Emerald-Pantone Color for 2013

Emerald-Pantone Color for 2013

Pantone has announced their pick for color of the year, 2013, and it is…Emerald Green.

Pantone color of the year, emerald green #17-5641

Last year they selected Tangerine Tango, a spirited, reddish orange, which provided the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward. And, as we move forward from 2012, Emerald, a vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being by  inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.

Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.

emerald stones in the “rough”

Last year I wrote a post about the color Spring Green. As I am lucky enough to live in the middle of nature, and with our rainy season off and running, I am surrounded by lush green hills and enchanting green forests.  All of which help me to feel  invigorated and hopeful. Personally, I would expand on emerald to embrace all shades of green for 2013.

Rolling hills here in Sonoma County-image via Flicker

The color green is known to represent:

  • nature
  • fertility
  • spring
  • growth & renewal
  • life
  • and here in the United States, abundance (read money).

As per Sensational Color, Green: occupies more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye than most colors, and is second only to blue as a world wide favorite. Green is the pervasive color in the natural world, making it an ideal backdrop in interior design because we are so used to seeing it everywhere.

image via Steven Gambrel, interior designer

I like using green shades in home decor because in general they:

  • soothe us
  • relax us mentally, as well as physically
  • help alleviate depression, nervousness, and anxiety
  • and, offer us a sense of renewal, self-control, and harmony

All great attributes to enhance in our homes in this crazy, fast paced world we live in, don’t you think?

Can you see yourself adding a bit of lush green to your home this year? Let me know how by leaving a comment below.

In the meantime, for some ideas and inspiration, check out the video below! 




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