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Yellow tulips speak to me of Spring and the promise of sunshine.
What could be more optimistic than that?

Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industry has selected 'Mimosa', a warm, engaging yellow, as the Color of the Year for 2009. It was selected for the view that the world is in a time of economic and political change and for the fact that yellow more than any other color represents optimism, hope and reassurance.

"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."

While all the above testaments to the effects of yellow on the psyche are so true, yellow is a color that is a tried and true favourite and has been used abundantly throughout the annals of time. Although I don't subscribe to the fickle market trends of color ......thank-you very much Pantone for your re-packaging and re-marketing of the color Yellow and for giving it it's year of fame!!


Sunset in Morocco taken by my girlfriend Ann on her desert safari expedition 2007.

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Yellow lanterns on the Island of Giudecca for the famous Rendentore fireworks celebration 2008

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Albert Hadley was using yellow in his designs in the 80's

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David Hicks (left) used yellow in the 70's

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Conran has introduced a yellow velvet for this sofa (left) just in time to catch the yellow wave.
A yellow ottoman at the showroom of Dennis & Leen in Los Angeles that I was attracted to on a visit in 2008 (right)

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Yellow tufted ottomans (left Nate Berkus, right KWID)

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Yellow toss cushions and trim on draperies add a lively spark to these rooms. EKB Interiors

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Jeffery Bilhuber's famous library using the iconic yellow of the National Geographic magazines

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Yellow in large scale abstract artwork

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Yellow wall coverings KWID


Framed wall paper panels by the fabulous Maison 21


Bold & graphic yellow stripes in this bathroom


Yellow for draperies

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Fabric and trim from my files for a Master Bedroom I designed in the 90's

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Clarence House Silk draperies

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Yellow Bedding

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Yellow paint for walls. Benjamin Moore's St Elmo's Fire is a great yellow with just a touch of green in it.

Benjamin Moore's St. Elmo's fire yellow has a hint of green via Washington Post Sept 11Design Within Reach AC Chair


Yellow slipcovered dining chairs Vicente Wolf


Yellow lamps were starting to show up in abundance in 2008

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Jan Showers lamp (left) Michael Devine fabric (right)

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One of my favourite pieces of artwork by Kenton Nelson

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What do you think? Is yellow a color you will want to introduce into your home in 2009, or will you be content to let others use it?

Click here to read a post I did on the color Yellow February 2008

Patricia Gray writes about emerging trends, her inspirations, and "What's HOT" in the world of Design, as well as sneak peaks of her work..
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