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Pantone names Emerald Color of the Year 2013 (Photos)

The Pantone Color Institute® has named Emerald its Color of the Year for 2013. This lush hue serves as a foil for last year’s dramatic, modern color Tangerine Tango.

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Once associated with gleaming gemstones, Emerald was long ago considered passé in serious decorating circles. Uncomfortable memories still linger of 1970’s décor bedecked in emerald green, garnet red and amber yellow.

Yet here is Emerald again.

“Everything goes in cycles,” says Eva Hines, Dallas-based interior decorator and owner, Decorating Den Interiors.

Taking a step back from a perceived direction toward more striking, contemporary hues, Pantone turned toward a color derived from nature.

“Emerald is the color of growth and renewal. Like nature it’s all about reusing and repurposing. It’s dominant in nature and ties into the ‘Go Green’ movement.”

As such, Emerald takes a refreshing turn. Rather than forcing itself into a traditional color palette, it offers countless options for creative home decorating.

Hines notes Emerald will first appear in accent pillows, small appliances, occasional chairs and as an accent color in area rugs. Home decorators and designers can also expect to see products from manufacturers illustrating slight variations of the hue, with some green tones leaning toward blue and others toward yellow.

“Color and creativity are not an exact science,” says Hines. “We’ll see different shades of dark green.”

Emerald will be paired creatively also. “I think it will work well with yellow and blue, and with aubergine and other deep purples,” says Hines.

At this week’s Total Home & Gift Market at the Dallas Market Center, wholesale manufacturers are already showing lamps, rugs, wall décor and accent pillows in the rich hue. In a matter of weeks, if not days, Emerald décor will be on retail shelves.

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