Pantone’s Color of the Year 2013, Emerald Green, in action!

Who knew I’d end up embracing Pantone’s Color of the Year so wholeheartedly?

Pantone's color of the year 2013: Emerald Green, as seen in a bedroom

Emerald Green,  I apologize! I’m sorry I doubted you! I was counting on a liberal interpretation of the color — grassy green, yellowy green, limey green — to get me through 2013. Turns out I don’t need to!

I mean, look at that bedroom up there! Love the green on green with the lamps and the wall color. Please don’t carry the green into the adjacent bathroom, though…funny things can happen when you paint a bathroom green. Ask me how I know that.

And how awesome is this stair runner with black and white? We did a green stair runner last year — we’re SO ahead of the trends ;) — and it was smashing.

Emerald Stair Runner

We’ve been deep into tile-land lately…these green tiles are fantastic, aren’t they? Look carefully: they’re just hexagonals, but the pattern and installation make them so edgy. Love them with the tub. (Note to self: layer the same color via different elements in a room.)

Pantone's color of the year 2013: Emerald Green tile and bathtub

Here are a few ideas for incorporating Emerald Green into your home this year:


Pantone's color of the year 2013: Emerald Green small changes

Convinced? If you’re still on the fence, stay tuned. Post coming soon of my very own, brand spanking new dining room rug. Guess what color it is?

1. Etsy Decorative Pillow Cover; 2. Emerald Isle Pillow Cover; 3. Jonathan Adler Zebra Pillow (I’ve been wanting one of his needlepoint zebra rugs forever. Maybe I’ll do a pillow instead); 4. Etsy Vintage Style Sign; 5. Case Glass Table Lamp; 6. Ovo Table Lamp; 7. South of Market Loveseat; 8. Glass Charger Plate; 9. Glass Votive Holder; 10. Baccarat Water Glass. The splurge item, obviously!

Quoted in publications from The New York Times to The Washington Post to Real Simple magazine, Annie Elliott is considered an expert in color, residential space planning, and telling people what to do in the nicest way possible. Her interior design firm, bossy color, has been serving residents in the greater Washington, D.C. area since 2004.



  1. says

    Emerald green has always been my absolutely favorite color. (It’s also my birthstone, so I identify strongly with it.) So glad the rest of the world has now belatedly recognized its regal gorgeousness! Can’t wait to see your new DR rug. ;-)

  2. Sheila says

    I’m JUST NOW catching up with turquoise, getting all flirty with it….remind me what year was that Pantone’s color?

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    Becky, so inexcusably late in getting back to you! And with no good info: I don’t know, unfortunately. If you find them, please let me know! Thanks so much for writing in.

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