paint the town emerald

Last week Pantone announced that the 2013 color of the year is Emerald.  I am always curious as to how they decide the color of the year and amazed to see how it greatly influences trends in design and fashion or is it vice versa and Pantone bases the color of the year on these things...who knows!  Emerald is a lively, lush color that is most often associated with the precious gemstone of the same name.  Seen as a sophisticated and luxurious color, emerald is thought to represent wealth, prosperity, and energy.  I couldn't be more excited about Pantone’s color of the year and to celebrate I’ve put together an inspiration board for you filled with this gorgeous color, I hope you enjoy! 

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"The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum...As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate.  Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clairity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world."  -Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute (R)

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