Color Study: Emerald - Guest Post

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

emerald inspiration board

{Hello! So excited to have Erin from Sew At Home Mummy here to share her a bit of background about Pantone's color of the year, Emerald, along with a super cool inspiration site.  Erin is so sweet & chock full of information and ideas, she'll be back in a few weeks to share even more color goodness. Thank you so much for welcoming her here today!} 

You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about the color ‘emerald’ and how this year, it’s the color of the year. 

pantone color of the year emerald
Who comes up with the color every year? Who makes that all important decision which will set the tone (mind the pun) for the interior design, beauty, and fashion industries? And how and why do ‘they’ choose what color will be the go-to for the year?

The answer? The company ‘Pantone’.

Pantone has been the world’s color authority for almost 50 years, providing products and services to design professionals such as custom colors, swatches, chips, trend forecasts, software, color measurement systems and more. The company’s color swatches have become the standard reference guide, allowing designers to "color match" specific colors when a design enters production stage, regardless of the equipment used to produce the color.

But - how do they decide which color will be the “it” color for any given year?

pantone color of the years

Pantone takes their influences on their decision for Color of the Year from many sources – entertainment, films in production, art collections, sports events, technology, travel destinations, socio-economic conditions, etc. Twice a year the company hosts a secret meeting of representatives from various nations' color standards groups; these representatives present and deliberate for two days...and at the end of it all come up with “The Color of the Year”.

Today I thought I would share an online app that help to get me inspired when I’m trying to decide what my color palette for the quilt I’m planning will take on. And, of course, these are “Emerald” themed inspirations in the spirit of the post topic. 

From a free app where you can create your own inspiration board in minutes. I highly recommend you try it – it’s pretty neat! My color of the year inspired board (above) took me about 10 minutes to create the board, and really got me in the ‘emeraldy’ mood. The app is easy to use – it requires that you register a username and password, and once you’re done creating your inspiration board you can share it through any social media you can think of with one click of a button. There are fun custom add-ons like push pins, backgrounds, frames and more. This app will be fun to play with in conjunction with your Pinterest pins! 

Loving all this information + inspiration, thank you Erin! 

You can catch up with her & see her gorgeous work on her blog, Sew At Home Mummy and when she returns in a few weeks to share even more color inspiration. 

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inspiration board: emerald doors, wedding cake, earrings, emerald stone, sailed ship, shoes ,  chair, nail polish, pillow, lamp