Follow the yellow brick road and fall for emerald



Pantone colours used to feature in the language of graphic designers and printers, but weren’t really part of the vocabulary for most of us. Nowadays, though, Pantone’s shades are part of our interior lexicon, while its products add beautiful block colour to many a design-conscious pad. But it’s not only the chic buys that influence how our homes look. Pantone’s colour forecasters predict that emerald will be a hot colour this year and we’re ready to follow the yellow brick road and embrace it with gusto.

Here it is above looking rather lovely teamed with grey in a room scheme featuring Sophie Conran for Arthouse Lazy Days Lindon wallpaper.



Today’s fascinating fact for you: the human eye can distinguish more shades of green than any other colour, so take advantage of your amazing abilities by checking out emerald – once again looking radiant – in this Amoura velvet upholstery, part of the Impasto collection from Harlequin.

The colour of the year reflects the world as it is now. The influences can include everything from films in production, travelling art collections, popular travel destinations, technology, new effects with an impact on colour, and even upcoming sports events that will gain worldwide attention. (We think after 2012’s Olympics that’s a challenge equivalent to asking Mo Farah and Usain Bolt to swap distances and still win gold, but never mind.)

More importantly for design-lovers is that the colour chosen by Pantone will be reflected in the beautiful things available for our homes, as well as in fashion and beauty, throughout 2013.

We’re big fans of emerald, which is – we must admit – a whole lot easier to work with than the reddish orange Tangerine Tango, last year’s colour of the year. We’re also all for emerald’s benefits: anything that ‘enhances our sense of well-being by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony’, as Pantone puts it, this is fine by us – plus it looks nice teamed with gold in a ring, which you certainly couldn’t say about 2012’s offering.



Returning to interiors, Pantone’s suggestion is to use emerald to pep up your walls in paint, or add it as an accent or in accessories – which pretty much covers everything. However, it’s nonetheless good advice and emerald looks great as a pop of colour against a neutral backdrop as on this Bigger Boat cushion from Mengsel.



Try it to create a luxurious feature wall, or to bring new life to a space – this appealing bathroom using paints from Farrow & Ball and wears it well.

Evoking luxury, but also nature and growth, emerald pulls off a clever trick in interiors, so we’re looking forward to using it – and of course to a balanced, harmonious and green 2013 for all of us.

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Sarah Warwick, Guest Editor

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