Pantone Colour of the Year 2013: Emerald

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Another thing we waved goodbye to at the end of last year was of course the Pantone colour of 2012 – Tangerine Tango. I eagerly waited on the edge of my seat for the big colour reveal of 2013… and well, I was a little disappointed…

On 6 December, it was announced that the Pantone Colour of the Year 2013 is… Emerald. It took both Rose and me by surprise – I expected something a little more minty and light. We couldn’t help wondering about Pantone’s selection process. Does a colour become the colour of the year because it’s trending or is the reverse true? Does it become a trend because it is the colour of the year?

Emerald, a vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.

Here is what Pantone had to say about Emerald:

“Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the colour of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the colour of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other colour conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.”

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other colour in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute®. “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.”

“The Colour of the Year selection is a very thoughtful process. To arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for colour influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, travelling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact colour, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.”

“Enhance your sense of well-being at home by rejuvenating the interior with Emerald paint, accents and accessories. This jewel-like hue will create a luxurious feel in an entryway, powder room, dining room or study, and bring life to a living room as an accent wall. Add a splash of colour to the kitchen and dining room areas with Emerald dinnerware, stemware and appliances.”

Wondering how to incorporate this bold colour into your home? Consider using them in conjunction with the following colours:

White – it’s fresh, light and easy on the eyes – a perfect balance to Emerald’s loud vibrancy. Play with patterns to add elements of interest and fun.

Black – mysterious and bold. Paired with emerald it speaks of opulence and sophistication.

Blue – another jewel tone that diffuses the bold emerald and adds a beautiful cool and calming facet.

Neon Pink – not for the timid. The introduction of pops of neon pink into an emerald scheme is playful and trendy.

Ag, maybe I’m just a little biased as emerald is not one of my favourite colours. I have since stumbled across many beautiful examples of emerald… especially in the fashion design industry. Mmm, I think it will grow on me…

 

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Pantone Colour of 2020: CLASSIC BLUE

Feature image via: Design Monarchy Interior Design Studio

by Marica Fick

Happy 2020 folks! 2020… can you believe?! It sounds very sci-fi. I hope you all had a lovely, rest-filled festive break and are all geared for the new year?

I’m sure by now you have all noticed a certain colour trend flooding your Pinterest, Instagram and blog feeds? You know the colour I’m referring to – it is a bold, almost primary blue… a kind of “delft-meets-school-uniform”.  Well, however you choose to describe it, it is called CLASSIC BLUE and it is Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2020.

I know I mention this every year, but I was once again surprised by Pantone’s selection for Colour of the Year – it is never what I expect it to be. Not that I am going to complain because I just so happen to be a blue-girl. While Classic Blue is a tiny bit on the strong and bright side for me, I generally love all shades and hues of blue.

Thinking back on Pantone’s previous selections for COTY, it does seem that they prefer bold and bright above muted and soft. With the exclusion of 2015’s dusky Marsala and 2016’s soft pastel duo, Rose Quartz & Serenity, the last ten years have been pretty bold and punchy. Think last year’s Living Coral, 2018’s Ultra Violet, and 2013’s Emerald.

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The Classic Blue painted wall of this living room combined with the gorgeous green velvet Chesterfield sofa, quirky art pieces and crisp white painted mouldings and floor make for a dynamic and fresh interior. | source: Anthropologie

The selection of Classic Blue as Pantone’s Colour of the Year also came as a surprise to a good few trend-watchers and forecasters who anticipated a shade of green to win out. Plascon, for example, reflected this in their choice for Hue of 2020, Mulberry Leaf, a gorgeous moody green.

Some trend observers are of the opinion that Pantone was playing it rather “safe” by selecting a generally liked colour like blue.

In an article written for Dezeen, design consultant Michelle Ogundehin stated that in choosing a democratic colour like blue, Pantone played it safe and still missed the mark:

“… seeing as blue is routinely cited as one of the Western world’s eternally favourite colours – no doubt because it instantly recalls cloudless summer skies and warm calm seas – it couldn’t go wrong with such an inoffensive pick. Or could it?

