Greens – – – Pantone and Beyond

If you had a chance to listen to Laurice Eisman’s thoughts on Pantone’s 2013 Color predictions in yesterday’s article on Pantone’s Spring 2013 Color Report you may have noted that the trend setters at Pantone are placing allot of emphasis on Greens in the year to come. In order to get the result that you envision from those three distinctive greens, bare with me and watch this demonstration on the beyond-grammar-school version of how some this array of dazzling greens are achieved…

I want to reveal the genius of the three greens in the Spring Report and why they will work even better at home than in your wardrobe, where they may less predictable hit their mark.

But first, understanding the foundations for shades of color is instrumental in coaxing that color into performing optimally in your design plan – think of it like a recipe. The percentage of the ingredients list has everything to do with the outcome. Precisely the same can be said of color.

Burn this image into your brain and keep it in mind for all the images to follow – it’s not as painful as it sounds…..

Some close facsimiles of Pantone’s Tender Shoots, Greyed Jade and Emerald Green, with a neutral black and white for stability in Sherwin Williams paint colors

Like Monaco blue, which Pantone’s Eisman describes as their collections “anchor” many of the greens find their roots in French design, setting the stage for both the separate and combined use of these sparkling spring greens.

Yes – more History!

Rococo style, whose named is derived from the French “rocaille” (translates to “rock and shell garden ornamentation”), was an eighteenth century movement in art that began in France and may have represented the first true initiative to invite the outdoors in to interior design.

image via Rococo Revisited

In 1699, the French king, Louis XIV who called for more youthful art to be produced by the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture and other artists commissioned to works on the palace at Versailles.

The Rococo movement began an artistic controversy that debated the importance of drawing, versus the importance of color. The Poussinistes (after Nicolas Poussin) believed that drawing was more important, and the Rubenistes (after Peter Paul Rubens) maintained that color superseded drawing in relative importance. The bright colors, exquisite detail, and ornamentation of the Rococo style appealed to the wealthy and powerful of France and beyond who delighted in the privilege of inviting garden settings indoors.

A Pinterest image showing the strong natural relationship between colors that mirror the Pantone shades Monaco Blue, emerald, greyed jade and tender shoots.

And so, that “rock and shell garden ornamentation” influence manifest in the first real movement to channel organic, outdoor color into interior design with all those greens in in the form of today’s Pantone greyed green, emerald and tender shoots sap greens set the stage for playing up all those Rococo whimsical pinks…

rococo period and style painting via Rococo Revisted

Rococo furnishings were typically heavy, ornate and gilded, but their influence can still be felt in for of tufting and later Enlish adaptations to the legs in today’s furnishing, albeit paired down and updated with the addition of chalkier color…

Click Here to see Zentique’s Sofa

Zentique sofa from Layla Grace in a Grayed-jade shade

Click to check out the RSB wall sconce in grayed jade

SB Rachel wall sconce from Layla Grace with updated texture, shape, recycled glass – not to mention electricity – in a grayed jade tone fit for 2012

Look at the shapes of the conspicuously ornate detail and see if you notice

The kiss of Rococo style still lingers on some of today’s most sought after architectural detailing as well.

grayed jade comes around again – image via rococo revisited

The French influence on Trcia Guild’s Bedroom Collection – Bedroom image from Designers Guild

While these three shades are the newest update of old, they are no less wrapped in the embrace of modern style, because great color combos never stop working….

An eclectic livingroom featuring Spring 3 greens – image via House to Home UK

Rococo and Bohemian style still marry today, united again in color reincarnated for 2012.

click here to check out the mirror on One Kings Lane

A baroque wall mirror in the tender shoots tradition – image from One Kings Lane

It’s more than period that unites these greens – recall the video (up-top) on the mixing of greens – the green/brown relationships co-exist below with the green/black mixtures. More sophisticated earth-tone color mixes play a foundational role in the success of interior mixes of these three greens….

A Mod-vintage livingroom featuring our trio of greens – image via House to Home UK

More green black and green brown combos that evoke the color report greens

the color mixtures of the video again mirror the Pantone greens for spring

The shared color DNA that occurs from mixes that stretch the boundaries of simple yellow and blue derivations creates a color synergy that transcends style. If you took the geometric Jonathan Adler black/green and brown/green pillow that mimics the color palette at the top of this article and cut it out, you would find that it somehow works in the three room images above, and the one below the pillow image….

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Jonathon Aldler Bargello Pillow – image via Layla Grace


image via House To Home UK

Soothing Spring Greens – the sign says it all – image via House to Home UK

So if you enjoy the fresh take that is the culmination of bring those outside colors in, these three genius greens are your tools for creating magazine worthy interiors that unite and define color and style throughout your home or apartment – no green thumb necessary!

I just couldn’t help myself….check out Eat Color for more on these fabulous greens!