Pantone Unearths Emerald as Its 2013 Shade of the Year

Emerald has landed at the peak of the color wheel, named by Pantone because its Shade of the Year for 2013. Pantone’s yearly color forecasts get a lot of buzz. Can they affect how you decorate each year?

And do you wonder what goes into the choosing? “To arrive in the choice, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences,” according to the organization. “This may include the entertainment business and films in production, travel art collections, sexy new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences can also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that affect color, as well as upcoming sports events which capture worldwide attention.” Spring sets by Tracy Reese, Nanette Lepore, Barbara Tfank, NAHM and Marimekko are listed as influences.

Poll: Vote for your preferred 2013 color forecast

In case you are also wondering what all this color-predicting clout may lead to, then be watching for your Sephora and Pantone Universe 2013 Color of the Year attractiveness collection, along with a Pantone bed and bath collection at JCPenny. Hmmmm…

Anything you consider this yearly announcement, it gives us an opportunity to inspect the ways designers are utilizing a particular colour, which I always appreciate. Emerald is a color taken straight from nature, on leaves both matte and glossy in addition to in the stone. What I find most interesting about utilizing emerald in house decor is its own split personality — it’s moods which are downright crunchy granola, then it can transform into a glamorous diva in a moment’s notice.

This implies it’s great versatility: You can take it in a more rustic direction (believe leaves and stalks ) or go full-out jewel-tone glam (believe the $30 million worth of stone that Richard Burton gave Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cleopatra.) Check and see whether any of these emerald rooms match your mood.

Rikki Snyder

Glam in the living room. Interior designer Jamie Drake had his eye centered on emerald when he put together this magnificent room for the Kips Bay show house in New York.

Cristi Holcombe Interiors, LLC

Natural in the living room. If you’re intrigued by emerald but are not prepared to commit to full walls or upholstery occupations, deliver it in through nonpermanent textiles and accessories, such as pillows, rugs, plates, bottles, curtains or glassware.

Laura Britt Design

Glam in the bath. The glossier surfaces in this bathroom give emerald a contemporary Hollywood-glamour moment.


Natural in the bath. Emerald brings in strong color and calm to this well-balanced bathroom.

For Folks design

Glamorous accent pieces. As a jewel tone, it also brings elegance to rooms bedecked in metallics and marble.

Cristi Holcombe Interiors, LLC

Natural accent pieces. Because it’s a color found in nature, emerald works with rustic all-natural materials, like glass, wood and rope.

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

Glam in the kitchen. This kitchen emerald isle takes its colour from a lavish floral Stark wall covering.


Natural in the kitchen. An antiqued paint finish on these cabinets adds a rustic, farmhouse-inspired touch.

Carlyn And Company Interiors + Design

Glam in the bedroom. Malachite can come out of nature, but it’s a high-end kind of nature. This large-scale piece on the wall is really a showstopper.

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc..

Natural in the bedroom. A bright faux bois bedspread and other all-natural textures create a restful, contemporary bedroom.

Erica George Dines Photography

Glam seat. A large and bright porter’s seat creates a strong design statement in this bright white entryway.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Natural seat. Paired with warm and light neutrals, these green seats enliven the space with their color and geometric pattern.

Story & Space – Interior Design and Color Guidance

Glam at the Office. An animal print on a bergère chair along with a glistening parson’s desk stick out in front of an emerald wall.

Melaragno Design Company, LLC

Natural in the office. Emerald hues were popular during the Arts and Crafts era, which looked to nature for color palettes.

Erica George Dines Photography

Perfect pairing. I enjoy a green like emerald, kelly or apple best paired with sharp white and black. It is a fairly bold and refreshing move.

Rikki Snyder

What do you think about Pantone’s decision? And do you believe it hit the mark with this past year’s Tangerine Tango pick?

Maybe you want one of the major paint company’s selections for 2013. Glidden is going with a exotic and dark colour, Indigo Night. The choice of benjamin Moore is really a gleam. Sherwin-Williams is choosing for classic nostalgia with its Aloe pick. Yolo Colorhouse is considering reclaimed wood and other rustic materials using its subdued organic palette.

Vote: Do not forget to have your say in our 2013 color trends poll!

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