The 2009 Color of the Year

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The unanimously elected paint color of 2009 is (drum roll, please)... Yellow! Experts across the board—from interior designers to paint supply giants—all agree that the warm freshness of yellow is just what our walls need this year.

Inspired by your favorite cheery brunch cocktail, Pantone named Mimosa its color of the year. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, expects that this nurturing, reassuring color will appear in both interior and fashion accessories to spark innovation and inspire optimism during a new time of political and social beginnings.

Doty Horn, director of color for Benjamin Moore, suggests St. Elmo's Fire, a color she says plays nicely with neutrals to energize any living space. Use the color sparingly, such as in hallways, stairwells and connector spaces as a transitional color, or on one wall in a room to make a bold statement on a budget. Changing wall color can feel like a scary commitment, but you can still enjoy the trend when you incorporate the cheer into your decor. We love these home accents saturated with the happy hue.

Happy painting, Rachel

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