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Color Trend:  Emerald Green

Color Trend: Emerald Green

Pantone, the color experts, recently named Emerald Green the Color of the Year for 2013.  They describe this color as “Lively. Radiant. Lush…A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”  In the coming months, you can be sure that Emerald will be showing up in clothing stores and home decor boutiques alike.  Read on for a peek at some of the great items you can already find in this trendy color, and tips on how to bring it successfully into your home.

Pantone Emerald

Unlike the earthy, olive, sage greens that have been popular in recent years, Emerald has more blue undertones and is less gray than its relatives.  This jewel tone is less of a neutral than its earthier counterparts, bringing a punch of color into a room.  Nonetheless, Emerald is at home in many different color schemes.  This pillow available currently from Target illustrates one of those color schemes beautifully.  Pair emerald with various blues and greens for a fresh take on those earthy hues.

This little gem also shows how easy it can be to bring emerald into your existing color scheme.  If you already have olive, sage or sky blue in your home, Emerald can play nicely with all of those hues – no need to redecorate your entire home to achieve this trendy look.

Target floral pillow

Photo courtesy of Target


Emerald also works well with a pop of yellow, as you can see from the pillow above as well as in this simple plastic storage bin, also from Target:

Target bin

Photo courtesy Target

How about tossing this cozy little piece on your sofa or bed this winter?  This faux fur throw available on Amazon is a fun way to bring the Emerald trend home in a small way:

Amazon fur emerald throw

Photo courtesy Amazon

Bring a splash of color into your kitchen with this Emerald cookware from Rachael Ray:

Target emerald cookware

Photo courtesy Target


This Marimekko bedding set available from Crate and Barrel blends various tones of blue and green – including emerald – beautifully:

Tikkula bedding

Photo courtesy Crate and Barrel

And, of course, I can’t forget my favorite home decor shopping site, Etsy.  This hand-printed houndstooth pillow from Giardino would be gorgeous on nearly any sofa or chair:

Etsy Giardino

Photo courtesy Giardino on Etsy


Emerald green also pairs nicely with navy, charcoal gray, chocolate brown and tangerine.  Nearly any color scheme can benefit from the fresh addition of emerald.  Expect to see Emerald popping up all over the home decor world over the coming year, and find a way to bring a touch of it into your home this year!

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One Response to Color Trend: Emerald Green

  1. […] as exciting a color as they had hoped for; after all, the past several years, we’ve enjoyed Emerald Green, Tangerine Tango and Radiant Orchid.  Marsala is decidedly less “wow” than those […]

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