Emerald – the Pantone colour of 2013, but how could it be interpreted for interiors

15:33 28 January in Industry News

In our last post we looked at the newly announced PANTONE colour of the year for 2013 – Emerald Green: 17-5641. But whilst there is the linkage with precious jewels and riches, there is also a distinct connection with the ideas of regeneration, growth and renewal.

But as a rich shade, it could be a tricky one to pull off in an interior. It is a very dominating tone and could be better used as an accent colour rather than using it envelop a whole space. Dark greys can be used in this way as they act as a moody foil for everything which sits on top, but emerald green? It could look like the mock up of a rainforest.

As a colour, we think emerald green is beautiful, so we have been thinking how it could be integrated into a modern interior in a way which is contemporary and uncluttered. And we have thought of one, slightly different way that designers could incorporate it into interior spaces.

The living wall.

The use of plants within any interior spaces has always been key, with the most balanced of designs using a good mix of large and small scale planting as an integrated element, but the living wall has now truly established itself as a greening tool for inside as well as outside. Many commercial and residential projects have utilised the wonderful textures and air cleaning qualities that come with a true living wall. And the shade? Well, depending on the plants used, we would put this well and truly into the emerald green bracket.

Surely there is no better way that to represent a colour which is all about growth, renewal and resurgence than to actually use living plants within a space?

A living wall is best integrated into a project at the detail design stages, but there are ways to retro fit this truly beautiful element into any space, so long as there is adequate light, power and somewhere for the water (which is recirculated around the system) to be housed. They work wonderfully in living room spaces and can be absolutely magical in bathrooms and wetrooms.

There are many specialist companies who are able to assist designers with the planning, construction and implementation of living walls of all scales and we would urge you to utilise their extensive knowledge. As simple as they look, living walls are complicated and highly engineered beasts, but with planning and thought they may just become your favourite way of creating texture and life in a modern interior. We have used them on a number of projects and both our clients and ourselves have been delighted with the results. The lushness of foliage really cannot be imitated.

And if you choose your plants carefully, your wall will be emerald green, so you’ll be bang on trend for 2013.

(image from living wall specialists Biotecture)

Written by eco interior architect & designer guest blogger Claire Potter



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