Pantone Announces 2013 Color of the Year: 17-5641 Emerald

In a 180-degree turn from 2012’s spunky Tangerine Tango, the Pantone Color Institute introduced Emerald as its color of 2013 “to promote balance and harmony.” Citing gemstones, the environment, and the association of green with regrowth, the Institute is touting it as the perfect hue for design, fashion, and beauty. Tangerine reigned supreme this past year and we expect to see a burst of green hit the design scene.  

Color swatch by Pantone
A color swatch and color chip of Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year. Image courtesy of Jessica Antola.

Here at Dwell, we have long been fans of this jewel-toned color. However, instead of painting an accent wall or two to insinuate the outdoors, we recommend a living wall, like this stunning one designed by botanist Patrick Blanc.

Living wall in a living room in Paris
Blanc took the term "living room" to a different level with this striking 20-by-23-foot interior wall for the Dimanche family's home in Paris. Image courtesy of Jessica Antola.
An aerial view of the living room's living wall.
The wall features about 150 tropical, low-light species that are arranged from green, textural plants at the bottom, to flowers and trees creating a canopy over the room. Image courtesy of Jessica Antola.
The sun room with plants and objets d'art.
This sun room also features a lush assemblage of tropical plants. The Dimanche's were eager to incorporate nature into every room of their urban residence. Image courtesy of Jessica Antola.

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