Saturday, December 22, 2012

2013 Color of the Year: Emerald Green

Every December, the oracles of Pantone LLC emerge from their shadowy offices in New Jersey just long enough to declare the next Color of the Year. So as 2012 comes to a close, we say goodbye to Tangerine Tango and hello to Emerald Green.  Expect the hue to be plastered on everything from new cars to toaster ovens. Pantone promises that Emerald will "enhance our sense of well-being, balance, and harmony." That's a lot of pressure to put on a color, but Emerald seems up to the task. Lilly Pulitzer has already incorporated the shade into three of its newest prints.

Lilly Pulitzer Crown Jewels print
Of course, some retailers have been singing the praises of Emerald all along.

The 75.47 ct. Hooker Emerald, in a brooch designed by
Tiffany & Co.


  1. Oh I love emerald green and am delighted that it's getting its turn in the spotlight, I hope something emerald comes my way this year.

  2. Hello Merry Wife, I don't think that I'll redesign my home on Pantone's say-so, but I took a look around to see if any emerald was already there. Sometimes a bright green is used as the background color in old woodcarvings. Also, there are those occasional tinges or flashes of emerald green in jade.
    --Road to Parnassus

    1. Funny you should mention that - to my eye, the Pantone swatch looks more jade than emerald.

  3. I look much better in Emerald than Orange so I'm glad for their pronouncement.
    I do find green calming and restful. Always welcome in this frazzled world.

    1. You're right - it is a very calming color.

      Sadly, I've never been able to pull off orange.


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