Emerald: Colour of the Year

When it comes to colour trends, it appears 2013 will be all about going green, but not just any green, we’re talking emerald green.

The Pantone Colour Institute, a global authority on colour, has selected emerald as its colour of the year. Most often associated with precious gemstones- this lush, rich refreshing colour which embodies understated sophistication will most certainly be making a splash in the interior design world.

Emerald symbolises growth, renewal, prosperity and healing, according to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate.” said Eiseman. “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.”

Colour for the home often shows up first on the runways of Paris, Italy and New York before it trickles into home accessories, wall treatments, paint colours and fabrics. With the fashion industry having recently embraced the arrival of emerald, Eiseman believes that “the colour will gain further momentum as the eye gets use to it, just has orange in the past”.

The look and feel of home décor is trending toward comfort and serenity. Deep green has long symbolised prosperity and good fortune, and the elegance of emerald can bring a soothing tone to any room in the house. The jewel-like hue of the emerald creates a luxurious feel to an entryway, powder room, dining room or study, and brings life to a living room as a feature wall.

Using emerald in your home can convey a sense of both calm and opulence, adding lushness to your interior design. To transform your living room or any other room in the house you can simply paint a feature wall the beautiful emerald green and instantly get a whole new look, complimenting it with a few accents in matching or appropriate contrasting colours.

Using it as a primary tone in a room may be a bit overwhelming for some, but it makes a beautiful accent when paired with neutrals like greys and sandy earth tones. The beauty of accents is that they are easy to work with. If the emerald green fits with your room’s colour scheme, you can add emerald accents immediately with throw pillows, bowls, vases, chairs curtains and other accessories. An emerald accent can become an instant focal point in a room, rejuvenating the look of a space whilst instilling a sense of calm.

If you don’t want to buy many accessories or paint a wall you can take a fabric sample in a beautiful emerald instead and frame it. This way you’ll be able to hang it on the wall or place it on the shelf. It is a great and simple way to introduce colour into the décor without many expenses.

Emerald is a classic, historical colour that’s symbolic of richness and royalty. It’s our most abundant colour in nature and is both optimistic and comforting. This timeless selection by Pantone feels innovative, adaptive and representative of what we hope to have in store for us in 2013- growth, healing and prosperity.

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