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Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year is…


I’m surprised?! Not sure exactly how to feel about this shade just yet, especially since it’s polar opposite of last year’s color: Tangerine Tango! I have yet to see this hue decked out in a home so far this year, come to think of it… at all really. It kind of reminds me of a funky portion of the 90’s?(dark green carpets come to mind… was that in the ’90’s?)

I do, however, think that different shades of emerald, and of course used in fashion or as accent pieces or decor accent walls- I’m sure can be pulled off no problem. For the full press release- Click Here.

I wasn’t feelin’ Pantone’s press photos on the color, so instead opted for the can’t-go-wrong Elle Decor’s take on the new trend;

Elle Decor's Take on Emerald

Elle Decor’s Take on Emerald | Source: Elle Decor

Subtle pieces thrown into the mix above create life and interest in the room.

Elle Decor notes: “Pantone named Emerald the Color of the Year for 2013, but we’re seeing all shades of greens and expect more in the future… from bright spring greens to olives, and especially lots of different blue-greens and teal.”

A Light Take on use of the Hue

A Light Take on use of the Hue | Source; Elle Decor

I personally love the accent lamp, chair pillow & artwork above in contrast to the simplicity and overall bareness of this room.

A Darker Take on Emerald use.

A Darker Take on Emerald use | Source; Elle Decor

In this photo above, I’m not sure if this is just an accent wall or the whole room is this color, hopefully it’s just an accent otherwise I think it may be excessive darkness?

Thoughts? I think the hue may add a nice refreshing mix up to today’s decor… in an innovating-like way :-).

And in case you were wondering ‘who’ or ‘what’ Pantone is: “Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.” –

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