Pantone is a household name in the interior design world and has played a significant role in dictating colour trends for the past two decades. Since 2000, Pantone has annually declared a “colour of the year”, determined by an elite group of colour experts and national representatives after days of presentations and debate. The results of this meeting are published in Pantone View, which is used by designers, florists and other consumer-oriented companies to guide their design and planning for the following year.
The colour for 2013 is PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, a “lively, radiant, lush green”, which Pantone proclaims to be a “color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”
However you feel about colour trending, the fact remains that we’re seeing emerald everywhere this season. Whether you’re desperate to stay on trend or, like me, have a long-standing love for the colour, our emerald round up will have you and your abode looking Pantone happy in no time.
From jewels to shoes, the options for us ladies are endless. Add just a hint of colour with an emerald clutch or some show stopping earrings, take it down a notch with some bright wayfarers or a casual blazer, or make a statement with a green trench or formal dress.
The emerald options for men are slightly harder to come by, but don’t fear gentlemen, you too can join the Pantone party. American Apparel is an easy first stop for basics in almost any colour, but anyone can rock a green sweater or a pair of converse. Go bold with emerald accessories or pants – we’ll be impressed, I promise.
For the Home
While I won’t suggest that it would be reasonable to totally rejig your home decor every time Pantone announces a new colour de jour, emerald does make for a pretty awesome pop of colour and looks fabulous against a neutral background. I’d recommend incorporating the vibrant green into accent pieces or picking up a can of spray paint and exercising your DIY muscles. That old wooden chair you’ve got sitting in your basement? It would look awesome in your living room with a fresh coat of high gloss emerald paint.