For years Pantone has released its Color Of The Year and this one is intense, bold, refreshing, elegant and makes me long for springtime and vacations. This year it’s BYE BYE to 2012’s Tangerine Tango and HELLO to 2013’s Emerald Green.
When I hear the word Emerald I mentally gravitate towards the Emerald Isle – Ireland. A few years back my husband and I had the pleasure of vacationing in Southern Ireland and absolutely fell in love with the people, character, charm and natural beauty of this tiny gem. And green it is: every shade and hue possible exists in the rolling hills, seaweed-covered boulders, village gardens and heather fields.
Understanding color theory and how it affects us emotionally and physically is an important part of both fashion and design. I remember eons ago when I had my first color analysis done to determine if I was a spring, summer, autumn or winter (this is where my hubs rolls his eyes because “clothes are clothes” and what the heck does that have to do with seasons). While it is true that certain colors look better on some than others due to how color plays against skin tone, eye color, hair color, etc. sometimes you just have to set aside the “rules” and go with what you like (I think that totally applies to personal decor as well). Through the years I’ve had three color consultations done to determine what palette I look best in and all three were different so while I probably am breaking some hard and fast fashion rules, I just wear what I feel good in.
Having said that, some of my favorite colors to wear include rich jewel tones like Emerald Green so I am shouting a happy “Hallelujah”. In fact I’m such a green fan that not only was it the accent color for my wedding and is interspersed throughout my wardrobe but it is showcased in many areas of my home(s) even unintentionally. For instance…we own a vacation rental property in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The carpet is a bit dated but isn’t worn out enough to justify replacing. Now, thanks to Pantone’s color declaration, we are back in vogue. Actually, the Emerald Green carpet plays beautifully alongside all of the golden pine interior and rock fireplace. Plus it’s a wonderful mirror to the peaceful nature just outside the windows.
Ok back to Pantone and the color of the year:
“Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “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. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”
The Color of the Year selection is a very thoughtful process. To arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention. (Source http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/pantone.aspx?pg=21056&ca=10).
Right now the internet is overflowing with information on Pantone’s Emerald Green color. There is an abundance of web / blog sites on the subject with beautiful, inspiring photos. Here are just a few examples – from full-blown intensity to small thoughtful pops of rich color – as well as some favorite accent pieces (all photos linked to original sources):
And finally for all you fashionistas, here is a great blog by Citizens Of Beauty on an Emerald eye tutorial. Oh, and the beautiful model is my daughter-in-law, ReBecca Pickrel.