Emerald Green: Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2013

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Emerald green is a bright, medium green with a slight bluish undertone. It’s a beautiful, natural color associated with its namesake gemstone, Ireland and the capital of Oz. It’s also Pantone’s pick for 2013’s color of the year.

Since developing a system for standardizing color use in the graphic arts industry in 1963, Pantone has become a major force for all things color in the fashion, paint, graphics, textile, automobile, digital and plastics industries. Along with creating color-matching systems that allow various industries to ensure that color portrayal is consistent, Pantone also keeps tabs on consumer and designer preferences for color, and once a year, hosts a meeting of various nation’s color standards groups, who choose a color for the following year.

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Pantone describes emerald green – 17-5641 in the Pantone Color Matching System – as “Lively, radiant and lush… a color that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” You can expect to see this lovely shade of green popping up everywhere in 2013, from makeup collections to housewares to clothing to automobiles. If you want to add a bit of rich, bright yet tranquil color to your life, it’s hard to go wrong with emerald green.


Flattering on just about everyone with cool undertones in their skin, you can add a punch of color to your spring and summer wardrobe in 2013 without looking tacky or unsophisticated. Green combines beautifully with many other colors, including:

  • Black
  • Brown
  • Tan
  • Gray
  • Silver
  • Denim

You don’t have to go all-over green to get in the emerald spirit. Even a small dab of this strong color will lift your mood and brighten your wardrobe.

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Add a bit of emerald with small touches:

  • Jewelry – real or faux emeralds are beautiful in rings, earrings, pins and necklaces
  • Belt – a leather belt in green livens up even the most neutral outfit
  • Socks – have fun with a brightly patterned pair of socks
  • Handbag – whether you prefer a tailored clutch or a big hobo bag, you’ll find a wide assortment of emerald purses to choose from in 2013
  • Shoes – flats, heels, boots or flip flops all look great in an unexpected touch of green
  • Scarf – wrap it around your neck, use it as a belt or fashion a headband

Make a bigger splash with an emerald green:

  • Tee shirt or blouse – make it casual in cotton, or luxurious in satin or silk
  • Jacket – anything from denim to a tailored wool jacket for work
  • Pants – it takes a bit of nerve to wear a pair of bright green pants outside of St. Patrick’s Day, but you can tone it down with a neutral top and shoes
  • Sweater – Solid or patterned, a green sweater will keep you warm and stylish

Go green all over with a:

  • Dress – Whether it’s emerald satin for a formal dinner, or a green knit sundress at the park, you will make an impression
  • Pants suit – The new power color, emerald green gives you presence and poise
  • Coat – the perfect topper for your wardrobe

Don’t think you have to stick with solid blocks of green; you’ll find patterns in every type of clothing mixing green with white, neutrals or other bright colors.

Emerald Green Beauty Products

You’ll find emerald green in many cosmetic companies spring and summer collections for 2013. If you have warm, yellow undertones to your skin, emerald green is not a flattering color for you, but skin with cool, blue undertones from the fairest to the darkest can carry this bold color.

Though covering your entire eye from lash to brow in emerald green might be a bit too disco for your tastes, a thin line of emerald green along your lash line is subtly beautiful and really sparks up brown, green or hazel eyes. Take it up a notch with a smoky green just on your lid, or add a flirty touch with green mascara.

You’ll find emerald green nail polish with finishes from soft satin to highly sparkly. Give your toenails a fun touch of green to peek out of open-toed shoes or sandals. If you like to be a bit daring, give your fingernails a coat of emerald, too.

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Emerald Green Housewares

Give your house a quick makeover with a few decorating accessories in green. You can add emerald to your home with:

  • Throw pillows
  • Towels
  • Small rugs
  • Picture frames
  • Candles
  • Trays and serveware
  • Bedding
  • Plant pots
  • Teapot

Emerald is a strong color, so it doesn’t take much to spark up a neutral room, or add some life to an otherwise drab color scheme. If you want to really make a statement, paint a focal-point wall in emerald, or cover an old couch with a slipcover in this lush color. You can also bring attention to a picture window with emerald green drapes, or light up a room with an emerald lamp.

You’ll be seeing emerald green pop up everywhere in 2013, from fashion to graphic design. It’s a beautiful, lively color that isn’t harsh or gaudy, perfect for adding chic style to your home, your wardrobe and your beauty essentials.

Last Updated: December 27, 2012
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About Michelle Ullman Michelle Ullman has lived and gardened in Southern California since childhood. A freelance writer, she covers topics ranging from gardening to home improvement to health issues. She also has experience as a catalog copywriter and poet. Michelle has trained and worked as a respiratory therapist and surgical technologist, but prefers to spend her time gardening, and walking with her dog. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Redlands University in Business Management. 

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