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Sunday, January 1, 2012

My Color Pick For 2012

When it comes to liking a certain color it will always be subjective in my humble opinion. However, there is a color board that chooses a new,  “Color of the Year!” every single year. Remember last years……..


I don’t know about you, but I did not see very many people jump on that bandwagon, or trend-train as I like to call it.

This year I am sure you all know by now that Pantones, color of the year is……….


Tangerine Tango

According to the official announcement, the deep red-orange color is intended to give us all a big energy boost; a refresh and a recharge. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Institute tells us more about the choice for 2012:

Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it. Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, if you are a friend or relative of mine you know you will NEVER see any of the orange related colors in my home.

I discovered in the early 70s after investing my hard earned money on some new expensive, for that time, linoleum that I can not live with orange. For some reason it makes me feel nervous inside and uneasy!!
Colors are very important in our lives and they truly can make or break our moods.

Since I don’t usually jump on the trend-train and I pretty much stick to what I love I decided last year that I would start making my own announcement of my own personal color of the year for ME!

The definition of Kathysue’s color of the year is:

 A color I would like to add more of, or introduce into my home.

My Last Year Color for 2011, “Cobalt Blue!”

I actually did add more of this color to my home. I put more in my backyard patio area……

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Backyard 011 (600x800)

So with all that being said, I thought I would choose my very own, “Color of the Year!” for 2012!……

(Drumroll Please)

Kathysue’s 2012 Color of the Year!……..

Kelly Green/ Emerald Green!!!


Definition of KELLY GREEN

: a strong yellowish green


from the common Irish name Kelly; from the association of Ireland with the color green
First Known Use: circa 1927

1. A brilliant green to grass-green transparent variety of beryl, used as a gemstone.
2. A strong yellowish green.
Of a strong yellowish green.

You will notice I used the words Kelly and Emerald to describe the bright green I would like to add in my home.

They both have the same definition as far as the color family they are in: Strong, Bright Yellowish green.

I actually thought that emerald green had a bit more blue in it. I think it falls somewhere in the middle. Not totally yellow, and not a totally blue based green.

Since I have decided to introduce it into my  home I have to figure out a way to do that.

I actually have started the process by purchasing a wonderful pedestal from my friend Terri of La Dolfina blog.

She is a  fabulous treasure hunter, and she had this Kelly/Emerald green pedestal in her curio cabinet the very first time I saw her home in person.

I absolutely fell in love with it. When she put it on her blog and said she was offering it for sale, I jumped at the opportunity to purchase it.

I rarely, if ever purchase something that I don’t know exactly where it is going in my home, but I did this time, I went with my heart.

I have a pretty good idea it will work in my living room with a few changes, but nothing concrete yet.

Now I am on the look for ways to use Kelly/Emerald green in my decor by pinning, and collecting images that use this lovely color.

So far I am finding that I love it in small doses, and I love it the most with a  lot of white, and touches of black.

I discovered when looking at images that I only like it as a dramatic accent piece, not as a wall color, or as a solid color of a sofa.

I am going to have fun this year looking for ways to incorporate, My, “Color Of The Year,

Kelly/Emerald Green," into my home.

If you happen to see a good use of this color  that I might enjoy please let me know!!

Happy 2012 to all of YOU!!

Kathysue is already:

“Enjoying the Process in 2012!"

BTW: I will be doing a post on the colors I would like to incorporate into my wardrobe this year! Come back to see if you like the same colors as I do?!!