Pantone's Color of the Year for 2013

December 13, 2013 | Alex

Every December, Pantone announces the "Color of the Year" for the upcoming calendar year. The Color of the Year for 2013 is...drum roll, please...Emerald (17-5641)!

I tend to associate emerald green with more traditional interiors-- I picture thick velvet drapes or malachite objet d'art. But after some light internet browsing, I'm satisfied that the official color of 2013 can be worked into a modern home. 

Here are a few examples of interiors with a punch of emerald that still feel contemporary:


If you're looking to add some emerald to your home, try one of these! (But not the Koen Lybaert painting, please-- I've asked Santa to earmark it for me. Or maybe Saatchi Online would consider a promotional exchange where I wear it like a sandwich board for a week with stamped on my forehead?):



  1. Painting "abstract N° 393" by Koen Lybaert; Oil, 2012, via Saatchi Online - $850
  2. Kaleidoscope Pillow - blue/green, ABC Home - $54
  3. Spring Green Ice Box, Jonathan Adler - $195
  4. Tube Top Colors Lamp by Pablo - Bright Green, via Lumens - $120
  5. Totem Rug, CB2 - $249 (on sale)
  6. Mohair Blanket - Green, Hijos de Cecilio Valganon, via Bergdorf Goodman - $350 ea.

For more inspiration, see Pantone's Pinterest board, Saatchi Online's Pinterest board, Apartment Therapy's post, or Design Sponge's post on Emerald's twin sister hue-- Malachite.