New! Pantone Color of the Year 2013: PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald

Pantone Color of 2013 – Emerald Green 17-5641

The Pantone color of the year is PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald! I had favored this one of the two front-runners – while Emerald Green and Monaco Blue were both rich and somber, Emerald does offer a true complementary relationship for everyone who has invested in allot of Tangerine Tango-range accents over the past couple of years.

Emerald Green and Tangerine Tango really set the stage for interior drama!

For all you who may be stopping by fr the first time, and don’t hang on every note in the color industry, this is the biggy – Pantone LLC, is owned by X-Rite and is the global authority on color. The provide the system that standardizes the professional use color of color for all of the design industries. Yesterday’s announcement of PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald will shape the tone of the color year to come across fashion, home, automotive and many other style-driven industries.

Pantone characterizes Emerald 17-5641 “a lively, radiant, lush green, as the Color of the Year for 2013.”

The variation between The 2012 Color of the Year, PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango and Emerald could not be more opposed – in fact, they are absolutely opposed on the color wheel, making the pair as noted, opposite that attract. Pantone characterized last year’s Tangerine Tango as  “a spirited, reddish orange, provided the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward”. Emerald, is characterized as “a vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.”

Pantone’s thoughts on their vision:

“Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent 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.

“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.”

Emerald for Fashion

A recent Pantone Ad – image via Pantone

“The prevalence of green has been steadily rising for several seasons, especially in the fashion and couture markets, and even on the red carpet. Appropriate for every occasion, Emerald’s classic elegance makes for striking and irresistible women’s formal and everyday wear as well as accessories. Emerald also makes a strong statement in men’s sportswear, knitwear and ties. Fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2013, including Tracy Reese, Nanette Lepore, Barbara Tfank, NAHM and Marimekko, are incorporating Emerald into their spring collections. Balanced yet sophisticated, Emerald enlivens all colors in the spectrum and will continue to make a statement beyond spring and summer into fall and winter.”

Crossing over from Closet to Home – Emerald for Interiors

Benjamin Moore Greens over time

Pantone states: “Enhance your sense of well-being at home by rejuvenating the interior with Emerald paint, accents and accessories. This jewel-like hue will 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.”
The Color of the Year selection is the culmination of the most influential minds in color. Pantone color gurus sift the influences, both visual and economic spanning the globe, disseminating the impetus driving the choices of the entertainment industry, unreleased films in production, art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and socio-economic indicators.

Colors of the Years Past:

Past colors include:

  • PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

What does all this mean to your home in the year to come?

Antique Czech Beads from the early 1800’s in colors compatible with Emerald – via LikeBeads8 Etsy Store

Whatever you like!

We’ll explore the ways and means this week to come. It’s not about the forecasters or doing what trend-setters say you should. It’s about influence – how it’s used, what makes it work, and drawing from what the experts have spoent so much time and effort narrowing into a few selections. Color is a trepidatious pursuit for more people than not – I will guide you through using the expert cues to personalize the year in color to come so that it contributes to a reflection of who you are and how you want to feel.
Putt your seat belts on, and strap in for a year of color to come!

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