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It's Easy to Be Green

Posted on January 24, 2013 by HFN Staff


Emerald is Pantone's color pick for 2013, and this jewel-toned hue is making its presence felt across the country at trade shows from New York to Los Angeles.

While its predecessor--Tangerine Tango--provided an invigorating energy boost, Emerald has a calming effect, nurturing balance and harmony--just what we need in today's economy.

"Symbolically, emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world," said 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."

For the home, there's green aplenty in the future--enough to make others green with envy. Whether alone or paired with neutrals or other colorful hues, emerald brings a saturated sophistication to any decor.  

"As it has throughout history, multifaceted emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate," said Eiseman.--Andrea Lillo



One of Genevieve Gorder's newest flatweave designs, this pattern is one of several that are colored in emerald in the collection. capelrugs.com

Le Creuset

Le Creuset's classic 5.5-quart round French oven comes in a range of colors, including fennel. lecreuset.com

The Phillips Collection

The Glitz stool marries wood and resin into one eye-catching accent piece. Available in translucent, brown and, here, green resin. phillipscollection.com

Room Copenhagen

The cup classic from Room Copenhagen is wrapped in an emerald silicone waistband, adding a cheerful jolt to the morning cup of joe. roomcph.com


Company C

Inspired by a vintage dress found at Massachusetts' Brimfield Antique Show, Company C's new Gretchen bedding uses shades of julep and emerald in an overscaled brushstroke design. companyc.com


Colors like emerald work on small electrics, too. The Pump Espresso Maker from De'Longhi's kMix collection is designed with a swivel jet frother, a 34-ounce water tank and a removable drip tray. delonghi.com


Pearson, part of Furniture Brands International, offers this sofa featuring velvet from Belgium. pearsoncompany.com


J.C. Penney

J.C. Penney launches the first-ever line of Pantone bedding and bath products this month, which will include bedding, pillows, bath towels and accessories in emerald. jcp.com

Gilt Home

For style on the go, the Romagna Jersey travel set from Sofia Cashmere is constructed of two-ply jersey knit cashmere and includes a throw, a matching eye mask and zippered carrying case. gilt.com/home


Printing on-trend designs and color palettes onto jute, Feizy's new Moneta collection is handloomed and backed in canvas and includes transitional ikat, medallion and floral patterns. feizy.com

Sur La Table

Made exclusively for Sur La Table, this green medium-striped kitchen towel is in a new color palette for spring. Made of cotton in India. surlatable.com

Currey & Company

The Garbo Settee is made of European Beech wood in an antique gold finish. The fabric is the Rumer pattern in emerald. curreyco.com