Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Is this your Colour of the Year?

Well, turquoise has never been a colour that I've worked with too much in my 10 years designing homes for clients.  But according to Pantone, the world authority on colour, it's the bees knees for 2010.  The wholly under appreciated and often maligned turquoise was named Colour of the Year by the institute.  So what happens when a colour is plucked from obscurity and catapulted into super stardom?  Well it starts showing up in all the right places, that's what.

Nono is an extraordinarily unique wallpaper producer setting trends in wallpaper and fabric worldwide.  They are bold and brilliant and they are all over the turquoise trend with their Oriental Moon paper pulled from their recently revealed New Oriental line of products.  Paired with soft greens and white suddenly turquoise is sexy and sophisticated.  This is not your Aunt Minny's wallpaper.  But please, for the love of all that is good in design, use restraint when selecting a paper of this importance.  As the madly beloved Mies van der Rohe said, "Less is More".  


Don't you just want to reach out and rub your hands all over this amazing handblown glass pendant light?  Made by Dominic Nicholas, this pendant is the height of luxury for any room in your house.  Definitely over an island or a prep area but what about a bathroom.  This is the luxurious and decadent jewelry that makes a room simply fantastic

Dominic Nicholas

So what to do with the new darling of the design world.  What if your newfound love simultaneously delights you and leaves you shuddering in fear?  Try using it in all white room as the main accent colour.  Can you say HOT?  Turquoise is also delightfully whimsical when paired with chocolate brown.  As you've already seen, green is very happy to be near turquoise but only lighter shades of green.  Too dark and they'll be fighting for the spotlight.  Not a very nice way to treat our star of the year.  
If you decide that you just can't do it.  No way could you ever bring yourself to purchase even that little pillow or throw then just do what all good shoppers some shoes!

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