Breaking News: Emerald Is Pantone

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For lots of people, December means one thing: Pantone’s introduction of the color of the year. (You were thinking of something else?) In past years, we’ve met the brilliant orange of Tangerine Tango (2012); we’ve gone gaga for the intense pink of Honeysuckle (2011); and we’ve fallen head over heels for deep blue-green of Turquoise (2010). For 2013, though, it’s all about the jewel-like shade of Emerald.

Lush and bright, Emerald is Pantone’s color of the year for 2013. Image, Pantone.

In honor of the new superstar color, we here at Granada Tile wanted to share our own take on the hue. We must be on the same wavelength as the folks at Pantone. As you can see, Emerald, aka Pine on our palette, works beautifully with our many cement tile designs.

 A selection of Granada Tile’s cement tile designs in emerald hues. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Go the classic route and try it on with Normandy. You can use it as the ground color or just pick out elements. Complement it with sage, a lighter shade and white. Take a similar approach with Toscano—an Italian influenced tile design—too, by using pine and adding white and sage.

 Sage and pine lighten the formality of our Normandy cement tile. Tile photo, Granada Tile.
 Sage and white accent pine in this take on our Toscano tile design. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Of course you can go geometric with pine, too. We love how it looks with Fez and with Ardoz. The strong shapes take well to the bold color. We could easily see either in a sunny kitchen tile installation or a chic bathroom tile installation.

 Fez gets the pine treatment. Tile photo, Granada Tile.
 Bright and geometric, our Ardoz pattern cement tiles in pine. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Don’t forget that you can also add other colors to spice things up. We love how the mustard medallions on Rabatreally pop against the pine and white diamonds. It’s an elegant interpretation that would look great in a more formal tile installation, say in an entrance hall.

Are you already in love with the color of the year, Emerald? Then be sure to use our Interactive Echo Collection Catalogue and our custom layout tool to create your own Emerald-inspired cement tile designs. When you’re done, of course, don’t forget to share them on our Share Designs site. [subscribe2]

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