Pantone Announces Emerald Green as 2013's Color of the Year

Real Style on 12.07.12
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Each year, Pantone, the leading authority on color, announces their Color of the Year, and this week it was announced that they have chosen Emerald as their color of choice for 2013. While you might not think their declaration will have much of an effect on you, that's likely not true. From home accessories and furniture to clothing and jewelry, you will begin to see this color everywhere you look. Green is the color most associated with nature and growth, and so if the Color of the Year is a sign of things to come in 2013, it's a color I'll be happy to welcome into my world on a more regular basis.

"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. 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."

But what are some easy ways to bring the color Emerald into your life without letting the trend take over your life? The holiday season is a great time to look for Emerald colored tops and faux Emerald jewels, and everyone will think you're really ahead of the color curve. Consider swapping out your throw pillows for some that are dark green velvet (if that will match the rest of your decor). A terrarium is an easy way to bring dark green hues and a little life into your living space and it suits any style home. And if you really love Emerald, don't hesitate to paint a room with it for a really rich and stunning space.

Even if green is not "your color" I encourage you to find a way to welcome it into your world in 2013, and hopefully the growth and prosperity that it conveys will translate to your life as a whole as well.

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