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Here at HGTV.com, we’re already fans of saturated, moody emerald green — we even chose it as our September Color of the Month! So we were thrilled when we heard that color authority Pantone crowned the color its 2013 Color of the Year.

This sophisticated shade has slowly worked its way into fashion and home, from red carpet looks to vibrant home accents. Pantone considered the color’s emotional appeal, too: “Symbolically, emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world,” remarked Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in today’s press release.

One of the hue’s best qualities is its ability to be both luxurious and casual, both modern and classic. Designer Andrea Schumacher gave the classic white kitchen a twist by painting this home’s island an unexpected emerald green and pairing the hue with blue floral wallpaper and Murano glass chandeliers.

Green Blue White Palette

Emerald is bold enough to be used as an accent color in a neutral space, like designer Jolene Huitt did here with monochromatic accessories in this high-end bathroom.

Green Neutral Palette
But emerald can be more playful, too, when paired with other hues from the green family or friends from across the color wheel like orange and yes, even red. Designer Linda Bergrot created the inspired pattern pairing in this bright, airy living room.

Emerald Green Palette

What do you think of Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year choice? How will you use emerald green next year?


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36 Responses

  1. Joni says:

    Been there…done that. Not a new color for me. My mom painted her LR that green in 1952. I painted my kitchen that color in 1980. And I just moved into a condo partly to get rid of carpeting that color. I guess what goes around comes around. I'm hooked on beiges/browns with a pop of turquoise.

  2. jan says:

    Put our moderately dark emerald green carpet in during 1977. Loved it until last year, I became little tired of it. Talk about good carpet, it is still in good shape and never showed soil. I am wondering what will not only wear until I am worn out, but not make me sick after a few year – like the tans, etc. I guess white and emerald are the best choices for me, for now. It is like having Mother Nature's grass inside our home. What could be more soothing. However, now that I am older, I find softer colors becoming more appealing.

  3. Tanya says:

    All I can say is eeew.

  4. debra says:

    I decorate the way I like & don't worry about what's "in". I have no desire to use this color anywhere. The colors in my home are in cream, periwinkle blue & mauve. I took my inspiration from Monet paintings, who has always been one of my favorite artists, and it has created a relaxing atmosphere to live in, which was what I wanted.

  5. Lee from Pa says:

    I have lived thru the 80's and always liked emerald green and also lighter shades of green, glad to hear its back.

  6. AlisonVDB says:

    Pantone's success relies on how it can blend well with so many different colors. Which ones do you think work best? To see more tips on how to use this beautiful emerald, whether as an accent or as a feature item, OR to download a free decor guide, check out http://decorandyouhr.com/blog/bid/170583/Using-Pa….

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