2009 Color Trends

Pantone Color Trends presents Mimosa Yellow as 2009 Color of the Year

Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards to the design industries, has announced that Pantone #14-0848 Mimosa, is the color of the year for 2009. Mimosa is a warm, engaging yellow.  Mimosa was deemed perfect for this year of change - hopeful optimism that the economic and political atmosphere will clear and provide upmost reassurance.

Pantone: “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.”

If you look around, Mimosa Yellow is appearing everywhere – covers of shelter magazines and catalogs, as well as on the clothing racks in all the boutiques. 2009 Interior design and decorating trends are incorperating yellows in very stylish and unique ways.  Yellows will be in shades all across the color spectrum from pale lemon to a rich gold. Mimosa Yellow is one of the freshest and easiest colors to mix in with blues, greens, or raspberry tones. Yellow will be the biggest of the 2009 color trends.  The Psychology of color says that babies cry more in yellow rooms - a very stimulating colour, it enhances concentration and speeds the metabolism.

Home Decorating 2009 - Current Color Trends: The Other Hot Colors

Watery shades of teal and turquoise will continue to be a presence with the 2009 color trends. Think of the tropical waters in the Caribbean and the charismatic mix of teal greens and blues. Teal is a color that rebounds under a different name every few years, but it appears it will be around for a while longer. The combination with brown continues to be very trendy and chic in 2009, but with the brown becoming more caramel toned.

2009 Home of the Year

Home Decorating 2009 - Current Color Trends - Bold Interior Colors

Shades of purple and red will boldly stomp into living areas as a go-to color. The meek will tone them down to secondary hues combined with earth tones or taupe-grays, for a softer sophisticated look. However, don’t be shocked to see entire rooms painted in a deeper version – the color hugs the area and creates warm, inviting environment. Vivid pinks will be for the ultra trendy, but you will see touches of it worm into traditional interiors. Pink is another optimistic tone that compares to the first flowers of spring, or looking through your rose colored glasses.

Home Decorating 2009 - Current Color Trends - Gray Greens


Clean gray greens round out the new color trends for 2009 with their subtle, subdued palette.

With all this optimistic thinking, the color trends for 2009 give life and lightness to a room. Paired with neutrals it is hardly somber as pops of color will be added as accents – consider navy blue, rich purple, or a crisp black for accessories.



Consumers are really looking for ways to freshen up what they already have, rather than full re-do of their rooms. If you have a room with neutral basics – a brown sofa or sage green chairs per se, then adding throws, pillows, or a grouping of accent vases in one of the 2009 interior colors is an inexpensive and easy fix.


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