At the beginning of every year since 2000, Pantone has released its "Color of the Year," based on the defining mood or spirit of the times. This year, it was "Greenery," symbolizing a fresh start after a year of political turmoil. In 2016, Pantone made a historic move in picking two colors of the year for the first time ever. And a year earlier, the organization chose "Marsala," because someone at the meeting was craving Italian food (most definitely not the reason.) After the Color of the Year is announced, interior designers and home decorators go nuts putting together rooms and spaces with Pantone's chosen hue. If you're a real estate agent who likes to keep up with interior design trends, then you'll likely see the 2017 Color of the Year popping up in paints, furniture and other home accents very soon. But not all Colors of the Year have been winners -- do you really want to adorn your house with bright '70s orange? Let's take a look back at Pantone's annual color selections, ranking them from worst to best.
19. Marsala (2015)
Belongs on chicken, not on the walls.
18. Sand Dollar (2006)
The color of your first apartment where you weren't allowed to paint anything.
17. Mimosa (2009)
Research shows that yellow is one of the least liked colors. Calling it "mimosa" helps only a little.
16. Fuchsia Rose (2001)
The color of everything in my childhood bedroom.
15. Honeysuckle (2011)
The color of everything in my best friend's childhood bedroom.
14. Tangerine Tango (2012)
Best used in your home sparingly, unless you want to feel agitated all the time.
13. Tiger Lilly (2004)
A bit more bearable.
12. Emerald (2013)
The interior decorating choice for the Wizard of Oz.
11. True Red (2002)
Perfect for accent furniture.
10. Radiant Orchid (2014)
For the very bold only.
9. Blue Iris (2008)
Hey, that's pretty close to our logo color. Good choice, Pantone.
8. Chili Pepper (2007)
A deeper red, for the coziest of living rooms.
7. Serenity (2016)
6. Blue Turquoise (2005)
For when you can't decide between blue or green.
5. Turquoise (2010)
How is this any different from "blue turquoise" ...?
4. Greenery (2017)
Best paired with eco-friendly lighting fixtures.
3. Cerulean (2000)
The name of the Crayola crayon you never knew how to pronounce as a kid.
2. Rose Quartz (2016)
A grown-up pink.
1. Aqua Sky (2003)
Like turquoise, but better.
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