Michelle went on to say that this rather safe choice is a result of the backlash and criticism surrounding last year’s COTY, Living Coral. Design commentators and critics felt the inspiration behind the colour and name selection was an insensitive choice considering the rapidly dwindling amount of coral left in our oceans.

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Trend Alert: Terracotta & Earth Colours

Trend Alert: Terracotta & Earth Colours

feature image: Dulux New Zealand

by Marica Fick

Like our previous trend post about the resurgence of Rattan, the hot and spicy colour trend we will be sharing today also smacks of retro deliciousness.

With the chill of winter fast approaching, we are quite happy to see the interior colour palettes shift to richer and warmer tones. I think it is exactly this yearning for warmth, cosiness, and womb-like comfort that has made TERRACOTTA the go-to home colour trend of the past few seasons.

Trend Alert: Terracotta & Earth Colours
A perfect balanced of terracotta hues, pale blue, and earthy materials in Fonda Mexican restaurant in Melbourne. | source: Eclectic Trends

To give you a greater scope of the massive popularity of this earthy-coloured trend, let me share this tidbit:

A few times a year, Pinterest releases as a category specific report detailing the latest and greatest pinning trends from around the world. Last year, they reported a whopping 95% increase of terracotta-themed interior and homeware images in the UK alone.

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The Flip Side: Bold & Bright Interiors

by Rose McClement

Marica recently wrote a Trend Alert article, highlighting some of the gorgeous dark and moody interiors. Prominent in all of these moody interiors were the wonderfully exhilarating deep and darker tones of some jewel colours. Colours such as Royal Blue, Emerald Green, Teal Green, Plum, Grape, Yellow, Bold Pink, Dark Grey, Orange and Lime Green.

While reading that article, I seeped into those alluring interior images. My heart was pounding with absolute pleasure at the beauty of those interiors. Definitely my kinda thing in a big way!

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My friend Stella, a loyal member of our Facebook Fan Club made a very interesting comment on the post.

This is what she said: I sooooo appreciate viewing these dark & moody tones. But for me it’s largely seasonal.  As you say, winter draws one in. It’s cosy, gorgeous but come summer I want to bask in LIGHT, white and bright.  So could I live with the dark tones? I don’t think so… but an accent wall, now you’re talking.  (All emphasis hers, including the numbers of “oooo’s” in the word “soooo”)

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Pinterest Picks: Beautiful Bedrooms

Have you ever played the “I wish…” game? You know, the game where you page through a magazine or peruse a website and see something that makes you go: “sigh, if only…

I think there is nothing wrong with building a few castles in the sky, especially when it comes to interiors and one’s home. Let rather call it “aspirational thinking” – planning ahead for a time when you will have the means to make your daydreams a reality!

I regularly play that game. As an interior designer I often gaze longingly at the beautiful interiors and homes I have pinned to my Pinterest boards. I would fantasise about what I would do with the space if it were mine.

Not too long ago Rose and I were discussing a bedroom picture we had just pinned to our boards. Rose expressed that she would LOVE a room just like it. “Which bedroom would you like if could choose?” she asked me while scrolling through our Bedrooms board. I wasn’t sure; however I had earmarked a few hot favourites. We knew there and then that it would make for an excellent blog post.

Rose and I decided that we will each select one image from our Bedrooms Board of a sleeping space that we most desired as our own. We would then explain exactly why we coveted that particular space and whether there is something we would change.

We also chose two “runner-up” bedrooms because deciding on one room can be very hard!

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Marica’s Pinterest Bedroom Pick:

I had some difficulty selecting my numero uno, most-desired bedroom from my top picks. However, after asking myself “which one do you see yourself LIVING in”, the answer was clear.

The picture above is a sneak peek from the bedroom makeover of bloggers, Jamin and Ashley, of The Handmade Home.

I think what appealed to me most was that the room looks relaxed, yet luxurious.  I am automatically drawn to jewel tones, which is why I adore the colour combination of this bedroom. I also enjoy the addition of the antique brass elements.

