Yes, Gentle Readers, the rumors are true. Emerald, aka 17-5641, is Pantone’s color of the year for 2013. Hooray!
I’m going to be honest. Emerald green as “emerald green”, emerald as I think of it, a true jewel tone, green with a little blue in it, really saturated, really deep…
It’s not my fave.
Greens of late have been yellower, mossier, kiwi-er. You know…hipper.
“Emerald” is, well, I’m just going to say it: ’80s. It looks ’80s, ok? Sue me.
And then I keep thinking of Elizabeth Taylor. Even though I know she’s all “Diamonds” and all.
But those Pantone pictures seem to be sorta liberal in their interpretation of “emerald.”
Just to show you what a team player I am (there’s no “I” in team, no “I” in imerald, I mean, emerald), I did, in fact, finish my powder room over the holidays. Yep, FINISHED it. Strong word, I know. But that sucker is GREEN. Maybe not totally blue-y emerald green, but it’s GREEN.
When we last discussed my powder room, it was a heckuva lot better than it had been. (I’ll say it again: a full bathroom off a dining room? EEEEWW.)
But it was painfully obvious that despite our removal of the shower, gutting of the floor, and replacement of the window and fixtures, the room wasn’t done. It needed green trim (not white), a window treatment, and artwork.
Check, check, and check.
The awesome painting over the towel bar is by Elizabeth Brown, aka Dragon’s Appetite on Etsy. What can I say? She’s a favorite of mine. She’s all over my living room, too.
An 8-year old friend of my daughters’, Lizey, was at our house a few weeks ago. She went into the powder room, and when she came out, she whispered into Ruthie’s ear, “Your bathroom is fancy!”
That’s the look I was going for, bub. Glad you like it.
Quoted in publications from The New York Times to The Washington Post to Real Simple magazine, Annie Elliott is considered an expert in color, residential space planning, and telling people what to do in the nicest way possible. Her interior design firm, bossy color, has been serving residents in the greater Washington, D.C. area since 2004.