The Color of the Year for 2013 Is …

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

Home interiors are going green this year. Pantone has named “Emerald” its color of the year for 2013.

Pantone describes the jewel-like hue as a “lively, radiant, lush green” that can offer sophistication and luxury.

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

Emerald paint, accents, and accessories will likely be decorating more home interiors this year. Pantone says that Emerald can be used to add luxury to an entryway, powder room, dining room, or study, or it can help transform a living room by using it as an accent wall. Emerald-colored bedding, pillows, and bath towels will also likely be making its way into more decors this year, Pantone says.

Emerald replaces last year’s color of the year — the reddish orange color known as “tangerine tango.”

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. All hues of emerald will be perfect this year. It’s a subliminal positive touch to have a splash of green throughout a home.

  2. Loving the Emerald! It complements everyone and is a fresh accent in interiors. Pantone does it again!!

  3. As a professional stager, I would never advise a seller to use a trendy paint color, like this otherwise attractive “Emerald”, or “Tangerine Tango”, for that matter.There are far too many buyers who wouldn’t appreciate them, and why would you want to limit interest in the house? I prefer to add green with plants, which are not only beautiful, they convey numerous positive messages about the house.

    The whole notion of a color of the year, which we’re supposed to use like sheep, is just plain silly.

  4. Hi Melissa, nice article…you know in our area we are seeng alot of Navy blue in accent walls and the richer neutrals in darker tones. That NAVY blue surprized me but is quite chic’ when done well. Keep on writing, as always, I enjoy your posts.

  5. The emerald green goes amazing with the gold taps and shower enclosures. I seriously just finished a total house reno and threw out all the emerald carpet, counter tops etc. from 1989/1990. I really dislike the thought that we are already back!

  6. I think color adds to the appeal of the home. It makes your house stand out. even if the buyer doesn’t like the color, it makes your home seem brighter and more unique. Basic white is so boring and doesn’t make the home seem special. A color also shows that the owners cared about the home and implies that they took care of the home.