Pantone has just announced its 2013 Color of the Year:
A green called “Emerald”.
Pantone says Emerald is “Lively, radiant, lush … a color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance, and harmony.”
I’ve put together some color schemes for Emerald, as a jump-starter for jewelry design ideas.
In each of these color schemes, Emerald is in the center.
Emerald – Pastel Color Scheme
With these paler, more delicate colors, Emerald is the focus – while still coordinating with the rest of this scheme.
Emerald – Analogous Color Scheme
Analogous colors are the ones right next to Emerald on the color wheel.
I love the watery, tranquil feel of these colors together!
Emerald – Triad Color Scheme
Triad colors are from three points around the color wheel that form a triangle – with Emerald as one of the points in this case.
Here the color to the right of Emerald looks a lot like antiqued brass, and I like the mood that the purple lends to this scheme.
Emerald – Tetrad Color Scheme
Tetrad colors are from four points around the color wheel – with Emerald as one of the points in this case.
These contrasts would be fun to design with. They bring a more playful feel to Emerald.
Emerald – Complementary Color Scheme
Complementary colors are directly across from each other on the color wheel.
Maybe a patina in one of these greens would be nice with components in one of these oranges.
Emerald – Neutral Color Scheme
I’m thinking that bold, Emerald-colored jewelry could be a knockout against clothes in one of these neutral colors!
Designing for the Color of the Year
And as always, you don’t necessarily have to use Emerald in your jewelry designs.
A lot of people will be wearing clothes with the Emerald color, so it’s also valuable to create accessories to go with that color.
What are your thoughts on Emerald as the 2013 color of the year – and ways to design with it?
Pantone tweeted about the color schemes shown above: