It is said to be the colour of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation. It also has strong ties with nature. “Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other colour in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute in a recent press release.
Pantone chooses the Colour of the Year by "combing the world looking for influences". They claim in the past their Colour of the Year has influenced the worlds of fashion, industrial, packaging and graphic design.
Now green is not a colour that I'm naturally tempted to use in the home but I am interested in upcycling as a home decor option.
I'm sure the shops will be abundant with gorgeous emerald home accessories in the next few months but may I suggest a much cheaper and individual alternative? There are many cool eco ways to bring emerald green into your home without buying new - how about using a recycled hose pipe as a door mat, repainting existing furniture or displaying greenery in recycled glass?
Pantone's influence is huge in the design business - let's hope it encourages people to think of recycling as a valid design option.
Here are a few of my favourite emerald upcycling ideas.
Recycling or upcycling - what better way to renew and rejuvenate your home as we head into a new year?