I am SO excited for Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year! Each year they poll designers from all around the world to see what colors they are already working with. From all that data, a select few from Pantone meet and debate the top choices and choose one based on the spirit- the zeitgeist- of each year. So with that being said, I introduce to you…
Emerald Green! According to Pantone, “it’s a color of growth, renewal, healing, unity, regeneration—words we’re all so in need of at this point in history”. I totally agree, but to me, there’s also a richness and boldness to Emerald Green which makes it so much more luxe and celebratory than it’s paler counterparts. So with all of that in mind, I thought the perfect colors to pair Emerald Green with (especially at this time of the year) is gold and white.
Because Emerald Green is a very strong color, we'd suggested that it should be more of an accent color than the primary color. I mean look at those gorgeous tablescapes- it definitely would be overkill if you have a giant emerald green tablecloth under it. As you can see from that link, you barely notice the gold chargers and the other details because they’re basically swimming in green satin. So, instead use it in a more natural, balanced way. Make sure the filler in your centerpieces are deep green so that white can pop (using green will also save you money on flowers) and include it in the small details like the cake server in the upper left corner. Also, if you can, go for the gold stemware and glassware- it makes such a difference, especially against the green. Then create warm, lush lighting by using vintage mercury glass votives.
For fashion, jewelry is obviously the way to go with Emerald Green. Especially for us redheads, how nice would that emerald hair pin look? Also, even though I couldn’t find the maker of that gorgeous bridesmaid’s dress, I found another dress on Dessy which is equally beautiful with its lace detail (if you click on the link, choose the hunter green color- it’s actually an emerald green).
Let's embrace 2013’s Official Color of the Year—and hopefully we’ll see some of you Emerald Green brides next year!