Design Inspiration: Emerald Chosen as Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year

Pantone announced recently that Emerald is the 2013 Color of the Year. Not familiar with Pantone’s annual color trend analysis? Well, much goes into it. According to the organization, “The 2012 Color of the Year, PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, a spirited, reddish orange, provided the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward. Emerald, a vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony."

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, explained why Emerald will reign as the color of choice in 2013. "Green is the most abundant hue in nature - the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum. As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world."

For home décor, Pantone suggests rejuvenating interiors with Emerald paint, accents and accessories. “It can create a luxurious feel in an entryway, powder room, dining room or study, and bring life to a living room as an accent wall. Add a splash of color to the kitchen and dining room areas with Emerald dinnerware, stemware and appliances."

Green conjures up feelings of newness and revival. The months of March and April are for new beginnings and spring is in the air. So get out the paintbrush and liven up your home with Emerald green!

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