Color of the Year 2013

cottage dining room with color of the year 2013 emerald green on white tablecloth - house to home via AtticmagIt’s official! Emerald, the color of money, is the color of the year 2013.

Years ago, when I was writing about food for the Chicago Tribune, and later at Newsday, I would produce the annual “in and out” list. I loved doing that trend story because it was easy to see how things had changed thoughout the year. But unlike the world of fashion and restaurants, home décor trends move very slowly. You can be crazy for a color on a piece of clothing but it’s a different matter on a couch. That’s why the annual naming of Pantone annual color of the year can be exciting or, like last year’s awful Tangerine Tango, merely amusing. Some hipster will buy an orange sofa but how quickly will that look dated? swatch of Emerald, Pantone Color of the Year 2013 - Pantone via Atticmag

The news for 2013 is that Emerald — “the color of prosperity,” as they are delicately phrasing it — is back. It was a huge color during the 1970s when the late, great Yves St. Laurent – still my favorite designer ever – used emerald as a basic. Of course a similar green is also the color of Christmas, grass and plants like clover used in the tablecloth pattern  [top].

color of the year 2013 - Chinese Art Deco rug with emerald green field or background - AtticmagI confess to actually having owned a pair of emerald-colored St. Laurent bell bottoms and matching Gucci shoes (long gone) as well as this Chinese Art Deco living room rug with an emerald green background (which I sold in 2007). Lately I’ve gone for more subtle greens but emerald remains a favorite.

color of the year 2013 emerald green in a Noritake Fitzgerald dinner plate - via atticmagIn small doses, emerald-band china can be great. Noritake’s Fitzgerald sets a striking table. Wedgewood’s vintage Powder Green Ulander is the predecessor of this style, popular during the ‘60s, that lives on today only at Replacements.

color of the year 2013 emerald green Venini Fazzoletti Murano glass vase - Barneys NY via AtticmagBarney’s New York sells the chic Italian Murano glass Venini Fazzoletti vase.

color of the year 2013 emerald green in Flavor Paper's emerald and gold Starglint wallpaper - Flavor Paper via AtticmagAnyone who loves wallpaper should check out Flavor Paper, which has some mad designs including this emerald-and-gold Starglint paper pattern.

color of the year 2013 emerald green goatskin console "bracelet" table in the style of Karl Springer - first dibs via atticmagFor me, this “bracelet” console table is a little scary looking but, thinking back, a lot of the fashion and the furniture from the 1970s could be described that way (including my green rug). The finish was meant to mimic malachite. Then again, in the right house – say a huge monochromatic loft with reclaimed wood, tons of concrete and natural light, this table could be nothing short of emerald city.

(Source: housetohome, Pantone, Barney’sNY, FlavorPapers,, 1stdibs)

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