Every December Pantone announces their forecast for the following year and this year Pantone 17-5641 Emerald has been chosen and is described as ‘a lively, radiant, lush, vivid, verdant green’ which ‘enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony’.
The brand said: ‘Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious.
‘Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.’
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said: ‘Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum.
‘As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.’
Emerald featured in Pantone’s last Colour Report, and was also incorporated into the Spring/Summer 2013 collections of many designers, and has also recently been spotted on Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.
To arrive at their selection for Colour Of The Year, Pantone ‘combs the world looking for color influences’. This can include the films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations, technology, new textures and sports events.
Past Pantone colours can be seen below.