Will The Real Emerald Green Please Stand Up?

Written by Kelly on December 7th, 2012


I am a bit confused on this new color story. As you have heard this past week, Pantone announced the color of 2013 as Emerald Green:

Here is my problem- doesn’t that sample above look teal to you? When I picture the color emerald green in my mind, this is the color I see:


And this:

Emerald green dining room.


My emerald green does not have that much blue in it. A cleaner and brighter yellow green is how I would describe emerald green.

To confuse me even more, here is a Pantone product coffee mug advertised:

PANTONE 2013 Color of the Year Mug – Emerald


To me, that color looks turquoise. Not anywhere near emerald green. When I envision emerald green, I think of a jewel-toned color like this headboard:

emerald upholstered headboard


And these walls:


This is the color emerald green I am falling for:

emerald green


Now look at these headboards below that are listed as being emerald green:

emerald green


They look turquoise/teal to me. What do you think??

This is emerald green to me:

Emerald green dining room.


Do you think of emerald green when you look at this picture below:?

House of Turquoise: 2013 Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald


I do not think so. Maybe a couple of the plates on the back wall. Can someone explain this?  My emerald green:

emerald green door!


What are your thoughts? Do you agree with me or do you think I am not seeing something? This stuff bothers me! :)

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


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18 Comments so far ↓

  1. Completely agree with you! I am going to use your emarald green colour for my living room makeover, some of those pictures you have featured are full of inspiration and absolutely stunning!

  2. Kelly says:

    I so agree Pam!

  3. Pam says:

    I agree with everything you said. Isn’t an emerald gemstone the only true indicator of the emerald color?

  4. Totally agree with you Kelly, thanks for the clarification. I purchased some pillow online and the colour was stated as being teal, but in reality it was an emerald green. To me there is a huge difference between the two.

  5. Kelly says:

    Thank you everyone for proving I am not crazy looking at the different descriptions of emerald green. I think the majority feels that the true emerald green is the jewel green we all think of. We win!

  6. Theresa says:

    I totally agree with you! I was totally confused too. I thought I wasn’t seeing the color right.

  7. I thought the same thing- Pantone’s definitely has a blueish hue.I guess the joke is on all of us! The good news is we each get to decided what is Emerald to us and go with it!

  8. linda b says:

    Dear Kelly,
    You are correct…I too was confused by the representation of Emeral Green colors depicted. They are either lime greens or teal greens…emerald green, like the stone, is deeper, truer than what I am seeing online.

  9. I’m with you, Kelly. Pantone’s Emerald is a bit on the teal-ly side. And as Maria Killam pointed out, it’s hard to distinguish between it and Kelly Green. Although I prefer a TRUE emerald jewel green, I’m sure we’ll be seeing a range of dark, rich greens. Kind of how one company’s “oil-rubbed bronze” can be orangey-brown, while another’s is a patinaed black.

  10. I agree with you. I think of emerald green as the same examples you picked. All I can say is Pantone is trying to get us to pick some shade/tint of their chosen trendy color. Haha! Let’s face it, if any aspect of the fashion/design industry isn’t changing something, what new things do they have to sell us?

  11. Vanessa Rider says:

    I’m discovering that emerald green is a tricky color! It seems to be so similar to Kelly green that I saw them as virtually the same color. Now, through blog posts about Emerald, I’ve learned that one has a blue cast (Emerald) and the other a yellow cast (Kelly). What do you all think?

  12. Bobette Steanson says:

    Kelly, I totally agree, I was confused also! Bobette

  13. elaine says:

    i think you are right. their emerald green is not a true emerald green. oh well. i love your version better. it is a true deeper green.

  14. Hi Kelly, I think the Pantone color of the year is very similar to Annie Sloan’s Florence..which reads more like a malachite~a rich jewel green…but not an emerald green. Some have described it leanin towards turquoise. I agree with you…I think “emerald” is a bit of a misnomer…it does bring up images of a Kelly Green. In any case, the color is beautiful!

  15. Alice Craig says:

    Dear Kelly,

    You are absolutely right! “Your” green is emerald not those other colors! Those headboards are turquoise! With a name like Kelly and me being pure Irish (born and bred) I think we have to be right and also the right to insist on it!
    Thanks for your fabulous website : )

  16. Gretchen says:

    Yes, some of those hues seem turquoise or even teal.

  17. kim says:

    Wow, I so agree with you. I like the green you have chosen. It is so strange to call the color they have chosen Emerald Green!

  18. Kristin says:

    These things bother me as well! I am with you on the colour. My favourite of what you posted is the one with the table lamp in it. Gorgeous! And yes, in several of the pics the green is more of a teal than an emerald in my mind. However, when I looked up emeralds, several did have a teal hue, though most did not. Interesting.

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