As the close of 2012 brought with it the much anticipated announcement of the 2013 Pantone Colour of the Year, design circles around the globe responded with resounding positivity. After all, this is nature’s go-to hue, so what’s not to love? Not just your average shade of green, there’s more to Emerald than meets the eye; it’s a colour with seemingly endless depth as it comes alive in a host of applications. Among its role in fashion, interiors and retail, Pantone 17-5641 Emerald will be making an appearance at this year’s Decorex Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban shows. And it’s in keeping with 2013’s Decorex theme of BLISS, thanks to the shade’s alliance with regeneration, new life and abundance. Of its ability to outshine the rest, Pantone Colour Institute’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, says, ‘As it is throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and interiors.’ Expect to see lashings of this dazzling jewel tone at Decorex 2013. Visit their website at decorex.co.za for dates and show costs. For up-to-the-minute Emerald inspiration, follow DecorexSA’s Enviable Emerald board on Pinterest.