Emerald city… Pantone’s 2013 color of the year

Design geeks like myself eagerly await the early-December announcement of Pantone’s color of the year. Pantone, a global authority on color across multiple design industries, unveiled its 2013 Color of the Year17-5641, better known as Emerald.

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According to Pantone, the punchy color was chosen because it is “Lively. Radiant. Lush …  A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

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Each year, Pantone methodically selects its honorary Color of the Year. Pantone, a color shepherd, so to speak, scours the world studying color influences from trends in film to current socio-economic conditions.

After Pantone settles on its elected annual hue, its decision, in turn, affects product development across design.

Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear collections have already been graced by the jewel tone’s presence from Vivienne Tam’s translucent geometric prints to Michael Kors’ rugby stripes to Zac Posen’s timeless gowns.


Emerald is  “lively, radiant, and lush. A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our  sense of well-being, balance, and harmony”, according to Pantone.


Yes, it is not easy being green, but pairing the energetic color as a complement with black and white or using it as a an accent for a pop of color can breathe new life into a space. Do not fear the green!



Because Emerald can easily overwhelm a space creating something right out of the Emerald Isle (and not in a good way), allow your usage of this powerful shade to be purposeful in the home:

  • Paint one accent wall
  • Wallpaper one wall in an Emerald print like toile or geometric shapes
  • Add a lamp with a patterned drum
  • Repaint a dresser or nightstand
  • Incorporate the color through artwork
  • Cook and clean in style with Emerald appliances

merald is a serene color… you can use as an accent wall color :


It also works very well with neutrals:


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If you desire a little less in-your-face green, opt for Emerald dinnerware, throw pillows or bath linens, which still incorporate the luscious color without being overly intrusive in the home.




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