Just as last year's Color of the Year, Blue Iris (PANTONE 18-3943), satisfied the need for reassurance in a complex world, this year's yellow - one of the colors most closely associated with hopeful, radiant characteristics - is warm and engaging, speaking of hope and optimism during a time of economic uncertainty and political change. Inspired by the Mimosa tree and the delicious sparkle of the yummy cocktail, the 2009 Color of the Year (PANTONE 14-0848) is a versatile shade that coordinates with almost any other color, appeals to both men and women, and translates easily to both fashion and interiors.
Translation: paint your walls yellow, and small rooms suddenly feel open, inviting, and connected to the outdoors, while in sportswear and especially men's ties, it is warm and cheery. "The color yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance," explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation."
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- Lesley Scott
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