Emily Henderson

Emerald; the color of the year

I have to admit that I love when Pantone deems one color ‘The Color of the Year.” It’s like the Oscar’s of colors. The Superbowl of palettes. The Miss America of the rainbow. Last year, it was Tangerine Tango. They have to give them cool names because there are just so many colors, and when we run out, we can’t go around all year saying “orange,” which if you say it over and over turns out to be a very ugly word. But Tangerine Tango? Oh, the sweet sound of that word practically turns me British.

But the winner this year? Emerald. BOOM.

Even Scar-jo loves emerald, all over her precious lady parts.


This sofa loves emerald velvet, and I love this sofa, although I’m curious if there is more of it and I’m not psyched about that pillow styling:

Rich emerald green velvet sofa

This chick loves emerald, in a super vintage way, although they are calling it “Mint,” and while it might be it still kinda feels like Emerald. I love vintage Vogue — oh, and I’ve taken to a lot of hat wearing – -fashion hats, not winter hats.

Vintage fashion


I love this house and this sofa, but still on the fence about the rug and pillows. And by “on the fence,” I mean I don’t really like them, BUT the photo is so pretty that it is disguising the contemporary nature of such rug.

George Smith Emerald Green Chesterfield

 Uh huh. One of my favorite rooms using a lot of said Emerald, but mixed with a traditional sofa and modern chandelier in a super old world building:

Emerald green!

Oh if i were a ship, how I would cloth my sails in such green cloth and sail around the world, or at least to the nearest flea market.


Hey credenza, get into my church/house. So weird and definitely has an ’80s spin to it, but that my friends is a pretty sculptural piece of furniture.

Oh, you know who else loves emerald? A little black cat that is always on trend, forever a slave to Pantone’s color of the year and a feline who commits hard and with total passion:


green meow

One Bearcat von Henderson  — who I’m currently holding like a baby, and she and I are both OK with it. It’s good practice and barely creepy.

I for one love emerald and was very happy that such a saturated color was going to saturate us this year. Had Mr and Mrs Pantone said “Greige,” I would have been slightly underwhelmed. But jewel tones are headed back and I’ll be here to support them.

Were you guys surprised? What would you have picked?

(And thank you soooo much EVERYONE who left a very sweet and supportive comment on the blog yesterday. Thank you thank you, thank you.)


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