Pantone’s color of the year for 2013 is emerald green. Pantone’s website says, “the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious… It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity.”
Those are all certainly things we’d like to see in the upcoming year!
I’ve pulled together a few images of items featuring this lush, bold color – as with 2012’s Tangerine Tango, it doesn’t take much to make an impact! Picture this color painted on the walls of a powder room, however, and you’ll see that it really can give a sophisticated feeling in larger doses as well. The images below plus several that aren’t shown, are all pulled from our Pinterest board. The other Spring 2013 forecast colors are displayed there as well.
I love emerald green in a soft texture like velvet. It just feels so luxurious, visually as well as tangibly. Satin-finish textiles or items with a slight shimmer would give the same type of effect.
This bathroom features emerald green, sky blue, and a golden yellow. Each surface has its own pattern, texture, or material, with everything tied together by color. This is a lovely example of pattern mixing and making an impact with a specific color palette.
You could also consider shiny emerald – this calls to mind gemstones, flashy and brilliant. Mixed with metals, it’s a bold statement-making color.
This dresser was painted, glazed, waxed, and finished off with tassels. Inspired by a Kelly Wearstler piece, it’s had quite the transformation from a cast-off piece of furniture to focal point in the living room! It bridges the contemporary style of the graphic black and white accents and the classic style of the chair and it’s own design.
Here’s emerald green used in a trendy pattern on a rug. This would work well in many rooms, from a living room to your kid’s room or wherever you want a bit of this green without a huge commitment. It doesn’t get much easier than switching out a rug, after all.
I just recently heard about Habitat Horticulture, a San Francisco-based company that specializes in living walls and similar items. This is an example of their new Living Tables, with live succulents housed under glass for a unique and gorgeous accent table. Green is a color that is beyond abundant in nature, so if emerald is too strong to integrate into your typical decor through paint or furniture, it may be easier to bring it in through plants and natural elements.
Emerald green is a color that work across every style. It can lend a sense of energy to rooms that need it, be used as an accent color to tie thing together, or provide a luxurious touch in a space. I look forward to seeing more of it this year!