The Emerald Isles Inspire Pantone’s Color of the Year

The Color Marketing Group, an international association of color design professionals, sets the color palettes for products months in advance of the current season.

This year, emerald green is the “hot color” for everything from fashion to home furnishings.  Pantone has picked this color up as Color of the Year for 2013.

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Emerald – Pantone Color of the Year 2013

If you enjoy incorporating the latest fashion trends in your home, your home can become dated in less than a year. The best practice is to provide a neutral “base” of furnishings and add accessories that can be changed with the season. For example, you can add pillows, lamps and accessories with the colors and patterns that provide a fresh punch of color to your calm interior.

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You can change the look of your interior for less than $1,000, when you begin with a well designed space plan and timeless furnishings that are durable and built with quality features like 8-way hand-tied springs, spring-down cushions and high quality fabrics.

One of the biggest mistakes I see Do-It-Yourself home enthusiasts make is purchasing furnishings that are inexpensive and may be upholstered with fabrics that aren’t meant for daily use by busy families with kids and pets.

Fabrics from “To The Trade” vendors (sold through interior designers) like Vanguard often include the “double rubs” (which is the equivalent of how many times someone sits on a sofa) to indicate whether the fabric is appropriate for the intended use. If a sofa is upholstered
with a light-use fabric, it is possible that the fabric can degrade well before you are ready to invest in reupholstering or purchasing a new one.

It is always a good idea to invest in quality construction because it will look better longer. A downside of inferior construction is that the cushioning can “bottom out” (get packed down) and lose its feeling of comfort. Then you can set aside a modest budget to freshen up the
palette with fashion-forward color bursts that give your interior a new look.

If you’re not fond of emerald green, but want a fresh option for your home, here are a few more shades of green that you might just love.
green fabricsIf you need help choosing the right furnishings for your home, or accessorizing with the new colors of 2013, contact me by March 17th to schedule a Luck ‘o the Irish color consultation.