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Fashion is taking the road to Emerald City this spring and it will be lined with stunning green clothes and decorative products like those shown in the newly refurbished Suite 208 at the luxurious Grand Hotel in Oslo, Norway (above).

 

Emerald green, specifically Pantone 17-5641, has officially been named named Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2013,  and Safavieh is a ahead of the curve with pillows, rugs and table lamps that perfectly match the global color authority’s  color chip for this lush shade:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An early predictor of the trend,  designer Thom Filicia used the color lavishly back in May at the 2012 Kips Bay Decorator Show House.  Thom deftly mixed jewel-toned emerald in artwork, drapery fabrics, high gloss walls, and in the ikat design of his eco-friendly Henninger hemp area rug for Safavieh.

 

 

 

 

Though green has always been a favorite home furnishings color, it’s typically more popular in shades that are fairly neutral in character: sage, sea foam, spruce. But this year’s Pantone pick is a vivid hue. Like the finest faceted gemstones, Emerald circa 2013 is a clean color—clear and luminous.

 

 

A perfect example is this lustrous and strikingly simple flatweave rug from Safavieh’s new Sari Silk collection:

 

 

In this equally beautiful, but more casual Safavieh accent pillow, emerald is contrasted with natural rope binding, all crafted of sustainable jute fiber:

 

 

 

 

 

A  more delicate interpretation by interior designer Jamie Drake for Safavieh (below) is called Temple Garden. It’s Drake’s modern interpretation of the tree of life pattern, adapted from stone relief carvings on temples at Angkor Wat in Cambodia:

 

 

 

 

 

Safavieh’s classic stacked ball lamp is made modern in brilliant emerald-painted glass topped with a contemporary white drum shade:

 

 

 

 

Decorative products companies hinted at a new interior design direction  during October 2012 High Point Market.  In many showrooms we saw layering of multiple shades of green in a single room setting.  If the Grand Hotel’s green suite 208 is any indication, layering is here to stay.

 

 

 

Designed by Colorful, the largest paint store chain in Norway and part of Fargerike a producer of wallcoverings and paint, the suite exemplifies the trend with tones of jade, pear, apple and emerald.  Colorful’s creative director explains in an article on the suite’s interiors, that the company wanted to play around with color until they got a harmonious, exciting expression using one color in different shade’s.  Here’s a link to the Colorful article:

 

 

 

According to Pantone, emerald 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.

 

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color 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.”

 

If you love the new emerald for 2013, you’ll find it everywhere from Vera Wang dresses to Coach handbags. The color was a major factor in both Art Deco and Art Nouveau interiors in the 1920′s — the period when the Grand Hotel was built.  If you’re ready to recapture the glamor and sophistication of that period in your home, Safavieh has the accessories to help.