Monday, February 9, 2009

Take it or Leave it?


Love it or hate it,
this is the color that
Pantone announced, back in December, as their

Color of The Year for 2009

PANTONE® 14-0848 Mimosa
a warm, engaging yellow


photo courtesy of Pantone.com


In a time of economic uncertainty and political change, optimism is paramount and no other color expresses hope and reassurance more than yellow
.

"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."

Best illustrated by the abundant flowers of the Mimosa tree and the sparkle of the brilliantly hued cocktail, the 2009 color of the year represents the hopeful and radiant characteristics associated with the color yellow. Mimosa is a versatile shade that coordinates with any other color, has appeal for men and women, and translates to both fashion and interiors. Look for women's accessories, home furnishings, active sportswear and men's ties and shirts in this vibrant hue.


Would you be so bold as to use yellow in the way that these homeowners have?

Have you
washed your walls in vibrant yellow?

photo courtesy of CottageLiving.com


photo courtesy of CottageLiving.com


photo courtesy of SouthernLiving.com


photo courtesy of SouthernLiving.com


photo courtesy of SouthernLiving.com


photo courtesy of SouthernLiving.com


photo courtesy of SouthernLiving.com


photo courtesy of SouthernLiving.com


photo courtesy of CottageLiving.com

I will admit that I am not inclined to use yellow as it was in the above photos. I prefer living in a much calmer pallette. However, I am not at all opposed to adding in pops of yellow as these homeowners have done:


photo courtesy of Sunset.com


photo courtesy of Sunset.com


photo courtesy of Sunset.com


photo courtesy of CottageLiving.com


So what do you think?

Take it or leave it?


8 comments:

MeganSloan said...

I like the color, but definitely not for all four walls in a room. However, I do like the outdoor porch with the long yellow wall. I'd prefer to have it in accents, with maybe a pale yellow, or contrasting color, wall. But the yellow does make me think my house is kind of dark and some type of yellow would brighten things up. :)

DesignTies said...

I'm with you... I much prefer the calming, butter yellows over - to use your example - a Mimosa yellow. I can't deny that it's bright, fresh, fun... pretty even... but it would have to be a unique space to successfully carry such a colour. I think I'd much rather see it as an accent colour in a room of browns, creams and/or greys and abundant natural textures...
Victoria (one half of DesignTies)

Wendy said...

I actually liked the yellow in some of the pictures above. I would use it, but I think it wouldn't take long for me to be tired of it.

Karla said...

I totally agree with everything you guys have said! :)

Megan, I like the long outdoor porch too! I think the bright yellow with the ceiling painted that vibrant aqua looks great and would be fun to be around!

~Karla

marty39 said...

The rooms with the vivid yellow are all just gorgeous, but I think that would get to me after a while. I so much prefer the little pops of yellow, or really I prefer a gold color. Great post. Hugs, Marty

DesignTies said...

I'm not a fan of yellow. It's about about the only colour that we don't have in our house!! Although I do appreciate a nicely decorated yellow room -- I just don't have a desire to live with yellow myself.

My favourite colour has always been purple -- which is the total opposite of yellow on the colour wheel, so maybe that's why I don't like yellow....

Thanks for checking out my Met Monday post, and for the kind comments you made about my office :-)

Kelly

DomesticDivasFancy said...

I do like those pictures above but if I ended up painting a room yellow it would look awful. I stick to my neutral brown tones. I am safe that way, and sometimes not even that works out.

The English Cottage Collection said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving the kind words...I came right over. Great post on yellow! I had yellow in my last house on the walls. I was a soft Martha Stewart BUTTERCREAM color, so happy and calming.
Ps. your older post...nothing like a man with power tools!!!! Lucky girl.
~Debra