Pantone’s ‘Emerald’- 2013 Color of the Year

December 17, 2012


Pantone recently announced ‘Emerald’ as its ‘Color of the Year’ for 2013:



via Pantone



According to Pantone, “Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of ’Emerald’ is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions… Symbolically, ‘Emerald’  brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world.”






Last week I was fortunate to get a closeup look at one of my favorite paintings, ‘The Dancer’, by Gustav Klimt, at The Neue Galerie in Manhattan. The colors in the painting (above) are so lush, but my eye was immediately drawn to the green with both yellow and blue undertones in the upper third of the painting. ‘Emerald’ came to mind.



via National Geographic



According to  Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum”.



via National Geographic



I had to include this fabulous image of a house in Vietnam, painted an intense green.



via the a estate



The color is showing up everywhere… from handbags to cars.   This jewel-toned green can be fabulous as an accent color but could be a bit tricky on walls.


And there is always one way to inject a bit of  ”green” into your home this time of year:



via yvestown







One Response

  1. Jean,
    I’ve been searching for the perfect emerald green handbag for months now. Still haven’t found JUST the right one . . . Luckily, there will probably be more options to choose from now, right?

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