Thursday, December 06, 2012

I asked for it! Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year



Last year when Pantone announced it's 2012 Color of the Year was Tangerine Tango I came across the above image of theirs which listed the last dozen Colors of the Year and I got to wondering if there was a discernible pattern in their selections, so I re-sorted by color family:


And realized that my favorite color, green, was not represented. I did a post here where I wondered how one of the most popular colors could be so overlooked. And I put together a few images making my case for the 2013 selection of green as the color of the year and included Tobi Fairley's Living Room, several gorgeous Veranda covers and my own kitchen.


And lo and behold, the 2013 color of the year is simply: Emerald

Says Pantone:

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.”

So, while this shade of green really isn't my favorite, I tend to prefer more muted yellow/greens to blue/greens (though an emerald wouldn't go overlooked should one come my way!) I am thrilled to have my favorite color family receive the recognition it deserves. I'd also like to send a shout-out to Steve Fuller of An Urban Cottage blog for his calling it early in this comment on last year's post:


We are Steve, we are!



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