January 6, 2013

For 2013, green cleans up

Looking for luxe in all the wrong places? Trend spotters suggest taking your interiors on a trip to emerald city.

By DEBBIE ARRINGTON McClatchy Newspapers

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As a counter to Pantone's Emerald, some paint manufacturers have introduced their own 2013 Color of the Year. Glidden Paint, for example, named Indigo Night -- a deep blue-toned purple -- as its 2013 top pick.

Kelly-Moore tabbed five colors for 2013: Polenta (light yellow), Knapped Flint (dark gray), Cascade Blue, Spring Meadow (a medium green) and Blossom Park (similar to Pantone's Honeysuckle pink, the 2011 Color of the Year).

"Yellow is not going away at all," said Kelly-Moore's Lawlor. "It's a color of optimism, and it feels so good with scrubbed white. But now, yellow is softer and fresher."

Dark grays such as Slate (in new appliances, tile and flooring) have become a popular neutral, even in kitchens. Those not-quite-blacks go great with granite and stainless steel.

"All that granite -- it's not going away either," Lawlor noted. "You need to work with it."

Dark purple can be dramatic, too. Sacramento's Kelly used a the hue for a knockout dining room accented by an emerald green lacquered sideboard. "The combination creates a stunning space," Kelly said.

Reynolds suggested using emerald in unexpected places. "It's a wonderful accent color," she said. "I love it inside cabinets. In an all-white kitchen, you open the cabinets and get a shot of this great emerald. It's super unexpected."

This jewel-box color may be just the start of a glittery new age, extending into 2014 and beyond. 


Trend forecaster Pantone Color Institute annually sets a palette for fashion and home decor, pulling from current trends, tastes and national mood. From those color swatches, Pantone names one tone as its Color of the Year.

Since picking sky-blue Cerulean in 2000 as its "Color of the Millennium," Pantone has stuck with blue tones, choosing five different blues in 14 years (including two shades of turquoise). A lot of trend watchers thought another blue -- deep ocean Monaco Blue -- would be the choice for 2013, but Pantone went for deep green Emerald instead.

Over the years, some colors -- such as red-hot Chili Pepper -- have had more staying power than others, sticking around from several seasons. But others -- such as dusky Sand Dollar -- seem like a ripple on the beach, quickly fading from memory.

Here are recent Pantone's Colors of the Year:

2013: Emerald

2012: Tangerine Tango

2011: Honeysuckle (bright pink)

2010: Turquoise

2009: Mimosa (yellow)

2008: Blue Iris

2007: Chili Pepper (red)

2006: Sand Dollar (soft beige pink)

2005: Blue Turquoise

2004: Tigerlily (red orange)

2003: Aqua Sky

2002: True Red

2001: Fuchsia Rose

2000: Cerulean


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