Need a Spring Pick-Me-Up? Look To Pantone’s Spring Color Report For Inspiration

Spring13swatches-small With spring nearly here, but not quite, are you in search of ways to beat the winter doldrums? Adding spice to your home decor through color is a great place to start. While the weather is still dreadful outside you will spend much of your time indoors, so adding colorful hues to a room can enhance its beauty and deliver a mood boost as well.

The Pantone Spring Color Report is a terrific resource to spark inspiration. Spring 2013’s Color Palette is all about finding harmony and balance in today’s fast paced world, while creating space for utilizing our individuality and offering excitement.

Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year, Emerald, is a sophisticated color full of vitality that imbues a sense of balance. Emerald can be used alone to add radiance to any space. Paired with Tender Shoots and Grayed Jade, these three green hues deliver a flora-inspired presence.

Grayed Jade, along with Dusk Blue and Linen, are the neutral tones in the spring palette. For a hint of calm and comforting color, pair the warmth of Linen with the coolness of Dusk Blue. Are you looking to create a spa-like feel to a bathroom or your bedroom? Paint a wall or add some accents in the same tone as Grayed Jade or Dusk Blue – the serenity of both of these colors encourages relaxation.

Do you want to make a statement through a burst of color? African Violet and Poppy Red fit the bill. These two colors can be combined to add interest and celebration to any room. Nectarine or Lemon Zest also carry a refreshing punch, perfect for a space made to accommodate fun, rainy-day activities like the rec room or family room. Tender Shoots adds delightful gusto to small spaces like a window seat or the front porch.

Monaco Blue is a shade that offers stability and depth. It can be used as an accent color in a home office to add a sense of poise. In a formal space, Monaco Blue’s classic nature augments the elegance of the room. In an informal space, paired with a sunny yellow like Lemon Zest, it creates a sensibility of good cheer.

Below is a video featuring Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. She discusses each color in the 2013 Color Report and why it is on trend for this season.

While Pantone’s Spring Color Palette is dominated by greens in 2013, the designers participating in this year’s report gave blue the overwhelming thumbs up as the color most complimentary to all skin tones. Do you consider how a color affects skin coloring when considering a major decor change, like painting a whole room?