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Emerald green: Pantone’s Color of the Year 2013

Every year Pantone set the colour forecast with their expert knowledge of what’s on the horizon. Whether it’s fashion, stationary or interior design, this year Emerald (17-5641) has been selected as the colour of the moment. Why? Well to quote Pantone it’s “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A colour of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

Casting all but interiors aside, the jewel-like shade creates a fresh approach. There’s no better colour to redecorate with at the start of the year. For years and across cultures, it’s been a symbol of renewal and it can certainly add a whole new dimension to living space. Just a few inches of green material makes a shared space come alive.

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I’m a big fan of using curtains to create energy. They stretch for almost the entire length of a room, giving a strong burst of colour. There’s no room restriction either. You can just see how these bedroom curtains stop this neutral room from slipping into the dull.

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The bold amongst us may opt for Emerald green paint, lending an air of sophistication to our properties. To take it one step further, why not let patterns do the talking? There’s a certain vibrancy about using colour in this way which you’d struggle to find anywhere else.

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Accents of Emerald in vases, glasses and dinnerware can be a quick way to update your interior. Where a careful selection of goods was needed in the past to match up shades to the letter, there’s no need to worry about this now! This time around, all things green will do.


But if you’re a bit of a perfectionist, Pantone are releasing their first line of products next month (February 1st) in partnership with jcpenney so you can purchase as much bedding, bath products and little accessories as you like, all in the exact same shade.

I was lucky enough to visit London’s Top Drawer and Home exhibitions this month, where I spoke to Florence Cross, Account Manager of Artbrand Holdings and manner of Pantone’s exhibition stall. She explained to me how some of us may be put off from embracing Emerald in the home due to an age-old superstition surrounding dark green and bad energy. While I can find evidence of representations of baddies in the colour green (think witches and dragons for example) and of course the ‘green with envy’ link, there’s no evidence of any strong belief working today. Lately, green’s regarded as precious and rejuvenating. Even the Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted wearing it!

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But there was a definite lack of Emerald green on display at the two shows when I visited… Why? Florence believes it will take a little while to be adopted, as with other Colour of the Year picks in the past. In the meantime, we’ll become used to the idea of the shade, by working with turquoise (Color of the Year 2010 winner) and less lively shades of green. So, mix it up to your heart’s content! At this rate, adopting a trend will never be easier.


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