What is the Meaning of the Color Green?
Spring makes its entrance dressed in green. Bare branches slowly unfold their array of lime, olive, pistachio, jade, and emerald hues. Snow melts revealing green sprouts, mosses and buds. Green signifies the renewal of life as bare trees leaf out in splendor and sleeping bulbs awaken to poke their heads through the earth.
Green can also denote environmentally friendly. It can mean you recycle, up cycle, compost, conserve water, buy local, grow your own veggies or bring your own bags to the grocery store. Green is a movement to save this earth and restore what we have destroyed.
And this year, the color green is celebrated an additional way. The Pantone Company, that predictor of all color trends, has deemed Emerald Green the “it” color for 2013. How do they decide? Do they throw a dart at a color chart? Maybe. Supposedly they look at socio-economic trends, environmental issues, art collections, and Hollywood for inspiration. How all those factors add up to a particular color is a mystery to all but the Pantone people.
Some designers will embrace this striking color and others will not touch it. Emerald is a hard color to wear, unless of course, you are a redhead. In spite of what interior designers say, emerald is tough to integrate into your color scheme. It’s bold and bright and makes a “statement”. A few malachite boxes on a marble table might look very chic but splashed on a wall could be very tiresome in a matter of months.
Just by my own observation, I’m not seeing much green in retail stores. But I am still seeing last year’s color: tangerine. The orange tones are happy and fun. These warm colors look good with most skin tones and can work as accessories to refresh a blue or beige room. Tangerine doesn’t seem to want to step aside and let emerald have a chance. Maybe we still want to be wrapped in balmy congenial colors instead of the dark and moody hues of the forest.
And as for me, I like my green in nature, and not on my throw pillows. It is a horse of a different color and should be left in the “Emerald City” that iconic symbol of all things green and wicked and fantastic.