone has always been spot on with trends, and their site is fun to play with beyond color matching. Adobe Kuler and COLOURlovers also offer similar features. Far before I used these tools for design projects, I created a palette for my wedding. Now I find them useful for planning color palettes in my house.

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