My favourite item in this room would have to be the gorgeous deep-buttoned velvet headboard. I had a “YES please” moment when I saw that beauty!

Another element I like is the upcycled chest of drawers with the purple agate handles. FYI – these are actually “faux” agate – they look like the real deal but are just clever replicas Ashley made using clay and craft paint (see DIY here).

If this was my room, I would probably add a slightly more Bohemian feel to it. I would swap out the scatter cushions and throw for something more tactile and Boho without losing the beautiful magenta purple colour that pairs so lovely with the jewel-toned emerald.

While the framed abstract art piece is not completely my taste, I would keep it because it ties all the colours together beautifully. I might just add another smaller framed print or painting in front of it to add some depth.

I would also LOVE to include a vintage velvet chair like this one into the room. Can you say reading chair?!

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1st Runner Up…

I was immediately drawn to the Mid-century Modern meet Scandinavian bedroom of Jaclyn Johnson, founder of Create & Cultivate. In true Scandi form, the room’s white backdrop makes the room feel open and less cluttered while pattern and interest is added in shades greys.

The show-shopper piece in this bedroom is the gorgeous (and pricey) Modern bed from Design Within Reach. While not my favourite colour, the punchy green of the headboard livens up the otherwise monochromatic colour scheme.

Oh, and don’t you just love that copper blanket ladder and pom-pom duvet cover?!

2nd Runner Up…

My third choice is a bit of a wildcard. What I like most about this space, other than the lovely sunny yellows, is not limited to the the decor and furnishings. The appeal lies in structure of the room itself – the white-painted floors and lofty attic ceiling with its beams.

The house belongs to Souraya Hassan of Binti Home. Souraya used various items, most with a slight Moroccan feel, from her online shop to decorate this guest bedroom. I love how she used the two small Moroccan tables as a staggered bedside pedestal.

Similar to my 1st runner up choice, I like how the happy yellow accent of the bedspread breaks the otherwise white on white space.

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Rose’s Pinterest Bedroom Pick:

This particular exercise really stirred up a subconscious desire to redo my bedroom. And working through the stack of images that I have pinned on two bedroom boards, eventually brought me to a place where I realised exactly how I would decorate my bedroom.

Another awareness was how my taste / style has changed over the past few years. I’ve gravitated towards “less is more” not entirely Scandi, but leaning in that direction, with a tad more colour thrown in.

If you told me 6 years ago, that I would have a craving for a white bedroom, I would have laughed. I am so longing for the feeling of uncluttered space where there are fewer decor elements, but no lack of depth and texture. That is why this is bedroom is my first choice.

I am totally nuts about the industrial styled metal / glass pane room divider, the texture of the velvety throw on the bed, the colour and nature of the wooden items, the asymmetrical placement of the floor rugs and the patterns to be found in the rugs and wall art. I could take my books and move into this room.

I dream of living in a Manhattan style Industrial loft apartment such as this.

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1st Runner Up…

What appeals to me most about my second choice above is the metallic bed. I am so in love with copper and the rose gold colour that blends into it so perfectly. The other appeal is the street scene wallpaper at the back of the bed, as well as the overhead ceiling fixed industrial light.

Oh, and another appealing feature in this room that I forgot to mention is the ceiling. Those pressed ceiling panels just do it for me. Imagine waking up to see that delightful sight each morning.

2nd Runner Up…

And now… my third choice is something completely different. Just showing one image of this room might come across a bit on the odd side because actually one needs to hold this bedroom within the greater and deeper context of its setting, namely the Château de Gudanes.  This forgotten French Country Stately Home has slowly been brought back to life.

If I woke up in this room it would mean that one of my dreams had actually come true. I would have to pinch myself to check that it was all real. This is the real deal unrestored French Chateau boudoir. No paint effects, no wallpaper – all the genuine article. Love the deep royal blue french bed and everything about this room.

It needs a stand alone blog feature post of its own, one in which we can wax lyrical and drool over its unique beauty. So, watch this space with bated breath. Until then.

