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Pantone’s Color of the Year: Green is Just the Thing

2013 February 12

Emerald Color of the Year

(Images (from top right) from here, here, here, and here.)

In 2013, it’s all about the Emerald–at least, according to color authority Pantone, who has declared this vivid green hue as the Color of the Year.

Pantone describes Emerald as, “Lively. Radiant. Lush. A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being and harmony.” It’s a bit flashier than your standard green, ranging from dense shades to extravagant-feeling gem tones. It feels luxurious and lively, but not snobbish. For me, the first thing this shade of green brings to mind is Emerald City, the glitzy, richly hued capital of the Land of Oz. But the inspiration of Emerald seems to range anywhere from that majestic green to shades that have the slightest hints of blue, to stately true greens.

Picking a color to guide us through an entire year is no simple process–Pantone searches the globe for color influences, combing everything from entertainment, travel, technology, sports and more. The color then often influences a range of industries, from beauty and fashion to home decor to product packaging and graphic design. Check out our round ups from 2012’s Tangerine Tango and Honeysuckle in 2011.

This year’s pick has us hankering for all things green: Jewel tones, kelly greens, and light, airy shades of apple and lime. If you’re looking for a little color charge, here are a few of our favorite way’s to work this year’s on-trend hue into your home:

Shades of green - Emerald

Shades of Emerald: 1. FLY Suspension Lamp by Kartell 2. Roofer Drum Pendant by Fabbian 3. Square Doorbell Button by Spore 4. Cindy Table Lamp by Kartell 5. Stratus Colors Mini Pendant by Fredrick Ramond

greengreen1Shades of spring green: 1. Tube Top Colors Table Lamp by Pablo 2. Gemmy Pendant by SLAMP 3. Vegetal Chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra 4. Zinnia Tufted Pile
Rug by Thomas Paul 5. Link Task Light by Pablo

Shades of green - Apple and lime

Shades of apple and lime: 1. Infiore Pendant Lamp by Estiluz 2. Caps Pendant by ET2 3. Floral Painted Pendant by David Trubridge 4. Eames Elephant by Charles and Ray Eames by Vitra

Think green is good? Check out all of our favorite picks for the Color of the Year here.

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