It’s been months of speculation, rumors, incorrect reporting (that the color was Monaco Blue)and just plain old confusion as to what Pantone’s highly anticipated Color of the year for 2013 will be. As I wrote about here, Pantone is the top dog in the color predicting space and Pantone’s tradition of designating a Color of the year has become a very big deal to anyone working with or who loves color.

Well the announcement just came down so say goodbye to Tangerine Tango and say hello to  Emerald.


Pantone’s Color of the year 2013

Emerald, a vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony. It seems the perfect choice to me and I am so happy to see this color going into 2013.

Emerald green

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2013

As a color consultant, one tip I would like to share if you plan to use Emerald on your walls, is be sure to make it the star and surround it with lot’s of neutral  (like white) to give the eye a place to rest. Look at this beautiful bathroom with Emerald green walls…stunning.

and this gorgeous bed room. In both photos Emerald is the star and white is used as the grounding neutral.

emerald green


emerald walls

Emerald also pairs so well with Gray, the new on trend neutral we are seeing so often.

emerald drapes

If you want to bring Emerald green into your home but not sure you want to make such a big commitment here are a few photos to inspire you of ways to  us Emerald Green as an accent color.

Pillows are always a great way to introduce a pop of color.


Decor Pad

How about painting a flea market find Emerald Green?

emerald furniture

I love how this Emerald Green chair adds a pop of color to this space

emerald green chair

and who wouldn’t LOVE an Emerald Green velvet head board!

emerald green head board

Lastly, one of my all time favorite powder rooms is this one done by Katie Ridder.

Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

So what do you think of  Pantone’s Color of the Year? will you be bringing it into your home?

If you would like help incorporating Emerald Green in your home or any other color, give me a call.


Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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