2013 Colors of the Year

It’s that time of year again – color forecasts for next year! (You thought I was going to say cookie making time, right?).

As we bid this past year goodbye with festivities and family, we also look forward to a new year with new colors. Who needs a New Year’s resolution when you can have a new color? With so many institutions issuing forecasts let’s look at a few and see what the possibilities are and where the experts in color prediction think we are going with color next year.

The biggest and most influential color institution is Pantone, the renowned authority of color systems and standards worldwide.

The influence of Pantone’s fashion forecast is always felt in every aspect of our lives beginning with fashion and filtering through to home décor and design. They have declared Emerald the 2013 Color of the Year, which is described as “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

 {See  my past blog post on emerald green , I’m so ahead of the curve!}

{See my past blog post on emerald green, I’m so ahead of the curve!}

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says the 2013 pallete is all about a sense of balance. We seek balance in all areas of our life and color choices are no exception.

In looking at the full palette for 2013, Tangerine Tango of last year has mellowed into Nectarine, a warm coral color. The fun colors are Poppy Red, Lemon Zest and another green, Tender Shoots. The colors are exuberant and fun as well, with greens and blues dominating. The anchor of the Pantone pallet is Monaco Blue, calming and deep.

So Pantone is balancing calm, cool colors for next year.

Benjamin Moore’s 2013 Color of the Year is Lemon Sorbet, a perfect transitional color for the mid-tones and saturated colors you may already have in your home and the softer, lighter pastels that you'll find to emerge in 2013.

 {Benjamin Moore Lemon Sorbet #2019-60}

{Benjamin Moore Lemon Sorbet #2019-60}

Sherwin-Williams’ Color of the Year for 2013 is Aloe – a “pastel with moxie.” The pallet with Aloe is called Vintage Moxie and whether you go all out and splash it on your walls or use it as an accent it brings a cool, relaxed feel. This selection is probably my least favorite color. Used correctly it would sing, but pastels aren’t my favorite. Then again, I would like this paired with navy blue and gray in a room.

 {Sherwin Williams Aloe #6464.}

{Sherwin Williams Aloe #6464.}

Ultimately color is about self-expression so use these forecasts as guidelines to pick what you love and want to express. Here are a few ways to use these colors in your home:

 {Lemon Sorbet walls balance eclectic decor, evoking a warm and inviting ambiance in this living room. From:  Benjamin Moore .}

{Lemon Sorbet walls balance eclectic decor, evoking a warm and inviting ambiance in this living room. From: Benjamin Moore.}

 {A statement piece, like this Emerald upholstered sofa, is one way to elevate your space and add a pop of color in an unexpected way. From:  Vintage Industrial Style .} 

{A statement piece, like this Emerald upholstered sofa, is one way to elevate your space and add a pop of color in an unexpected way. From: Vintage Industrial Style.} 

 {Say bye-bye to boring trim paint and hello to aloe. For a home with character - farmhouses, victorians or cape cods - don't be afraid to explore the colorful possibilities! From: HerSite.}

{Say bye-bye to boring trim paint and hello to aloe. For a home with character - farmhouses, victorians or cape cods - don't be afraid to explore the colorful possibilities! From: HerSite.}

As this year draws to a close and we celebrate with friends and family, think of the new exciting year and all of its color possibilities. As always, the palettes are endless. Would you use any of these colors in your home? Are you already using them? How would you use them and what would you or do you pair them with. I’d love your thoughts!

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