Emerald city… Pantone’s 2013 color of the year

Design geeks like myself eagerly await the early-December announcement of Pantone’s color of the year. Pantone, a global authority on color across multiple design industries, unveiled its 2013 Color of the Year17-5641, better known as Emerald.

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According to Pantone, the punchy color was chosen because it is “Lively. Radiant. Lush …  A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

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Each year, Pantone methodically selects its honorary Color of the Year. Pantone, a color shepherd, so to speak, scours the world studying color influences from trends in film to current socio-economic conditions.

After Pantone settles on its elected annual hue, its decision, in turn, affects product development across design.

Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear collections have already been graced by the jewel tone’s presence from Vivienne Tam’s translucent geometric prints to Michael Kors’ rugby stripes to Zac Posen’s timeless gowns.

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Emerald is  “lively, radiant, and lush. A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our  sense of well-being, balance, and harmony”, according to Pantone.

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Yes, it is not easy being green, but pairing the energetic color as a complement with black and white or using it as a an accent for a pop of color can breathe new life into a space. Do not fear the green!

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EMERALD – HOW TO USE IT

Because Emerald can easily overwhelm a space creating something right out of the Emerald Isle (and not in a good way), allow your usage of this powerful shade to be purposeful in the home:

  • Paint one accent wall
  • Wallpaper one wall in an Emerald print like toile or geometric shapes
  • Add a lamp with a patterned drum
  • Repaint a dresser or nightstand
  • Incorporate the color through artwork
  • Cook and clean in style with Emerald appliances

merald is a serene color… you can use as an accent wall color :

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It also works very well with neutrals:

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If you desire a little less in-your-face green, opt for Emerald dinnerware, throw pillows or bath linens, which still incorporate the luscious color without being overly intrusive in the home.

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