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Companies like Pantone create standardized colors that help extend our color vocabulary across a variety of artistic industries. Two of those industries are fashion and interior design, and they’re interconnected.


Emerald fits another over-riding trend for 2013: A longing for luxury.

The Wizard of Oz would be green with envy. That icon of the Emerald City undoubtedly would agree it’s the perfect shade. So would the residents of “Downton Abbey.”

That may explain our American infatuation with “Downton Abbey,” the opulent British costume drama set in an immense Victorian mansion. Coincidentally, the Earl of Grantham’s drawing room wall covering is a rich almost-emerald green.

But the 2013 Color of the Year?  How much Emerald can one real-life home hold?

Trend forecaster Pantone Color Institute picked Emerald – a rich bluish green – as its must-have, go-to hue for fashion and home decor. It’s a color-wheel 180 from Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango, and has drawn strong reaction from interior designers and home experts.

Designers comment on Emerald, the Pantone color of the year

“I love the idea of emerald in our interiors,” said Sacramento interior designer Kerrie Kelly, noting that her name does give her an inclination toward green. “When using green, you can go bold with a wall or drapery treatment or keep it quiet by using it to simply accent a space through pillows and accessories. Any lacquered piece in emerald green is sure to be a showstopper.”

“What were they thinking?” said Mary Lawlor, manager of color marketing for San Carlos-based Kelly-Moore Paints. “That pick is causing quite a stir. Pantone is the industry leader, but … it’s somewhat bizarre.

“It’s kind of difficult to put it back into the home,” Lawlor added. “For many people, it’s a flashback to your parents’ living room and big green couch.”

Emerald immediately brings to mind brilliant precious gems, said Pantone’s color predictors and fashion industry experts. It’s sophisticated and luxurious. But it’s a color invested with so much added meaning including growth, renewal, prosperity, healing and unity.

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive director. “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,” Eiseman said. “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 already has popped up on runway shows for major fashion designers such as Zac Posen. Makers of home fabrics and furnishings also have jewel-hued greens, ready for consumers.

“There’s been a reserved excitement around green recently,” said Gina Shaw, York Wallcovering’s vice president of product development. “We see this very usable and sophisticated emerald green – as well as lighter shades of it – trending in both apparel and home fashions this year.”

Said Jennifer McConnell, Pearson Textiles vice president of design, “The look and feel of home décor is trending toward comfort and relaxation. Deep green has long symbolized prosperity and good fortune, and this elegant emerald feels particularly serene.”


Trend forecaster Pantone Color Institute annually sets a palette for fashion and home decor, pulling from current trends, tastes and national mood. From those color swatches, Pantone names one tone as its Color of the Year.


Since picking sky-blue Cerulean in 2000 as its “Color of the Millennium,” Pantone has stuck with blue tones, choosing five different blues in 14 years (including two shades of turquoise). A lot of trend watchers thought another blue – deep ocean Monaco Blue – would be the choice for 2013, but Pantone went for deep green Emerald instead.

Over the years, some colors – such as red-hot Chili Pepper – have had more staying power than others, sticking around from several seasons. But others – such as dusky Sand Dollar – seem like a ripple on the beach, quickly fading from memory.

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Probably the biggest difference between luxury in today’s world and luxury in the past is the relative disappearance of custom or bespoke products. In the 18th and 19th centuries much of what was considered luxury was custom made.  The wealthy class purchased custom clothing, had jewelry made to their specifications and even had custom fragrances created for themselves. Today most luxury goods are produced and sold.

There are still custom clothiers, shirt makers and boot makers but the common notion of custom made has essentially vanished.  This has meant the disappearance for the vast majority of local watchmakers and jewelers, custom dress and shirt makers and other custom made products.   Not with this Italian maker of Art Inlay Clocks and Furniture.

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Ashanti Interiors is proud to introduce this Art Inlaid Clock by hand with semi-precious stones (natural gems – Warranted) 24 karat gold plated brass decorations. Design of Giovanni Battista Foggini and Balthasar Permoser, before 1689.

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This is why these wonderful creations embellishes the most beautiful buildings and houses in the world, environments intended for high-level meetings and private rooms where everything refers to the artistic sensitivity and taste of the owner. One in which every work, starting from the extremely famous clocks, establishes a favored dialogue between those who experience it and those who merely observe.

Ashanti Interiors is a Luxury e-retailer who goal is to provide products with Extraordinary Creativity in Design with Exceptional Materials and Quality that are rare and extremely unique to the world’s most discerning Clientele.

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