This was huge fun. Thanks Marica for coming up with this blog series.


What do you think of our Pinterest bedroom picks? See anything you like too?

Stay tuned for the next addition in our Pinterest Picks series – maybe we will do our favourite living rooms or kitchens.

Emerald Green Velvet Sofa

Home Must Have: Stunning Velvet Sofas

Want to know what is on this interior designer’s personal home upgrade wish list?

A gorgeous, dramatic velvet sofa.

Preferably in a bold jewel tone colour – like a striking teal, emerald or amethyst pink.

I swoon every time a scroll through my Pinterest feed and spot another beautiful brightly-hued velvet sofa. There is just something so beautifully decadent about a velvet sofa – it’s almost theatrical. It is probably because velvet is synonymous with luxury and opulence. Rose recently sourced a stunning sapphire blue velvet sofa for a client of ours. I cannot even begin to describe to you how amazing it looked.

Maybe it is the colder months or the fact that velvet is so amazingly tactile that is driving my velvet sofa desire. I just want to curl up on one with a good book and a throw. Or maybe stroke it ever so gently… I promise I’m not weird.

Until a few years ago velvet was used quite sparingly as it had a reputation of being somewhat “gauche”. I mean, I’m sure we all had a grandma or great aunt with a ratty velvet sofa in her lounge.  Now velvet is experiencing a trendy revival… and I would give my right arm for my Gran’s ratty vintage velvet sofa.

Although velvet looks smashing on any style of sofa, I think there is something extra dramatic and seductive about a velvet sofa in a slightly more classical / traditional style. Take a Chesterfield or English Roll-Arm sofa for instance – it is as if it was made to be decked out in plush velvet. Maybe it is all the curves and deep-buttoning.

I did a quick online search to see what is available locally and was quite disappointed with the selection. I guess if I ever want to get a velvet sofa for my living room I would have to have it custom made trough on of Design Monarchy’s trusty suppliers.

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Swedish Elle blogger Elsa Billgren shared a couple of snaps of her Stockholm apartment. The crowning jewel of the living room would have to be this gorgeous green velvet sofa. The sofa from Ikea is appropriately called the “Stockholm” sofa and its slight Mid-Century Modern lines works perfectly in Elsa’s Scandi styled flat.  |  Photo: Beata Holmgren

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Interior designer Harriet Anstruther made sure to add some punch to her bright 1840’s London town house with this bold pink velvet sofa. The use of black and white makes for a dramatic colour combination.  |  Photo: Paul Raeside via housetohome

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Oh my, how I love stylist Emily Henderson‘s use of colour! Here, in the studio of Joy Cho of Oh Joy!, she had a quirky little retro sofa upholstered in a beautiful emerald velvet and paired it with hot pink velvet easy chairs. Do yourself a favour and pop over to Emily’s blog to see the rest of Joy’s studio – it is SERIOUSLY envy-worthy!  |  Photo: Zeke Ruelas

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I cannot tell you how much I love this bold red deep-buttoned velvet sofa in the pink-walled living room of New York interior designer, Miles Redd. Miles, who is known for his quirky brand of cosy glamour used to be the creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home.

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Love the touches of yellow New York interior design firm, Tilton Fenwick, used to complement this blue velvet deep-buttoned (or “tuffed” as the Yanks call it) sofa in this Greenwich Village Loft. | Photo: Trevor Tondro

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Another Mid-century Modern inspired velvet sofa, this one from Urban Outfitters. What would you call this colour? Chartreuse? BTW – can you believe this one is a sleeper couch?

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What an absolute statement this mustard-coloured velvet English Roll-Arm sofa by Rose & Grey makes! And it looks SO comfy too!

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This velvet sofa might actually be my favourite – a striking deep-buttoned Chesterfield style sofa with slightly sloped rolled arms – in a delicious deep purple of course! It is called the “Darcy” sofa from UK furniture manufactures, Arlo & Jacob.  |  Photo via Dear Designer

What do you think about these gorgeous velvet sofas? Are you going to add a velvet sofa to your home “must-have” list like I did?