Design With Pantone’s Emerald Color Of The Year


The Green Light to a Bright Shade

By Sophia Vassiliou –

The color company, Pantone, has selected emerald as The Color of the Year for 2013.

It has been described as “lively, radiant, and lush . . . a color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®, says, “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. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

Choosing The Color of the Year is a very involved process.  Pantone combs the world looking for color influences including art collections, the film and entertainment industry, travel destinations, new textures, technology, science and other socio-economic conditions. The 2012 Color of the Year was Tangerine Tango – a spirited, reddish orange to provide the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward. This year’s choice, emerald, is “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,” Eiseman said.

Green is a neutral color, actually.  Although Emerald is bold, it is quite versatile.  It can be preppy and traditional, as well as funky and edgy.  Greens compliment other colors in an interesting way and is a great color to work with. You will see this color and its softer versions like aqua, forest green and green yellow in fashion apparel, beauty products, accessories and home décor.