Pantone Color of the Year 2013: Emerald

Happy Friday friends!  Aside from the arrival of the Holidays, December is an exciting time of year in the design world because it’s always when the Pantone Color of the Year is announced.  Each year the highly-anticipated hue sets the mark on how future trends and styles will be created across the board in fashion, interiors, print, and web.  Just announced yesterday, the Color of the Year for 2013 is the “lively, radiant, and lush” Emerald 17-5641.

O MY WORD – I am thrilled!  Greens are an absolute favorite color of mine and looking at the past year and how green has played a strong roll throughout the design industry, it truly makes complete sense.  It’s going to be amazing to watch how it’ll affect the year to come. Just look at the years past…

Varying hues of tangerine, coral, fuschia, and pinks have widely been seen all around us over the past few years, and that influence has clearly developed from the selected Pantone colors.

The 2012 color of the year, PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, provided the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward. Emerald, a vivid verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight as well as promoting balance and harmony.

Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.

Let’s have a peak at some inspirational multi-faceted effects of Emerald…

Images L to R via: Pantone / Pinterest / Three Pink Dots / Matthew Williams via Living Etc / Pinterest

Personally, I think green is an easier color for people to introduce into their homes, clothes, etc.  It’s on the opposite side of the color wheel from pink and orange, so it’s nice that a darker, deeper hue was chosen.  Green can be sophisticated, yet serene and soothing.

Inspiration via Viva Full House

The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.

Images L to R via: Vanessa De Vargas / Pinterest / Pinterest / Mimi + Meg

Emerald in interiors

Enhance your sense of well-being at home by rejuvenating the interior with Emerald paint, accents and accessories. This jewel-like hue will create a luxurious feel in an entryway, powder room, dining room or study, and bring life to a living room as an accent wall. Add a splash of color to the kitchen and dining room areas with Emerald dinnerware, stemware and appliances.

Enliven your home with Pantone bedding, pillows, bath towels and accessories in Emerald available exclusively at jcpenney stores and on beginning Feb. 1, 2013.

“As we re-energize our home department next spring, we are excited to partner with the leading authority on color to introduce the first-ever line of Pantone bedding and bath products,” said Paul Rutenis, jcpenney general merchandise manager for home. “The cheerful array of on-trend pieces will make it easy for customers to infuse the perfect color into any home décor.”

Inspiration via Martha Stewart

Inspiration via La Belle Vie

Images L to R via: Decor Pad / Pinterest / Decor Pad / Pantone

Inspiration via Decor Pad

Interior created by Kelly Wearstler

Inspiration via Decor Pad

I just can’t get enough!  Are you a fan of Emerald and/or shades of green?

Let’s see where 2013 takes us…

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