Pantone may have crowned Emerald the hue of 2013, but the world’s foremost colour authority also declared other shades equally worthy. Consider these fab foursome for your own abode, whether
you use them sparingly or ceiling to floor
Just as a squeeze of citrus can freshen up a flavourless dish, a splash of cheery, optimistic yellow (Pantone’s choice is called Lemon Zest) can enhance a kitchen, home office or other space in need of a pick-me-up, says Stephanie Saunders, who styled the vignettes on these pages. Yellow is especially ideal in rooms that get natural light, which will amplify its brightness. Rio mug by Distinctly Home, $9.99 at The Bay. Broom Stacking Chair by Philippe Starck for Emeco, $460 at Klaus. Hee Dining Chair by Hee Welling for Hay, $305 at Klaus. Twiggy lamp by Marc Sadler for Foscarini, $974 at Kiosk. Desk, $299 at HomeSense. Frank table by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, $1,398 at Kiosk. Round French Oven in Soleil by Le Creuset, $480 at The Bay. Rio bowls by Distinctly Home, $9.99 each at The Bay. Damask pillow, $39.50 at Indigo. Lantern, $19.99 at HomeSense. Paint (on wall and shutter), Bright Yellow (2022-30) by Benjamin Moore, from $35.99 per can. Shutter by Builders Edge, $68.49 at Home Depot. Peacock tray by DwellStudio, $265 at The Bay. Belle de Jour wallpaper by Eijffinger, $65.99 per roll at Primetime Paint & Paper. Versa 6-by-9-foot carpet by Madeline Weinrib, $1,328.25 at Y&Co.
The colour red has many connotations, from fields of wildflowers (Pantone’s pick is Poppy Red) to passion and desire. Most of all, though, it’s an attention-getter, creating a compelling focal point when used in small doses (think crimson statement walls and cherry-hued pendant lights) or all-over drama in a dining room or den. Cabinet door by Eurostyle, $67.14 at Home Depot. Paint (on wall and cabinet door), Ruby Red (2001-10) by Benjamin Moore, from $35.99 per can. Siren Pendant Lamp, $329 at CB2. Lacquer boxes (on chair and bookshelf), from $14.99 at HomeSense. Eiffel Dining Chair, $395 at UpCountry. FK05 Charlotte coffee table by Ferdinand Kramer for e15, $1,075 at Klaus. Birdhouse, $12.99 at HomeSense. Leaning bookshelf, $295 at UpCountry. Fabrics, Raoul Textiles (top), $207.36 per yard, John Robshaw, $176.90 per yard at Y&Co. Zig Zag 6-by-9-foot carpet by Madeline Weinrib, $1,328.25 at Y&Co. Fire extinguisher by Amerex, $248. Elysée armchair and ottoman by Pierre Paulin for Ligne Roset, $2,378 and $1,139 at Kiosk. Pillow, $19.99 at HomeSense. Notebook by Moleskine, $24. Slink 5-by-8-foot rug, $399 at CB2.
Evocative of sea and sky, Pantone’s Monaco Blue and other ultramarine tones are peaceful and relaxing. To avoid zoning out altogether, however, “generate visual interest by varying textures and patterns,” stylist Stephanie Saunders says. Pair matte with shiny, solids with geometrics. Your (blue) horizons are endless. Painting, $49.99 at HomeSense. Rina wallpaper by Antonina Vella, $72.95 per roll at Primetime Paint & Paper. Linen fabric in Poppy Indigo by John Robshaw, $176.90 per yard at Y&Co. Harput Chair in organic wool by sohoConcept, $495 at UpCountry. Paddle Bench by Samare Studio, $1,490 at Klaus. Stool E60 by Alvar Aalto for Artek, $345 at Klaus. Birdhouse, $12.99 at HomeSense. Paint, Big Country Blue (2066-30) by Benjamin Moore, from $35.99 per can.
When decorating monochromatically, there’s no need to be a purist. On its own, the electric hue that Pantone calls Tender Shoots can add an energizing jolt to rooms. (See the lamp and chairs shown here.) As versatile as it is vivid, it also works well with other greens, from olive to avocado. Supernatural chair by Moroso, $260 at Klaus. Love seat, $599.99 at select HomeSense stores. Buddha, $19.99 at HomeSense. Ceramic stool $59.99 at select HomeSense stores. Vase, $19.99 at HomeSense. Primed door, $25.87 at Home Depot. Paint (on wall and door), Pear Green (2028-40) by Benjamin Moore, from $35.99 per can. Lamp, $79.99 at select HomeSense stores. 1951 Stacking Chair by Emeco, $460 at Klaus. Chi Chi Kari 6-by-9-foot carpet by Madeline Weinrib, $1,328.25 at Y&Co.