Upon first glimpse of this swatch, I wasn’t exactly won over by Pantone’s pick. I don’t know Emerald green is so close to Forest Green and I’ve grown to really dislike that color. Back in the 90’s I was really into these Ralph Lauren forest green towels, but honestly, this color hasn’t been in my radar since then. Not sure it’s going to be the big hit Tangerine Tango was last year (and still is).
But hey, things could change and suddenly everyone’s wearing emerald dresses. My friend Kelly, who keeps up with fashion better than anyone I’ve ever seen wore an Emerald dress at our friend’s baby shower in OCTOBER. She’s on it! But other than that, where are you, Emerald people?
I just looked at it again. I keep thinking vintage. Great vintage color. It would be beautiful with a pale gray, cream and pink…hmmm.
So now the question is, why did Pantone choose Emerald? I did a little research and I get it now. In fact, I really like the message behind their choice. Remember, color does create a feeling. If you walk into bright yellow room, you are going to notice and react to it. Trust me. You may not think about it. Just happens. So with that in mind, what does emerald green do for you? Bling! That’s where I go. LOVE emerald jewelry. It makes me feel radiant, sophisticated.
That’s exactly the idea behind Pantone’s choice. In her press release issued December 6, 2012 Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® describes emerald as “this luminous, magnificent hue that 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.”
Well, go on with yourself, Pantone. I’m all for healing and unity. Heck, we could all use some healing. It’s been a rough few months in America.
Grab some green eyeshadow, paint a bookshelf or go out any buy some emeralds. You might just be surprised at how color does make a difference.
- Emerald green for 2013: signs in the color of the year (smartsign.com)
- Pantone Goes For the Green With Its 2013 Color of the Year (bellasugar.com)