Decorating Ideas

2013 Color of the Year: Emerald

Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of color standards for the design industries, has selected Emerald as the Color of the Year for 2013.  Described as a “lively, radiant, lush green”, Pantone 17-5641 (the actual number assigned to the color Emerald) is said to promote balance and harmony.

Picking green is good news for gardeners since it’s the predominant color found in nature. We are automatically in fashion whenever we step outdoors into the garden.

Apparently emerald is also considered sophisticated and luxurious. Think emerald gemstones. It’s considered the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, and in some cultures represents healing and unity.

So how does a company pick one color to be the color of the year? The Pantone experts search the world looking for color trends, asking designers and brands for the color they are featuring in the coming year. It’s been a long time coming—emerald’s last rise to prominence was in the 1980s.

Expect to see emerald green in everything from clothing, nail polish and eye shadow to pillows, paint colors and even iPhone cases. And, of course, in plants.