Mimosa- color of the year 2009!

I read this morning that Pantone, the “global authority on color,” has selected Mimosa as the color of the year for 2009.  What color is mimosa?  It’s an orange-hued yellow.  British Vogue  says that Mimosa “represents hope and optimism — buzzwords for the new year after a 2008 full of instability and upheaval,”.  Hmmm….maybe they are feeling my optimism too?

“The colour yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, tells MARKETWATCH.COM. “Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation.”

Sounds interesting…Jumping on this bandwagon…here are some of my favorite color combos for “mimosa”.

Mimosa and Crimson

Red and Mimosa Inspiration

1. ‘Flaming Parrot’, 2. red stripe rice field, 3. Monday colors for my friends, 4. Eid Mubarak – عید فطر مبارک, 5. Untitled

Mimosa and Indigo

Dark Purple and Mimosa

1. Purple & Yellow, 2. Yellow Purple Green, 3. Yellow, Purple & DEADLY?, 4. Purple and yellow cherry plums, 5. Yellow and Purple, 6. Fritillaria michailovskyi, 7. Sunflowers and Eremurus at The Orrery, 8. Squircle eclipse

Mimosa and Magenta

Mimosa and hot pink

1. it’s no fun to be yellow., 2. yellow on purple, 3. ., 4. Yellow centre., 5. They were red and purple and yellow…, 6. Ligularia

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  1. Sunita on December 8, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    How interesting! And here I (and about a billion other Indians) have been calling that colour ‘mango’! Or ‘turmeric’!
    For us mimosa is a nasty weed with candy pink puff-ball flowers. I’ve never seen a yellow mimosa. Hmmm… I’ve got to look this up.
    But can you imagine the scope for confusion? This is going to be an interesting year! : )

  2. SUSHIL on December 29, 2008 at 4:19 am

    MIMOSA! HAPPY 2009

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