Pantone colour of the year – emerald green

It would be fair to say that I’m not renowned for my colour co-ordination, but the emerald green that is the Pantone colour of the year for 2013 is something I can’t help but feel drawn to.

I love all things emerald, purple and turquoise and if you can spot the colour in a peacock feather, chances are I will love it. These colours feel so expressive – they seem to have a depth and a passion to them that other colours just don’t have. They make me imagine myself as some sort of exotic spice trader, roaming the markets of Marrakech, my long dark hair wafting cumin in my wake and the bells around my ankles tinkling excitedly. Sometimes I have a small pet monkey on my shoulder, wearing a deep purple velvet waistcoat.

*closes eyes just for a minute and inhales the market smells*

For want of a pet monkey, I’ve been having fun this morning looking at all the beautiful green interiors stuff for this year. (I know, I know, I really work too hard sometimes.)

Here are some of my favourites:

"Velvet armchair"

Green velvet armchair from Oliver Bonas

"animal wallpaper"

Animal farm wallpaper by Bodie and Fou

"Colourful children's furniture"

Brightly coloured children’s Furniture from The Range.

"Wine goblets"

Wine goblets from Ines Cole

"owl cushion"

Owl cushion from Donna Wilson at John Lewis

Do you have a favourite colour? Have you spotted anything green this year that you love?




  1. auntiejanola
    18 January, 2013 / 4:14 pm

    My fav colour is red and black but when it comes to interior I love purple! I have had this phase with each colour and I always go back to purple/violeti-ish and lilac.
    I LOVE the pillow!

    • 19 January, 2013 / 12:27 pm

      The pillow is cute isn’t it?! I discovered yesterday that Donna Wilson has written a craft book too, so I’m hoping to do a post about that soon. I love her cushions.

  2. rinsimpson
    18 January, 2013 / 10:28 pm

    Goodness me, I’ve read a lot of posts about emerald green these last few weeks (I read a LOT of design blogs) but never expected you to get in on the action! Love the Bodie & Fou wallpaper though :)

    • 19 January, 2013 / 12:26 pm

      Heehee, as I was writing it I was thinking ‘Rin is going to be impressed with my interiors knowledge!’. Not taste maybe, but knowledge at least :-)

  3. juliastyleme
    19 January, 2013 / 9:27 am

    I like your green post – I adore the bright greens, grass greens(especially worn with white) and emerald greens, not so keen on dark forest green as it reminds me of my horrid itchy school sweater from the seventies -I tend to go for colours that make me feel happy!

    • 19 January, 2013 / 12:27 pm

      I had a lovely sage green on my bedrooms walls once, offset with white everything else. That was really lovely, and calming too. I’ve heard green is a good colour for bedrooms.

  4. 22 January, 2013 / 10:44 am

    I adore the animal farm wall paper! I’m currently searching for inspiration for my boy’s bedroom and those colours are right up my street.

    • 22 January, 2013 / 4:14 pm

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it? I wish I had a younger child who wanted farm animals on their walls :-(

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