I’ve long been jealous of folks with May birthdays, simply because the emerald is their birthstone. Not that my own, the diamond, is a shabby alternative of course, but the truth is I’m a gal compelled by vivid color. So, when I heard the news that Pantone’s designated hue for 2013 is emerald green, I was excited I would see more of this regal, saturated shade suggestive of prosperity in my everyday life.
It makes me think of shiny gowns pressed against fair, dewy décolletage; oversized brooches from Grandma’s jewelry box; games of mini golf on Asto Turf; strands of plastic grass spilling out of Easter baskets; and of course the fantasy world of the Great Wizard of Oz.
As much as I relish emerald green, however, I have to confess I don’t think I’ve seen much of it in the hospitality sphere. When I interview designers, I constantly hear about earth-toned palettes and pops of orange, but this color is one I don’t normally see hotels and restaurants embracing. It will be interesting to see how designers respond to (or ignore) this purported trend. I personally would love to sink into a vibrant green banquette or sleep on jewel-inspired sheets.
Wallcoverings. Rugs. Bedding. Where do you think we’re most likely to encounter emerald green in the new year?