Pantone has crowned emerald its Colour of the Year. “Lively. Radiant. Lush… it enhances our sense of well-being,” declares the expert colour company.
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The trend is sparked by Disney’s latest adventure, Oz the Great and Powerful. Starring James Franco, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams, the wash of green in many of the scenes evokes the rich landscapes of Oz and its Emerald City.
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Shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood has designed a four-piece collection inspired by the film and the Emerald “shoe carnival” window scheme for Selfridges. Burberry’s Blaze Bag in green duchess satin is hot right now along with metallic pale-green trench coats, while Solange Knowles dazzled on the Grammy’s red carpet in a Ralph & Russo green gown.
Some of London’s most stylish venues are also adopting green schemes. The Folly, in Gracechurch Street in the City (thefollybar.co.uk) uses shades of green to create an outdoor theme throughout the bar and restaurant.
Fusion Design and Architecture’s vision was to create London’s secret garden, bringing a botanical feel to an urban space. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in natural light and guests enter through a “garden lounge” filled with hanging chairs and trees. The space opens into a deli and flower shop, while the main bar and kitchen use long timber benches.
Leaf-patterned walls and foliage on the ceilings match emerald green velvet chairs and wooden stools. Garden pots are hung as lighting shades upstairs and bright green lamps light up the basement. Wine racks look like beehives and there is a cork-fronted bar. An 26ft-tall tree trunk provides a focal point, joining the basement bar to the ground floor.
The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington (ampersandhotel.com) also brings the outdoors indoors with nods to the botanical through striking green armchairs, flower-patterned wallpaper and dinnerware to match. The Covent Garden branch of the Mexican street food chain, Wahaca (wahaca.co.uk) has a green-panelled ceilling, backlit green walls and palm trees. Its South Bank pop-up is built from green and blue shipping containers.
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Pantone says our eyes are more sensitive to green than any other colour – so no wonder it translates easily to fashion and interiors. And stealing the style for the home needn’t cost a fortune. There are plenty of ways to inject an emerald green glow into your living space.
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