June 28, 2013
Color often reflects what's going on in the economy and the mood of the country. If Pantone Color Institute's color of the year in 2012, tangerine tango, gave people the boost they needed to move forward after the recession, then this year's emerald green is one that enhances people's sense of well-being with balance and harmony. Those are also words that describe great wood products, like Anderson Floors' Lincoln Plank collection of classic oak hardwood flooring.
Color of the year
Although emerald is often a hue seen as luxurious and sophisticated, it's also the color that's most abundant in nature, and can play a role in what Eiseman calls "skillfully balanced color palettes" that homeowners rely on to have long-lasting appeal.
"Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute." "[But] there will be the consumer's expectation of practicality - what colors will have staying power and can be relied upon as a steadying influence in unsteady times."
Use in home design
If there's any place where people want to feel their well-being is in harmony with their surroundings, it's in their homes. Colors like emerald green can be used to rejuvenate a room design with accents and accessories in this jewel hue. In a living room, it may be an accent wall while a dining room may be accessorized with collectibles that feature emerald as a main color.
Kitchens are a natural place to play up the connection between green in nature with a selection of herbs for cooking or plants for decoration. Emerald accents can range from a window valance to storage bins on a counter.
For interior designer Joan Hall, color is one of the essentials needed for a room makeover to succeed. Her personal favorites for accessorizing a room include textured cushions in shades that contrast with neutral walls, vintage pieces that can be paired with modern furniture for a mix of old and new and functional art such as a beautifully designed clock.
Integrating a new hue like emerald can be done in a way that's stylish as well as affordable, as Hall counsels her customers to do when they visit her home furnishings store, Eclat Bazaar and Interiors. Photo frames, decorative throws and pillows are quick additions that can bring in a new color.