Color of the Year 2013: Emerald

Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year has been announced and it has transported us straight to Oz’s capitol city.

We’re seeing emerald green, a lively hue just begging to be included in a vibrant wedding celebration. Read on for ways to be inspired by one of the world's most precious gemstones.

Green Scene

Use emerald’s rich jewel tone to inject color into your décor. For a wedding that calls upon nature for inspiration, mix emerald with lighter and darker hues to create a woodsy feel. Instead of using flowers, focus on vines, ferns and mosses to bring emerald’s brightness to your ceremony and reception. Use lush fabrics with interesting textures to play off of the sophistication and elegance associated with the gem. 

Emerald Elegance

Don’t limit emerald’s influence to your décor. Accent your wedding dress with bright accessories, whether they are real emeralds, enamel or quartz. Mix in touches of gold for a modern and opulent look. Turn to emerald and silver for a color combination reminiscent of the Art Deco era, like the Bel Air Starburst earrings from Alexis Bittar.

When it comes to your bouquet, add touches of green with leaves or go all-out with a bouquet made of succulents. Combine different sizes, shapes and colors for depth and visual interest.

While you may want to limit your accessories to a few touches of green, go bold with your bridesmaids and outfit them entirely in emerald. Choose airy chiffon for a sweet springtime look (like this one from Jim Hjelm) or take a note from the gem itself and choose shimmering satin à la Romona Keveza Couture for a more formal celebration.

Take It Home

Bring this bright shade from your reception into your home for pops of color that will liven up any living space. Accessorize your kitchen with a DeLonghi toaster that will make mornings truly exciting or display fresh flowers in a Waterford Aaraglin Prestige vase that mimics an emerald’s iconic facets. Dress up your table in casual emerald elegance with the coupe-shaped Colorwave Green by Noritake.

Mix It Up

While emerald looks gorgeous on its own or when complemented by other shades of green, it also works quite well with completely different colors. Keep it simple and elegant by using emerald to accent a purple color scheme, or go bold and mix it in with gold and pops of fuchsia for playful décor that says you’re ready to party!


-Jaimie Schoen

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